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Game of the Night: Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs

Scanning over the NBA schedule tonight, it’s pretty apparent that the best looking match-up is the Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs.

After getting off to a somewhat bumpy start, the Houston Rockets have seemingly figured things out now. After a loss to the lowly Philadelphia 76ers a little over two weeks ago dropped them to 5-4, Daryl Morey’s bunch has lost only once since and now sport a 12-5 record. Tonight, James Harden, Dwight Howard, and company will be looking to win their fifth in a row as they take on the mighty San Antonio Spurs.

Nov 29, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets small forward Omri Casspi (18) dunks against the Brooklyn Nets during the first quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

One reason the Rockets have been playing so well lately? The play of Chandler Parsons. The small forward out of Florida has been playing well all season, but the in the last five games has really picked it up – especially from three. In the Rockets’ last outing, he went 6-6 from behind the arc, and has hit over 60% of his three-point attempts in Houston’s last five games. Another big game from Parsons would go a long way in giving the Rockets the victory over their cross-state rivals.

Meanwhile, the Spurs – who recently saw their 11-game win streak snapped by the Oklahoma City Thunder – will be looking to get another lengthy streak going. Last night, they got back to their winning ways with an easy victory over the young Orlando Magic, 109-91. Tim Duncan led the way with 19 points and 9 rebounds.

Tonight won’t be as simple for the Spurs, as the team’s lauded defense will get a tough test from the potent offense of the Rockets. Coming into tonight’s action, the Spurs sport a 92.5 defensive efficiency rating, the second best mark in the league. The Rockets, meanwhile, boast the league’s best offensive efficiency rating, at 108.7.

The Pick: I think the Spurs will frustrate Harden and Howard and hold on in a tight one thanks to some late-game heroics from Tony Parker. Spurs win 104-100.

National TV: None

Local TV: CSN Houston (Rockets) | KENS (Spurs) | Or check League Pass

Time: 8:30 p.m. ET

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