Season-High Game Total on the Board for Warriors-Rockets Tilt

Golden State Warriors

Jay Pryce

Saturday, January 20, 2018 3:07 PM GMT

Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 3:07 PM GMT

Oddsmakers opened the Warriors-Rockets clash Saturday with a 234 game total, tying the highest mark for an NBA matchup this season. The numbers point to be a barnburner. Will it deliver?

Golden State Warriors vs Houston Rockets

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Free NBA Pick: Over 234Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle Warriors (37-9 SU, 21-25 ATS): Curry Dominates Matchup, Offense on Fire

The Warriors are 16-3 SU and 12-6-1 ATS with Steph Curry in the lineup under head coach Steve Kerr. The two-time MVP posts 26.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 1.8 steals, and 4.3 treys in 33.5 minutes per game. For bettors, backing Golden State is a goldmine when the matchup goes off with a single-digit line. Curry and crew are 9-2-1 ATS, covering a -4.1 average line bu 9.2 points per contest. This includes the 124-114 Warriors win on January 4.

The Warriors offense is on fire. Since Christmas, it averages 119.9 points per game on 52.3 percent shooting. It has hit the century mark in all 12 contests in this stretch. Kevin Durant and Curry have been on the court for just five. The figures jump to 126.0 per game on 53.5 percent from the floor behind the superstars. Golden State’s 116.9 points per 100 possessions in its last five played rates as the most efficient in the NBA.

Two-way star Draymond Green is expected to play after sitting out of the 119-112 win over the Bulls Wednesday with a sore shoulder. When Green, Durant, Curry, and Klay Thompson are all in the starting lineup, the team averages 119.1 points per game all-time (120.0 in 2017).

Rockets (31-12 SU, 21-22 ATS): Harden Cleared For More Minutes, Perfect When Healthy

James Harden looked off in his first game in over a month after straining his hamstring in December. The six-time All-Star scored 10 points on 3-of-15 shooting in 25 minutes in a 116-98 win over the Timberwolves Thursday. The workhorse, averaging 36.0 minutes a night, is likely not up to game shape. Following the Minnesota win, head coach Mike D’Antoni said he expects to play Harden closer to 30 minutes hosting the Warriors. Will bettors see more rust? This is class:

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Houston is at full strength for just the second time since the New Year. The Rockets are a perfect 16-0 SU and 10-6 ATS when Harden, point guard Chris Paul and center Clint Capela share the court. The offense is off the charts, averaging 121.6 points per game in this configuration. When one of the trio is missing, scoring dips to 110.8 per contest.

Pick

Signals are pointing to a barnburner. Harden’s fitness is a slight concern, but just his presence forces defenses to adjust, paving the way for his teammates to find good looks. Both teams are gunning for 120 points and each get there. Pick ‘over’ 234 as your best bet.

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