The Golden State Warriors are on the verge of another 60-win season as they try to lock up the top spot in the Western Conference and homecourt advantage throughout the NBA playoffs. The Houston Rockets, who host the Warriors on Tuesday, are locked into the No. 3 spot in the West and are looking to test themselves against the best in the West heading into the postseason.
Golden State went through a disjointed period following Kevin Durant’s knee injury and exacerbated by a rough stretch of schedule but has since cruised to seven straight wins with Stephen Curry taking control of the offense and Klay Thompson burying 3-pointers to compliment an improvement on the defensive end. “We’re playing at a really intense level defensively,” Warriors forward Andre Iguodala told reporters. “The results show the way we want it to show, which is W’s.” The Rockets are picking up plenty of W’s as well – four straight and seven in the last eight games – and James Harden continues to build his MVP resume. The All-Star point guard is averaging 36 points, 12.2 assists and 8.6 rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the field over the last five games and was named Western Conference Player of the Week on Monday.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBATV, CSN Bay Area (Golden State), ROOT (Houston)
LINE HISTORY: The Rockets opened as one-point home favorites over the visiting Warriors and that spread was bumped slightly by the books to -1.5 on Monday evening. The total hit the board at 234 and was dropped to 233.5. Check out the complete line history here.
Warriors – SF K. Durant (Out Indefinitely, knee).
Rockets – SG J. Harden (Probable, wrist), PF R. Anderson (Mid April, ankle).
COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Warriors (-14.8) – Rockets (-9.6) + home court (-3) = Warriors -2.2
ABOUT THE WARRIORS (59-14 SU, 33-38-2 ATS, 27-46 O/U): Golden State doesn’t plan on resting players this week and can basically wrap up the top spot in the West with a good week while playing Houston (twice) and San Antonio over the next three games. The Warriors needed someone to step up when Durant went down and are getting a strong run from veteran Iguodala, who went 7-of-8 from the floor in a win over Memphis on Sunday and drew high praise from his coach. “He brings this incredible level of athletic ability and amazing awareness at both ends of the floor,” Steve Kerr told reporters of Iguodala. “I think I’ve said it recently, but Andre has been our best player the past few weeks. He’s been phenomenal.”
ABOUT THE ROCKETS (51-22 SU, 42-31 ATS, 38-34-1 O/U): Houston’s supporting cast is stepping up around Harden as well and four different players scored at least 22 points in Sunday’s 137-125 triumph over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Lou Williams led the way with 31 points off the bench while burying 7-of-8 from long range, and Harden was impressed with the team’s intensity from start to finish. “We were on a streak from the beginning of the game,” Harden told reporters. “Offensively we were in attack mode and defensively we stuck to our coverages. Just from the beginning of the game we were locked in. And as a result, we rode that lead all the way until the end of the game.”
* Warriors are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
* Rockets are 11-1 ATS in their last 12 vs. NBA Pacific.
* Under is 10-1 in Warriors last 11 games following a straight up win.
* Under is 4-1 in Rockets last 5 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
* Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Houston.
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COVERS CONSENSUS: Covers consensus returns are showing 55 percent of the public supporting the road underdog Golden State Warriors and 62 percent of the totals wagers on the Over. View full consensus data here.