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Spurs Must Put Embarrassing Game 1 Loss Behind Them in Game 2

The Houston Rockets will visit the San Antonio Spurs for Game 2 of their NBA Western Conference best of seven semifinals series on Wednesday night from the AT&T Center in San Antonio.

The current line has San Antonio favored by 5.5 points with the over/under point total sitting on 215. Houston leads the series 1-0.

The Rockets shocked the Spurs with a stunning upset in Game 1 of 126-99. The Rockets led by 30 points at the half and were not threatened the entire game. In the game, Houston sharpshooters hit 22 shots from 3-point territory.

San Antonio could muster only 37% shooting overall in Game 1 and could not stop the Rockets defensively in a disappointing effort by the team. Manu Ginobili the veteran guard for the Spurs said the whole team must step up after being outplayed in all aspects of the game.

Houston higher score James Harden scored 20 points, handed out 14 assists and had 4 steals in Game 1. He downplayed the 27-point victory saying it was just one game and he and his teammates had to focus the same way for each of the remaining games in the series.

Houston forward Trevor Ariza scored 23 points and hit 5 shots from 3-point territory. In the first round in five games against Oklahoma City, Ariza averaged just 6 points per game.

San Antonio’s most valuable player forward Kawhi Leonard hit just 5 of his 14 shots in Game 1 scoring just 21 points and pulling down 11 boards.

Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge managed just 4 points hitting 2 of his 7 shots. Veteran guard Tony Parker scored just 11 points for the Spurs after ending the first round series with 27 points against Memphis,

Houston has won six straight playoff games at San Antonio.

San Antonio guard Danny Green is shooting 5 for 26 in its past five playoff games.

Rockets forward Ryan Anderson hits four shots from 3-point territory after going 3 for 24 during the previous series with the Thunder.

Houston is 6-1 ATS in its past 7 games against NBA Southwest opponents.

San Antonio is 5-11 ATS in its past 16 games against NBA Southwest opponents.

Prediction: San Antonio does not like being embarrassed much less at home. The Spurs will return strong on Wednesday night. Lean here toward the Spurs less the points.

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