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Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs Pick & Prediction JAN 16TH 2021

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Houston vs. San Antonio Recap JAN 16TH 2021

Keldon Johnson had 24 points and 11 rebounds, both career highs, and DeMar DeRozan added 23 points as the San Antonio Spurs rolled to a 123-105 win over the short-handed Houston Rockets on Tuesday afternoon in a key NBA seeding game near Orlando.

The win allowed the Spurs (32-38) to remain in the hunt for a spot in a play-in tournament for the Western Conference's final postseason spot. Portland, San Antonio and Phoenix are all chasing Memphis, with the team that finishes the restart in ninth place earning a chance to play the eighth-place squad for a berth in the playoffs.

San Antonio, which has won three straight games and is 5-2 in the NBA bubble, led by 17 points at halftime and by as many as 24 in the third quarter on the way to a 98-78 advantage heading into the final period.

Jakob Poeltl also had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds for San Antonio, with Rudy Gay and Marco Belinelli scoring 13 each, Lonnie Walker IV hitting for 12 points, and Dejounte Murray contributing 11 points.

Houston (44-26) has already clinched a postseason berth but after the loss Tuesday can finish no higher than fourth in the West standings.

Russell Westbrook led the Rockets with 20 points in his return after missing two games with a bruised right quadriceps. Jeff Green added 17 for Houston while Ben McLemore scored 16. Austin Rivers and Chris Clemons hit for 13 points apiece.

The Rockets, who have won four of their six games in the restart, played without leading scorer James Harden (who was held out for rest) and Eric Gordon (ankle).

The Spurs led by as many as 21 points late in the second quarter before settling for a 66-49 margin at halftime. DeRozan paced all scorers in the half with 15 points, with Walker, Poeltl and Johnson scoring 10 each for the Spurs over the first 24 minutes.

Green topped Houston's first-half scoring with 11 points while McLemore, Westbrook and Rivers tallied 10 points apiece in the half for the Rockets.

--Field Level Media

DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points and the San Antonio Spurs were at their best late in the fourth quarter to defeat the visiting, short-handed Houston Rockets 103-91 on Saturday in the second game between the teams over a three-day period.

Jakob Poeltl and Dejounte Murray added double-doubles for the Spurs.

The Spurs led by three points heading into the fourth quarter and by just 85-82 with 7:54 remaining before putting together a late 10-0 to finish off Houston.

After suiting up just nine players in a 109-105 win over the Spurs on Thursday, Houston only had eight healthy players (the league required minimum) available Saturday. The eighth, Rodions Kurucs, acquired as part of the Rockets' trade of James Harden to Brooklyn on Wednesday, joined the team on Saturday morning.

Murray had 18 points and 10 rebounds for San Antonio with Poeltl scoring 13 and taking 11 rebounds, and Keldon Johnson and Patty Mills hitting for 11 points each.

Christian Wood and Mason Jones led Houston with 24 points apiece while Ben McLemore hit for a season-high 21. Woods added a game-high 18 rebounds; Jones' point total was a career-high.

The Rockets were up by as many as nine points early in the second quarter. San Antonio rallied to tie the game late in the period before Jones' 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left allowed Houston to take a 53-50 lead at the half.

McLemore paced the Rockets with 18 points over the first 24 minutes, with Jones and Wood adding 12 points each in the half and Wood grabbing 10 rebounds before halftime.

DeRozan led San Antonio with 13 first-half points while Poeltl added 11 off the bench.

San Antonio went 1 for 10 from beyond the arc in the half, missing their first eight 3-point attempts, but stayed within reach by forcing 12 Houston turnovers that it converted into 16 first-half points.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Murray and Mills allowed the Spurs to score the final six points of a seesaw third quarter to give San Antonio a 75-72 lead heading into the final 12 minutes.

--Field Level Media

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Brooklyn Nets108.556 8-42-4120.3116.8L26-0-4
Boston Celtics96.600 5-24-4112.6110.4L36-0-4
New York Knicks810.444 3-45-6101.9103.6L23-0-7
Toronto Raptors79.438 5-32-6110.3108.3L16-0-4
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Indiana Pacers97.563 5-54-2112.6111.0L15-0-5
Cleveland Cavaliers88.500 5-33-5104.3108.8L14-0-6
Chicago Bulls79.438 2-45-5116.1118.2L15-0-5
Detroit Pistons313.188 2-71-6108.9113.6L42-0-8

Western Conference

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Portland Trail Blazers96.600 5-44-2114.9115.7L16-0-4
Denver Nuggets97.563 4-55-2116.8112.6L17-0-3
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Last Injuries

San Antonio Spurs

  • Quinndary Weatherspoon

    Ques Mon | questionable

    Weatherspoon missed the last game due to a left knee injury, and it is unclear if he will suit up against the Pelicans on Monday.

  • Dejounte Murray

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Murray was lifted from the previous game with a left ankle sprain, and it is unknown if he will play against the Wizards on Sunday.

  • Keita Bates-Diop

    Out indefinitely | out

    Bates-Diop has been sidelined with an upper-respiratory infection, and there is no timetable for his return.

  • Luka Samanic

    Out Wed | out

    Samanic was held out of the last two games due to a sore throat, and he will not face the Warriors on Wednesday.

  • Drew Eubanks

    Out indefinitely | out

    Eubanks is sidelined as he is following the NBA's health and safety protocols, and team officials have yet to provide an exact return date.

  • DeMar DeRozan

    Prob Thurs | probable

    DeRozan was held out of the last game while tending to a personal matter. It is anticipated that he will take the court against the Rockets on Thursday.

  • Devin Vassell

    Prob Tues | probable

    Vassell is fighting off a sore left knee, but it is likely that he will take on the Thunder on Tuesday.

Houston Rockets

  • Victor Oladipo

    Ques Tues | questionable

    Oladipo was held out of the last game due to a quad injury, and it is uncertain if he will be available against the Wizards on Tuesday.

  • Christian Wood

    Ques Tues | questionable

    Wood has missed the previous two games due to a right ankle sprain, and it is unknown if he will face the Wizards on Tuesday.

  • John Wall

    Prob Sat | probable

    Wall has been out of commission due to left knee soreness, but he is projected to return against the Mavericks on Saturday.

  • P.J. Tucker

    Prob Fri | probable

    Tucker is nursing an abdominal injury, but it is likely that he will line up against the Pistons on Friday.

  • Brodric Thomas

    Out indefinitely | out

    Thomas has been held out with a right ankle sprain, and it is unknown when he will return to the fold.

  • Sterling Brown

    Prob Wed | probable

    Brown missed the last two games due to right lower leg soreness, but it is not expected to keep him on the sidelines versus the Suns on Wednesday.

  • Eric Gordon

    Ques Mon | questionable

    Gordon has missed the previous two games with left leg tightness, and it is unclear if he will play against the Bulls on Monday.

  • DeMarcus Cousins

    Ques Mon | questionable

    Cousins sat out the last game due to right ankle soreness, and it is undetermined if he will face the Bulls on Monday.