In a rematch of last season’s Western Conference Finals series, the first and defending champions Golden State Warriors (42-16), who have lost only once in their last 7 games, are hosting the fifth Houston Rockets (33-25), who on the other hand are not faring so well, having won only once in their last 4.
Date/Time: 02-23-2019, 20:30 EDT
Spread: Golden State Warriors -8
Golden State Warriors have a 42-16 record (24-33-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the first place of the West. They have won six of their last seven matches and in their last game they won at home against the Kings with a 125-123 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Stephen Curry with 28.8 ppg, adding 5.1 boards and 5.3 dimes per game. He is followed by Kevin Durant with 27.6 ppg, 5.9 dimes and 7 boards per game.
Houston Rockets have a 33-25 record (26-31-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 5th place of the West. They have lost three of their last four matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Lakers with a 106-111 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by James Harden with 36.5 ppg, adding 6.6 boards and 7.7 dimes per game. He is followed by Clint Capela with 17.5 ppg and a team high 12.5 boards per game.
Rockets have won both previous meetings against the Warriors earlier this season (at home by 21 points and on the road by one in overtime). Warriors have a 23-7 home record, while the Rockets are 13-16 on the road. Warriors have the best offense in the league with 118.9 ppg to Rockets’ 113, while Rockets are better defensively, allowing 111.1 ppg to Warriors’ 111.3. Warriors have better percentages both in field goals (49% to 44.7%) and in 3-pointers (38.4% to 34.7%). They are also better in dimes made (29.5 to 20.7) and in boards grabbed (46.4 to 41.6), while Rockets are only better in turnovers committed (13.1 to 13.5). Warriors are the absolute favorite and Vegas odds give them a -8 spread and expect them to beat the odds against an inferior and struggling lately Rockets squad.
Houston Rockets vs Golden State Warriors Prediction: Golden State Warriors -8 (-110)
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