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Rockets Face Elimination in Game 6 Versus Spurs

NBA Western Conference semifinals’ Game 6 of the best of seven series between the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets will tip off from Houston’s Toyota Center Thursday Night with San Antonio leading the series 3-2. The current line has Houston favored by 7.5 points with the over/under point total sitting on 213.5.

San Antonio’s high scorer Kawhi Leonard told reporters he would be starting on Thursday after suffering an injury to his left ankle during the Spurs Game 5 win at home. He had to leave Game 5 due to the injury but said he would play on Thursday.

San Antonio won Game 5 to inch within one win of reaching the conference finals. Leonard prior to his injury scored 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. However, the Spurs know how tough of an offensive team the Rockets have and how difficult it will be to beat them on the road.

Houston high scorer James Harden scored 33 points, grabbed 10 boards and handed out 10 assists in his team’s overtime loss in Game 5. However, his 3-point shot in the final seconds was blocked by Manu Ginobili the veteran guard for the Spurs.

Harden has averaged over 27 points and 10 assists for Houston, but hit only 4 of his 15 shots from 3-point territory during Game 5.

Houston misses the play of Nene their veteran center who is out for the playoffs with a groin injury, and used just seven players during the loss on Tuesday.

Ginobili played his best game of this series scoring 12 points, grabbing 7 boards and dishing out 5 assists for the Spurs.

Patty Mills should start at point guard for San Antonio for a second consecutive game after he scored 20 points in Game 5.

San Antonio is 3-1 playing at Houston this season, winning both regular season games and splitting Games 3 and 4 during the series.

San Antonio power forward LaMarcus Aldridge scored 18 points and hauled down 14 rebounds during Game 5.

Houston guard Patrick Beverley scored 20 points after averaging just 9.3 per game through the first four games of the series.

San Antonio is 2-6 ATS in its past 8 conference semifinal games.

Houston is 6-13 ATS in its past 19 games played.

Prediction: Houston will have its back against the wall as it faces an elimination game. Look for Rockets to send the series back to San Antonio for a seventh and final game. Lean here on Houston.

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