NBA Futures & Predictions - Rockets & Warriors Two Of The Most Up-Tempo Teams In The West

Golden State Warriors Media Day

Charles Stark

Thursday, October 6, 2016 8:38 PM GMT

We continue looking at the win-loss totals for teams in the NBA this season as set by oddsmakers. Today we will take a look at the Western Conference at two of the most up-tempo teams in the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets. Can Houston improve with new coach Mike D'Antoni and can Golden State match last year's success?

Golden State Warriors

Golden State won 73 games last year setting and NBA record and picked up the incredible Kevin Durant for this campaign. It seems that oddsmakers have come out tempering expectations for Golden State although considering on paper, especially their starting five, looks better last season. This was a team that not only was extremely tough with their starting lineup but also very deep and they lost a little bit of that depth this season. After losing the championship we might look for the Warriors to play things a little bit closer to the vest and focus on keeping guys healthy. The issue for them won't be winning so much as to being able to secure the number one seed which they will likely compete for with the San Antonio Spurs. This type of scenario is one of the more difficult picks to make as far as over/under win totals but for my NBA pick, I believe under is the way to go with the Warriors. This is a team that could come out and destroy everyone but I believe it will go through some growing pains and focus on health. When they get to the playoffs, though, look out.

NBA Free Pick: Under 66.5

 

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Houston Rockets

The Rockets were 41-41 last season and made the playoffs as the eighth seed and their main issue last year was on the defensive end. Last season Houston allowed 106.6 points per game which ranked them 26th in the NBA. What kind of shocked me is that instead of addressing this main problem they went ahead and hired a coach in Mike D'Antoni who is known specifically for his offensive genius and not at all at putting any premium on defense. While they will be a fun team to watch it seems oddsmakers are not buying into the fact that they will be any better than last year and all indications across the board are that they won't.  Pairing up a bad defensive player in Harden with a coach that doesn't focus on that aspect could spell doom as far as the win column is concerned but I am going to take a shot with my NBA pick that the Rockets will win a bit more than last year despite lacking defensively.  Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson are interesting additions, however, a deep playoff push is unlikely.

NBA Free Pick: Over 41.5

 

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