Take Rockets As Your NBA Pick To Play Great Offensively vs.Warriors

Monday, April 18, 2016 4:49 PM GMT

Saturday afternoon’s game wasn’t much of a contest, as the Warriors led wire to wire in a (104-78) victory. I expect that high-scoring NBA pick Houston will have much better offensive success.

The Houston Rockets and Golden St. Warriors continue their 2016 Round 1 NBA Playoff series with Game 2 scheduled for a 10:30 ET tip as televised by TNT TV.

Golden State Warriors Preview
Aiding the cause of Houston is the injured right ankle of Stephen Curry. With a current line of (13-) points, the line is saying that Curry will play. How effectively… remains to be seen! Curry did not practice on Sunday, after turning his right ankle late in the first half of the (104-78) victory over the Rockets.

The training staff is doing everything in their power to ensure that Curry will be available Monday night. Though the Warriors are a deep team on the offensive end and an underrated team on defense, there is no doubt that their MVP leader is a key presence on the offensive end of the court.

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Houston Rockets Overview
The Houston Rockets clearly need a better start than their first half of the previous game. They were down by 18 in the 1st quarter and by 27 at the half. Houston star guard, Harden, put it in perspective by noting that whether you lose by 1 point or 30 points, it's only 1 defeat in a potential 7-game series.

Harden will need to look at his own performance, if Houston's fortunes are to improve. Harden scored only 17 points in Game 1, making just 7/19 from the field and failing to attempt a foul shot! It is highly unlikely that the prideful Harden comes with that lack of intensity and passion again tonight.

Final Analysis
This is a classic double digit dog, bounce back spot in the NBA Playoffs. A Game 1 big favorite has a huge blowout effort to create the tone of the series.

But in Game 2, the embarrassed-underdog bounces back with the more prideful performance, threatens to win the game outright and comes in handily under the number. In last year's NBA Playoffs, NBA double digit favorites who won the previous game in the series went 0-5 ATS with Golden St. being responsible for 3 of those pointspread losses.

From a long-time perspective, NBA double digit playoff underdogs, who come off a SU ATS loss in the previous series meeting, are a lofty 34-18 ATS. Play this early with the chance that Curry will not make post or at least be less than 100% effective. I invite you to put the NBA odds in your favor and join me in my NBA picks on the Houston Rockets tonight.

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Free NBA Pick: Houston Rockets +900
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