In a rematch of last season’s Western Conference Finals, the third so far Houston Rockets (42-25), who are red-hot and want to extend their current lengthy winning streak, are hosting the defending champions and first Golden State Warriors (45-21), who are struggling lately and are looking to bounce back after their latest defeat against the worse team of the conference.
Date/Time: 03-13-2019, 21:30 EDT
Spread: Houston Rockets -3.5
Houston Rockets have a 42-25 record (31-34-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the third place of the West. They have nine consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against the Hornets with a 118-106 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by James Harden with 36.2 ppg, adding 6.5 boards and 7.5 dimes per game. He is followed by Clint Capela with 16.8 ppg and a team high 12.5 boards per game.
Golden State Warriors have a 45-21 record (26-39-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the first place of the West. They have lost two of their last three matches and in their last game they lost at home against the Suns with a 111-115 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Stephen Curry with 27.9 ppg, adding 5.3 boards and 5.2 dimes per game. He is followed by Kevin Durant with 27.4 ppg, 5.7 dimes and 6.7 boards per game.
Rockets have won all three previous meetings against the Warriors this season, winning the only home game by 107-86 score. Rockets have a 24-9 home record, while the Warriors are 21-11 on the road. Warriors have the best offense in the league with 118.2 ppg to Rockets’ 113, while Rockets are better defensively, allowing 110.2 ppg to Warriors’ 112.3. Warriors have better percentages both in field goals (48.8% to 44.6%) and in 3-pointers (37.8% to 34.9%). They are also better in dimes made (29.2 to 21) and in boards grabbed (46.2 to 41.7), while Rockets are only better in turnovers committed (13 to 13.7). Rockets have been as hot as it gets and Vegas odds give them a -3.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home victory.
Golden State Warriors vs Houston Rockets Prediction: Houston Rockets -3.5 (-111)
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