Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Houston Rockets – Summer League Game #3

The San Antonio Spurs will try to find their way to the summer league winning track tonight when they take on the Houston Rockets. The Spurs began summer league with a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers (GRADES) and then followed it up with a defeat at the hands of the Golden State Warriors (GRADES). To avoid going 0-3, they’ll need to knock off a talented Rockets squad on the second night of a back-to-back, and do so without Joshua Primo, who has entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols. Primo is expected to miss the remainder of Summer League.

Blake Wesley Off to a Strong Start for the Spurs

Two games into his Spurs career and Blake Wesley is already becoming a fan favorite. He’s averaging 21.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists. Wesley has also connected on 7-of-11 three-point attempts.

Offensively, the 25th overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft is turning heads with his athleticism and explosive drives in the open court. When given space, he’s rising up and knocking down jumpers — usually off of the bounce.

Defensively, Wesley has arguably been equally as impressive. He applies pressure defense on the perimeter and his rotations have been timely. 

Darius Days Two-Way Contract Incoming?

The Spurs have only signed one player to a two-way contract: undrafted big man Dominick Barlow. Who will get San Antonio’s other two-way contract? The early leader in the clubhouse appears to be Darius Days.

The muscular big man out of LSU is averaging 14.0 points and 9.5 rebounds in only 20.7 minutes per game. He has shown off range that extends beyond the NBA three-point line. Defensively, he’s mobile on the perimeter and isn’t afraid to bang in the low block.

At this point, the only reason the Spurs would hesitate to sign Days to a two-way contract is if they don’t want both two-way players to be big men. 

Why the Houston Rockets Will Be a Tall Task for the Spurs

Getting a win tonight won’t be easy for the Spurs, as the Rockets have a lot of talented players on their summer league roster. Jabari Smith, the third overall pick in the draft, headlines their starting lineup. Josh Christopher, who was drafted last year, is averaging more than 20 points per game so far in summer league. Tari Eason, the 17th overall pick in this year’s draft, is averaging 11.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.5 blocks.

Spurs vs. Rockets Summer League Betting Odds

The Rockets and their talented roster are favored by 4.5 points tonight. The over/under is set at 174.5.

Considering that the Spurs are on the second night of a back-to-back, it’d be difficult to bet on San Antonio covering that spread because it’s possible that they’ll have multiple players sitting out. For that reason, if you’re going to bet on this game, picking the Rockets to cover is likely the smartest move.