Ah, the second-to-last Sunday in the NBA regular season. It might as well be the last Sunday that anyone cares about, however, because if all goes right next Sunday could be featuring…
Don’t jinx it, don’t jinx it, don’t jinx it.
The NBA is getting heavy, though, as we have a whopping 13 games on the board. Let’s take a look at what we have on tap. — Mark Gallant
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HOUSTON ROCKETS (-2) AT SAN ANTONIO SPURS | O/U: 208
3:30 p.m. ET | ABC
What the metrics say: The Spurs are 0-3 this season against Houston, and none of the games has been very close. In those affairs, the Spurs have allowed the Rockets to score a whopping 123.4, 112.1 and 119.5 points per 100 possessions. For reference, the Rockets’ league-best season-long mark is at 113.1 points/100. LaMarcus Aldridge didn’t play in the final game, although that hasn’t seemed to matter in this matchup: In the first game, a 124-109 blowout, the Spurs had Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard. There hasn’t been one way Houston has won each time: In one game, it was dominating at the rim. In another, it added a whopping nine points in transition. The fact is that the Rockets are in another league offensively and athletically this season and pose a very difficult matchup for the aging, banged-up Spurs. — Bryan Mears