One night after losing in Oklahoma City, Stephen Curry and the Warriors take on the Rockets in Houston. The NBA odds slightly favor the home team - who should we favor with our picks?
An opening spread of three (with Houston favored) has moved slightly down to two and a half. On the moneyline, the Warriors are at right around +130, with the Rockets at roughly -140 - that's for those that don't want to take any chances with a point spread and simply want to pick up the straight up winner.
Will we be seeing a high total for tonight's contest? You better believe it - these are two teams that are filled to the brim with pure offense, so we can see why NBA odds makers have posted a total of 212.
Recent success has the Rockets full of confidence, as it appears they've finally settled on a working rotation that's bring them positive results. They've won five of their last six games, and that streak includes wins over the Thunder and Cavaliers, albeit without superstar LeBron James on the court.
Nonetheless, Houston is playing well right now and will like their chances at home against Golden State, especially after taking care of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the rest of Oklahoma City on Thursday night. As usual, James Harden was terrific, as he tormented his former team for 31 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in 37 minutes of action. He was amazing. That being said, he got a lot of help too, as four other members of the Rockets reached double-digit scoring as well. Houston connected on 47.7 percent from the floor and nailed 16 threes in the win.
We're eager to see if the Rockets will be able to notch another statement win over a formidable Western Conference opponent. The Warriors present a whole different set of challenges and are going to want to bounce back after a disappointing loss last night.
Golden State Warriors
Unlike the Rockets, the Warriors were able to grab a win over Oklahoma City in their most recent matchup. Golden State, who rested Andrew Bogut and Andre Iguodala, hung around, but ultimately fell short in a 127-115 loss on the road. As a team, the Warriors shot 45.7 percent from the floor, but they were pretty awful on the defensive end of the court, especially when you considr how well they've been doing in that regard prior to last night.
Individually, Klay Thompson did everything he could to keep Golden State alive, as he went off for 32 points on 12-of-22 shooting. Stephen Curry was relatively quiet, and even solid performances from Marreese Speights (20/7/4) and Harrison Barnes (18/6/2) weren't enough for the visiting Warriors.
You'd have to think Steve Kerr's team will be amped up to make amends this evening. The Warriors are an excellent 14-5 on the road this season (31-6 overall) and have already beaten Houston twice this season, once at home and once on the road.
We're assuming that everyone will be back and in the rotation for the Warriors after both Bogut and Iguodala were rested last night. That's going to be a big boost for Golden State here, especially since this will be their second game in as many nights.
Even though we were very impressed with the Rockets in their win over a well-rested Thunder team the other day, the Warriors have been on another level this season and we expect them to show it tonight.
It's not too often you get to back a team as talented as Golden State at an underdog price, so we'll jump on the opportunity and side with the road team. Back the Warriors with your NBA picks on Saturday evening.
Free NBA Pick: Golden State Warriors +2.5 at Bookmaker