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A Western Conference bout on Thursday night has the San Antonio Spurs hosting the Houston Rockets. The Spurs are 6-18 overall, including an 11-game losing streak, while Houston is 7-17 on the season but has won two of its last three games. This is the first of four matchups between Southwest Division foes. Jae'Sean Tate (ankle) is out for Houston with Kevin Porter Jr. (ankle) questionable. Out for San Antonio are Jakob Poeltl (knee) and Jeremy Sochan (quad), while Devin Vassell (knee) is doubtful.

Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. Caesars Sportsbook lists the Rockets as a 1 point favorite in the latest Rockets vs. Spurs odds The over/under for total points is set at 229.5. Before making any Spurs vs. Rockets picks, you'll want to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from the proven computer model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past four-plus seasons. The model enters Week 8 of the 2022-23 NBA season on a stunning 111-70 roll on all top-rated NBA picks that dates back to last season, returning more than $3,000. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Rockets vs. Spurs and just locked in its picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are several NBA odds and betting lines and trends for Spurs vs. Rockets:

  • Rockets vs. Spurs spread: Houston -1
  • Rockets vs. Spurs Over-Under: 229.5 points
  • Rockets vs. Spurs money line: Houston -115, San Antonio -105
  • HOU: Rockets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a losing home record
  • SA: Over is 4-0 in Spurs' last 4 vs. a team with a losing straight-up record
  • Rockets vs. Spurs picks: See picks at SportsLine
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Why the Rockets can cover

Rookie Tari Eason has been one of the most productive players in his class, and he's really taken his game to another level as of late. The No. 17 overall pick is averaging 13.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game in December, while shooting 58.6% from the field. On a per-minute basis, he's even outproduced No. 3 overall pick Jabari Smith Jr., by averaging more points, rebounds, assists and steals, while shooting a higher percentage from the field.

Center Alperen Sengun runs well for a big and likes to play physically. Sengun is able to score in the low post with great footwork. The 2021 first-round pick is relentless on the offensive glass and has been an excellent finisher around the rim, averaging 14.9 points with a team-high 8.6 rebounds. On Nov. 30, he logged 18 points and 11 rebounds. 

Why the Spurs can cover

Forward Keldon Johnson is an athletic wing who is great at finishing around the basket along with possessing a reliable jumper from the perimeter. The Kentucky product fights for boards and can create offense for himself. He's putting up 20.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game. On Sunday's loss to the Suns, Johnson finished with 27 points and five rebounds.

Guard Tre Jones is a floor general who looks to set up his teammates for easy looks. Jones finds great angles and easy dump-offs for big men, and the Duke product can also hit pull-up jumpers. The 22-year-old averages 12.1 points with a team-high 6.9 assists per contest. On Nov. 26, he supplied 23 points, eight rebounds, and 13 dimes.

How to make Rockets vs. Spurs picks

SportsLine's model is leaning Over on the total, with 10 players projected to score in double-figures. The model also says one side of the spread hits over 50% of the time. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Rockets vs. Spurs? And which side of the spread hits in over 50% of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.