It promises to be a long night for the San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics tonight, writes Unibet columnist Mark Woods...
Houston Rockets 1.82, San Antonio Spurs 2.02 - BET and STREAM live on Unibet TV from 01.05 GMT
The San Antonio Spurs’ hallmark is their consistency. However injuries could derail their hopes of avoiding a second straight loss when they travel to the Houston Rockets on Tuesday.
Defeated in three of their last five, San Antonio will look to avoid back-to-back reverses for the first time this season but their cause will again be hampered by the absence of Kawhi Leonard, along with Tiago Splitter and Danny Green.
Leonard will likely be an All Star some day, once Manu Ginobili steps aside. And his defensive impact is such that the Spurs drop from allowing 98.6 points per 100 possessions with him on the floor to 101.1 without him, a small margin but one which makes a huge difference when he is often guarding the opposing team’s best player.
In the case of the Rockets, that should make life easier for James Harden who is already averaging 23.7 points per game and who has put up a mark of 29.5 in Houston’s two wins over their Texan neighbours to date.
The Rockets are -1.5 on the handicap to make it a three-peat but with both teams bellow their offensive best in recent days, have a look under the total points line of 211.5, available at 1.87.
New York Knicks 1.40, Boston Celtics 2.95 - BET and STREAM live on Unibet TV from 00.35 GMT
Old foes, new momentum for the New York Knicks who have bounced out of their slump with successive wins over Charlotte and the LA Lakers. They host the Boston Celtics on Tuesday and although the C’s claimed the two previous meetings, they’re 1-10 on the road over their last 11.
And with Carmelo Anthony averaging 30.1 points over his last ten games, the Knicks at -10.5 on the handicap at 3.10 may be a steal.
Best bet: Take Houston at -1.5 on the handicap over San Antonio at 1.90.