Winners of nine in a row, the Golden State Warriors are firing on all cylinders right now and are on the verge of getting all-star forward Kevin Durant back from a knee injury. The Dubs have opened up a 3 1/2-game lead over second-place San Antonio in the Western Conference standings and can increase that margin with a win over the Houston Rockets on Friday. Sportsbooks opened the Rockets as 7-point road underdogs with a total of 228.5.
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- The Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last five games against the Warriors.
- The total has gone UNDER in five of the Rockets’ last six games against the Warriors.
- The Warriors are 26-2 SU in their last 28 games at home after consecutive road games.
Durant has missed the last 15 games but is slated to return to the club before the start of the playoffs. All-star point guard Stephen Curry has been stellar in Durant’s absence, totalling 14 20-point efforts in that span, including 32 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in Tuesday’s 113-106 road triumph over the Rockets.
The biggest story in this game will be the stats of MVP front-runner James Harden. Harden, who’s dealing with an ailing wrist, has played through the pain but is shooting just 16-for-50 with 12 turnovers in his last two games. Houston will need everything it can get from the superstar, as the Rockets have won just once in the last 11 clashes with the Warriors.
Golden State is the hottest team in the Association in the win column but has been equally great at cashing UNDER bets. The Warriors have gone UNDER the total in 11 of their last 12 contests, and the 228.5 number is still relatively high considering their penchant for going below totals lately. The teams combined for 219 points in Tuesday’s tilt, going way UNDER the closing total of 234.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Those looking to pick the visitors as their prediction to cover in this one found the Houston Rockets listed as 7-point underdogs earlier at BetOnline. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER total betting line for this game was set at 228.5 at Bovada but may have moved since the betting odds opened.
A 120-105 result in favor of the Warriors is the prediction by the Odds – Shark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.
Houston Rockets vs Golden State Warriors Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Houston Rockets will try to spoil the party on Friday; they are 42-33 ATS against the betting spread this NBA season, while the Golden State Warriors are 36-37-2 ATS. Houston is 39-35-1 vs the betting total points scored; Golden State is 28-47. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Golden State vs Houston injuries news.
It’s a betting matchup between the No. 2-rated Golden State Warriors and the No. 1-ranked Houston Rockets, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds – Shark.
Offensively the game matches up Golden State’s No. 1-ranked offense (115.8 PPG) against a Houston Rockets defense that ranks No. 25 at 108.97 PPG. The Golden State Warriors have averaged 49.42% from the field per game, more than the Houston Rockets have managed so far this NBA season (46.43% on average).
Recent Outings Betting Recap
James Harden scored 30 points for Houston on Thursday, but the Trail Blazers managed a 117-107 victory over the Rockets at Moda Center.
Stephen Curry scored 29 points and added 11 assists for a double-double, leading Golden State over San Antonio, 110-98, on Wednesday at AT&T Center.
- Houston is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston’s last 6 games
- Houston is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Houston’s last 9 games on the road
- Golden State is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
- Golden State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Golden State’s last 12 games
- Golden State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Houston at Phoenix, Sunday, April 2nd
Golden State home to Washington, Sunday, April 2nd