1. "I like Spurs in 6; every game down to the wire." In response to Reply # 0
Their 4 games this year were decided by a total of 12 points. The Spurs took three of four (by 6, 2, and 2; Rox won one by 2.)
If the Rox bench can keep performing like they did, they'll be tough to beat but I'm just not sure they'll be able to keep that up against San Antonio. I also think that enough of the reserves and Aldridge struggled enough in the first round that they could be focused on and committed to their roles this series.
Houston has the bench advantage, and the shooting will be able to come more freely against a less athletic team that gets back on transition defense more consistently but also more slowly. Close games more likely favor the Spurs with the superior one-on-one scorer (at least this season, he has been), and even if the Rockets grab an early lead in the series, San Antonio clearly has the coaching advantage. I just think the talent on Houston runs deeper and works together better. I am clearly biased, though. Rockets in 6, but any ending in 6 or 7 games wouldn't shock me. Either team grabbing it earlier than that would have to be injury-based, in my estimation.