NBA Picks on Spread in Rockets vs. Warriors

Jeff Grant

Friday, December 13, 2013 3:11 PM GMT

Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 3:11 PM GMT

The Houston Rockets have played solid basketball when playing on the second night of a back-to-back situation, as they prepare to face the Golden State Warriors Friday. Find out why we are looking closely at the spread with our NBA picks tonight.

Let’s take a closer look at the NBA odds for this Western Conference matchup at Oracle Arena, with the opening tip scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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Tough loss in the Pacific Northwest 

Houston had its two-game winning streak snapped Thursday, as it suffered a 111-104 defeat to the Portland Trail Blazers as two-point road underdogs, while going OVER the betting total for the first time in four contests.

The Rockets continue to be led by shooting guard James Harden on the offensive end, as he’s averaging 28.0 points over his last six games.

Alternating pattern 

Golden State has alternated wins and losses over its last five games, as it picked up a 95-93 victory over the Dallas Mavericks as six-point home favorites Wednesday—improving its record to 7-2 SU overall at this venue. 

The Warriors will likely continue their recent pattern of alternating wins and losses, considering they’ve dropped 17 of their last 21 meetings against the Rockets. 

A bad situation 

NBA handicappers may elect to fade the Rockets in this situation, considering they’ve gone 7-13 SUATS as road underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 11-9 in those 20 opportunities. 

Houston will play its second game without head coach Kevin McHale, who has left the franchise momentarily to mourn the death of his mother that passed away on Tuesday.

Slow starts 

The Warriors are difficult to back as a favorite against a high-scoring team, as they’ve been outscored by an average of 11.6 points in the first half in their last five contests.

Golden State can ill-afford that type of start Friday, as it dropped a 105-83 decision to Houston as five-point road underdogs in the first meeting of the 2013-14 campaign on Dec. 6.

Make sure to also check out our: NBA Friday Picks of the Day

Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Rockets with their NBA picks, as the Warriors have failed to cover all four games this season as home favorites of 3.5 to 6 points. 

NBA Pick:  Houston Rockets +3.5

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