Lay the Points with Streaking Warriors vs. Rockets

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Jay Pryce

Friday, March 31, 2017 1:58 PM GMT

Friday, Mar. 31, 2017 1:58 PM GMT

The Rockets and Warriors clash for the second time in less than a week Friday night (10:30 p.m. ET), this time at Oracle Arena. Will Golden State make it 10 wins a row? You bet.

Houston has rewritten the history books when it comes to 3-pointers this season, both in attempts and number made. It set the NBA single-season record with 1,078 drained Thursday night in a 117-107 loss at Portland. James Harden and Co. will have to be on their mark from deep to steal one at Oracle Arena on Friday night.

The Rockets have dropped two games in a row, the first coming in a Tuesday night home defeat to Golden State (113-106). Amazingly, one has to go back more than a year to find the last time the Rockets dropped three straight.

Houston has played below expectations against the league’s better teams of late. Versus foes with a winning record, it is 5-9 SU and ATS since early January. The Rockets have tipped off -3.6 favorites on average in this situation, but are spotted 8 points at Golden State tonight. When getting points in the betting market, they are 1-2 SU and 2-1 ATS in this spot.

Poor shooting hampers Houston under these conditions. It is averaging 112.9 points per game on 44.5 percent shooting, staying below its projected team total in nine of the 14 contests. Against teams with a .500 record or worse during this time, the Rockets are 15-5 SU and 11-8-1 ATS, posting 119.3 points per game on 46.8 percent from the field.

Golden State’s defense is improving with Kevin Durant on the mend due to a hyperxtended knee, which is surprising to some analysts. The Warriors tallied a 101.3 defensive rating prior to the injury, yet now boast a 99.9 figure. The reinvigorated unit was on full display Wednesday night, as Golden State rallied from a 22-point deficit to shock the Spurs 110-98 as 4-point pups in San Antonio.

The Warriors have strung together nine wins in a row, going 7-2 ATS in the process. The defense is allowing 96.4 points per game on 41.4 percent shooting during the streak. When Durant does not suit up this season, the 'under' is 13-1-2. The total score is staying 10.7 points below the number, but the market is close to catching up with two of the last four outings pushes.

The Warriors are 18-3 SU and 14-7 ATS in their last 21 matchups with the Rockets. In games with a single-digit line, Golden State has covered 11 of 14 contests. Look for a similar result here. Much of Golden State’s defensive improvement has come on the perimeter, where the Rockets thrive. Houston struggled from the field in their Tuesday meeting, shooting just 38.8 percent from the floor. The team’s 16 percent from downtown was its second-lowest rate all season. The Warriors’ run of stellar play continues.

Free NBA Pick: Warriors -8Best Line Offered: BetDSI

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