NBA Picks on Spread in Rockets vs. Warriors

Friday, December 13, 2013 3:11 PM UTC

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

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.
<p style="text-align:center"> <style type="text/css"><!-- br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;} --></style> <span style="font-size:13px;font-family:arial,sans,sans-serif;font-weight:bold;color:#000000;text-align:left"></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Let’s take a closer look at the <a target="_blank" title="Live NBA Odds &amp; Basketball Betting Lines" href="/betting-odds/nba-basketball/">NBA odds</a> for this Western Conference matchup at Oracle Arena, with the opening tip scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.</span></p> <p>[gameodds]5/250037/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</p> <p><b>Tough loss in the Pacific Northwest</b><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>Houston had its two-game winning streak snapped Thursday, as it suffered a <a href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/nba-picks-rockets-vs-trail-blazers-a-35762/" title="NBA Picks: Rockets vs. Trail Blazers" target="_blank">111-104 defeat to the Portland Trail Blazers</a> as two-point road underdogs, while going OVER the betting total for the first time in four contests.</p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">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.</span></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Alternating pattern</b><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>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.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>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.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p><b>A bad situation</b><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p><a target="_blank" title="Share your thoughts with fellow NBA Handicappers in our betting forums" href="">NBA handicappers</a> 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.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>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.</p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Slow starts</b><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>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.</p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">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.</span></p> <p style="text-align:center"><span style="font-size:1em"><em>Make sure to also check out our: </em><em><a href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/top-nba-picks-friday-night-s-games-a-35795/" title="NBA Pick: Friday Picks of the Day" target="_blank">NBA Friday Picks of the Day</a></em><br /></span></p> <p><b>Prediction</b><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>I’m going to recommend that readers back the Rockets <span>with their </span><a href="/nba-basketball/" title="For the latest in basketball picks, odds and info, visit!" target="_blank">NBA picks</a>, as the Warriors have failed to cover all four games this season as home favorites of 3.5 to 6 points.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p><strong>NBA Pick:</strong>  Houston Rockets +3.5</p>
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