Rockets Look to Rebound Against Spurs in Game 6

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Leonard Gametime Decision for Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs and the Houston Rockets will meet at Toyota Center on Thursday night. The Spurs are on the verge of clinching this series and moving onto the Western Conference finals. The Golden State Warriors await the winners. The Spurs lead the series three games to two, but the injury bug may get them tonight.

Spurs all-star forward Kawhi Leonard injured his right ankle on Tuesday night. He sat out overtime and finished with 22 points and 15 rebounds in 38 minutes. Leonard pledged to play in Game 6, but uncertainty has gripped the Spurs again. Pre-game warmups will determine his status.

Oddsmakers opened the Rockets as -6.5-point favorites versus the Spurs. The game’s total opened at 215. The line has held steady because of Leonard’s injury status.

Houston was a 110-107 loser on the road against the Spurs. They covered the +5.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (217) was profitable news for OVER bettors. With the Rockets set to host Game 6 on Thursday night hey will have to live with the fact that they could have closed out the Spurs at home. Now they face their first elimination game of this postseason. Critical errors and empty possessions down the stretch doomed the Rockets. Houston coughed up a nine-point lead and enabled San Antonio to claim the victory.

Houston surrendered 18 offensive rebounds to the Spurs. They slipped into an offensive slog as the game closed as well, scoring 22 points during the fourth quarter and overtime. Without Nene, Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni opted for a seven-man rotation.

The Spurs have their own set of concerns. Coach Gregg Popovich altered his starting lineup by inserting veteran Patty Mills at point guard. He opted for Dejounte Murray for Games 3 and 4. Murray did not play in San Antonio after being the first choice to replace Parker.

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San Antonio home to Houston Sunday, May 14 (If Needed)

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