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Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs game preview

The Houston Rockets welcome Victor Wembanyama and the San Antonio Spurs to Toyota Center

NBA: Houston Rockets at San Antonio Spurs Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Rockets finally won a road game.

Now, they welcome a San Antonio Spurs team that already has a win over the Rockets, but are mired in a 16-game losing streak. Incredibly enough, that’s not the season’s longest losing streak because the Detroit Pistons are currently on a 19-game winless streak. Those two teams, along with Washington, are the early frontrunners to finish in the bottom 3 in the standings. However, don’t discount the Charlotte Hornets (LaMelo Ball is out for a while) and Portland Trail Blazers (they’ve openly tanked after the All-Star break two years in a row and somehow got away with it). Hilariously, the Spurs and Pistons play each other on the last day of the season. If they are within one game of each other, we could get to witness the greatest tank-off in NBA history.

You know this is a game the Spurs have circled on their calendar. They’ve beaten Houston already, and this is as good a time as any to end the futility. On paper, the Spurs don’t get another winnable game until late December, when they get Utah in San Antonio followed by two road games in Portland. I doubt the streak will last until then because the NBA is wild and sometimes a team without a road win goes into the building of the defending champions and hands them their first home loss since March.

I assume Toyota Center will be filled with fans looking to catch a glimpse of Victor Wembanyama. The 19-foot tall (all stats approximate) “small forward that definitely plays center on defense but the Spurs don’t want to list him at center for whatever reason” is a massive human being with the longest arms I’ve seen play on a Toyota Center court since...last week when Chet Holmgren played at the Yote. Holmgren had six blocks in that game, but Houston mostly neutralized him in that contest.

Tip-off

7pm CT

How to Watch

Space City Home Network

Injuries/Other

Rockets

Dillon Brooks-questionable (illness)

Tari Eason-questionable (lower leg)

Spurs

None

The Line (as of this post)

HOU -8.5

Looking ahead because we can

Wednesday at home against Memphis

Poll

Poll

The Spurs are winning tonight, right?

This poll is closed

  • 9%
    Definitely
    (6 votes)
  • 13%
    Absolutely
    (9 votes)
  • 77%
    What’s a reverse jinx?
    (51 votes)
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