San Antonio Spurs vs Houston Rockets NBA Odds, Preview, Prediction and Tips
San Antonio Spurs vs Houston Rockets Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview of the match for the NBA Basketball Game on Saturday February 6th, 2021.
There's a seriousness in the way Rockets coach Stephen Silas talks about Houston rookie forward Jae'Sean Tate, whose rapid development this season has been a pleasant surprise.
Tate combined a career-high 19 points with seven rebounds and added two blocked shots in the Rockets' 115-103 win over Memphis on Thursday, further establishing himself as a key cog in the rotation.
Tate has become a fixture in the starting lineup and will make the 12th start of his career Saturday when the Rockets host the San Antonio Spurs at Toyota Center.
Silas offers no ambiguity in discussing how vital the two-way role Tate plays is. And in Tate, the Rockets' first-year coach has found a kinship and something that ties them together.
Tate almost immediately made his mark on defense, displaying from the start a versatility and ferocity similar to that of P.J. Tucker, also an undersized forward on Houston's front court.
But where Tate has flashed an unexpected promise is offensively. He drilled two 3s against the Grizzlies, marking only his third game this season with multiple 3s. Tate's further progress in that regard would further enhance an offense that is still in shape for a Rockets team that has won 7 of 8 games after a bumpy transition after the James Harden trade.
The Spurs, like the Rockets, are still in the process of forging an identity. After failing to make the playoffs last season for the first time in more than two decades, the Spurs are transitioning from relying on veterans like LaMarcus Aldridge, Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan to a collection of twentysomethings who represent the future of the franchise. DeRozan leads the Spurs in scoring with 20.1 points per game, but is flanked by several promising players.
That can be a volatile mix. The Spurs had won five of seven games before suffering a pair of crushing losses to the Grizzlies, only to rebound from a 16-point deficit to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.
Of the Spurs' 10 losses, five have come by 14 or more points, making the comeback against Minnesota encouraging and something positive to build on.
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