NBA Thursday Pick: Warriors To Cover In Shootout Against Rockets

Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts screaming in the middle of the court after scoring

Kevin Stott

Thursday, December 1, 2016 4:38 PM GMT

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 4:38 PM GMT

Golden State added Kevin Durant to the best-shooting team in NBA history, and on Thursday the Warriors put another long winning streak to the test when they welcome James Harden and the Rockets. NBA odds list the Warriors at -11.


Odds Overview

This is the second TNT game on Thursday with a tip around 10:30 p.m. ET. p.m. EST): The Warriors (16-2, 8-9-1 ATS) put their 12-game winning streak on the line against Houston 11-7 SU, 12-6 ATS) in what should be an up-tempo Western Conference showdown. NBA odds have the host Warriors solid 11- (5Dimes) to 11½-point favorites (BookMaker) -- they opened at -10 -- with the total in the 230½ (BetDSI) to 231-point (BetOnline) range -- up from its opening 229 (Heritage) on Wednesday. The moneyline odds see Golden State (+12.7 PD) priced at +625 (Pinnacle) -- up 100 since open (+525) -- with the Rockets (+3.3 PD) +516 as underdogs.


Houston Rockets Overview, Team Trends

The Rockets (160/1 to win NBA championship, 5Dimes) have decided to let Harden run the point full time this season and are 7-2 ATS L9 overall, 6-0 ATS L6 following a SU Loss, 5-0 ATS L5 after ATS Loss, 10-1 ATS L11 after Allowing 100+ Points Their Previous Game, 9-2 ATS L11 with 1 Day Rest, and 52-24-3 L79 Thursdays.


The Under is 6-0 L6 Houston (7-5 SU Road) games vs. Team With .600+ Winning % while the Over is 4-0 in the L4 Rockets games overall, 25-11 L36 Following SU Loss and 5-0 L5 vs. Western Conference.



Golden State Warriors Overview, Team Trends

The Warriors (-120 to win NBA Championship, BetOnline) added Durant (Thunder) and now are simply trying to outscore opponents (117.6 ppg, #1 NBA). And with All-Stars Stephen Curry (26.6 ppg), Durant (27.1 ppg), Klay Thompson (20.7 ppg) and Draymond Green (10.1 ppg), who can blame former gunner himself and coach Steve Kerr for embracing an ABA-like style? Golden State (7-1 SU Home) heads in on a 12-game win streak -- the only team in the NBA to achieve that feat twice in the L2 years.



The Warriors are 13-3 ATS L16 Thursdays, 36-15-2 ATS L53 Home Games Against a Road Team With Winning Record, 19-9 ATS L28 vs. Southwest Division, 0-7-1 ATS L8 playing on 2 Days Rest, and 3-7 ATS L10 Home dribbles.



Series Trends, Final Thoughts, Game Pick

The Favorite is 4-1 ATS L5 meetings in this series as is the home team, and Andre Iguodala and the Warriors (W8 SU vs HOU) are 4-1 ATS the L4 at ORACLE and 4-1 ATS the L4 overall vs. the Rockets. The 'under' is 5-2 the L7 in this series in Oakland, 4-1 the L5 overall and the L3 meetings -- in the 2016 Western Conference First Round -- all went 'under.' Here in this matchup, after playing a relatively poor game against Atlanta on Monday, expect Golden State to outgun an opponent a little lax at playing defense and roll to its 13th straight victory.



PREDICTED FINAL SCORE: Warriors 123 Rockets 103

NBA THURSDAY PICK: Warriors -11 (-103)

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