Warriors Return to Houston for First Time Since Epic West Finals Game 7

Thursday, November 15, 2018 1:48 PM UTC

Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 1:48 PM UTC

The Golden State Warriors return to Houston on Thursday night for the first time since escaping there in Game 7 of last season’s Western Conference Finals.

<h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/golden-state-warriors-vs-houston-rockets-3569963/odds/" rel="nofollow">Golden State (12-3 SU, 8-7 ATS) at Houston (6-7 SU, 5-8 ATS)</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Thursday, 8 p.m. ET (TNT)</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Free NBA Pick: Under</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Best Line Offered: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4423&amp;book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow">BetOnline</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3569963, "sportsbooksIds":[1096,999991,93,169,238], "LineTypeId":3, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>Just think how differently the Golden State Warriors’ dynasty might be considered if things had gone, well, differently between the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/" rel="nofollow">Warriors and Rockets </a>from Houston’s Toyota Center on May 28 in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals.</p><p>Actually, let’s go back to the night of May 24 in Houston. The Rockets beat the Warriors in Game 5 of the West Finals 98-94 to take a 3-2 series lead. However, Chris Paul injured his hamstring in the final minute of that game and would not play again in the series. That changed everything.</p><p>The Dubs rolled at home in Game 6 115-86 to force a Game 7 back in Houston. The Rockets led 54-43 at the half but it all fell apart in the third when Golden State outscored the Rockets 33-15 to win 101-92 and reach a fourth straight NBA Finals. Of course, the Warriors would win their third title.</p><p>Houston had arguably the biggest choke job in league history in that loss, shooting just 7-for-44 from three-point range – including missing an impossible 27 straight at one point. James Harden was just 2-for-13 from deep, Eric Gordon 2-for-12 and Trevor Ariza 0-for-9. It was freaking hard to watch. On the flip side, Kevin Durant and Steph Curry raised their games and finished with 34 and 27 points, respectively.</p><p>The teams meet Thursday on national TV in Houston for the first time since that Game 7. The Rockets, for what it’s worth, won two of three last regular season vs. Golden State. The teams were separated by one total point. That Houston club was a lot better than this version, although the Rockets seem likely to catch a break here with Curry probably out again. The winning team has scored 110+ points in 11 of the past 12 meetings between these two in the regular season and at least 120 seven times.</p><p style="text-align:center">[/]{"component":"video", "type":"youtube", "url":"https://www.youtube.com/embed/nA3vdCQiCMY", "videoSize":"Large" }[/]</p><h2>Drama! We Got Drama!</h2><p>We have drama on both sides. Houston seems to have solved its issues, though, by essentially erasing Carmelo Anthony from the team’s collective memory. Houston has been without Melo, who will be released, the past three games.</p><p>The Rockets impressively won the previous two, including 109-99 in Denver on Tuesday; we have to admit we took the Nuggets ATS there because Rockets center Clint Capela was in question, but he played and led the team with 24 points. Harden scored 19 of his 22 in the second half. Reserve Gerald Green missed his second in a row with a right ankle sprain but there’s a reasonable chance he plays Thursday as Houston looks to reach .500 for the first time.</p><p>Been an interesting week for the Warriors, as they were upset at home by the Clippers in OT on Monday, which became national news due to an argument between Durant and Draymond Green from when Green didn’t pass the ball to KD for a potential winning shot at the end of regulation. It spilled over into the locker room, and Green apparently went over the line as he was suspended without pay for Tuesday’s game, a 110-103 win over the Hawks.</p><p>Durant had 29 points and Klay Thompson 24 vs. Atlanta. Curry, the NBA’s leading scorer, missed his third in a row with a groin strain, and he’s out at least the next five. How important is Curry to the Warriors? Last regular season, they were 17-14 without him and 41-10 with. Green will play Thursday as it was only a one-game punishment.</p><ul> <li>Warriors are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games.</li> <li>Rockets are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference.</li> <li>Under is 13-3 in Rockets last 16 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.</li> <li>Under is 14-4 in Warriors last 18 vs. Western Conference.</li></ul><p>That’s 30 points and the NBA’s best shooter out for the Warriors. The Rockets have been playing great defense of late – five of past six opponents held under 100 points – and the ‘under’ is 5-0 in the past five meetings. That’s our <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/" rel="nofollow">Thursday NBA pick.</a></p>
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