The 33-29 Houston Rockets will travel out west to face the 35-27 Golden St Warriors in an NBA pro basketball game on Friday night. Tip off time from Golden St is scheduled for 10:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by ESPN.
The NBA odds from this game has the home club Golden St Warriors favored by -3 points with an over under line of 224 ½ points. Early money has landed on Golden St as the Warriors were opened up favored by -2 ½ points.
This is the third meeting of the season between these two high scoring teams with Houston winning and covering the point spread in both games. Each game soared over the total.
Houston has a road record of 13-20 on the season. Their two game win streak was snapped in a 112-108 road defeat to the Dallas Mavericks as a +1 ½ point underdog. The total came in at under 221 points. The Rockets shot 44.9% from the floor and 12 of 32 from three point distance. Houston loses the game on defense as they surrendered 54.2% shooting to the Mavs. They could not take advantage of a plus seven rebounding edge against the Mavericks. James Harden had 28 points and 9 assists in a losing cause. The Rockets are all in on offense. If Houston has poor shooting night don’t look for their defense to bail them out. The team is in the lower third in the league in all three key categories. They are 29th and second to worst in the NBA in points allowed as the Rockets surrender 103.8 points per game.
The Warriors have a home mark of 20-7 on the current campaign. After dropping four straight on the road Golden St has returned home and won two straight. They come off the 87-83 home win on Wednesday to the Sacramento Kings as a -11 point betting favorite. The total came in at under 224 ½ points. The Warriors shot just 36% from the floor and made 8 of 23 from three. They give up 39.8% shooting to the Kings and Golden St turned it over 18 times. The team benefits by attempting 17 more free throws than Sacramento and making 25 of their 29 shots from the charity stripe. Klay Thompson led the team with 20 points and five rebounds in victory. The Warriors defense has been extremely poor since the All Star Break. They have dropped all the way to 25th in the NBA in points allowed giving up 101.5 points a game. The playoff picture shows the Warriors in the sixth seed holding a four game lead over the ninth seeded LA Lakers. The Rockets are in the seventh seed and just two games ahead of the Lakers.