How to Bet Houston at Golden State NBA Lines & Game PreviewWatch NBA Radio: SportsTalk 790 AM (Houston) / 95.7 the Game (Golden State) NBA Lines: Warriors -9.5
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- Rockets are 6-13-1 ATS in the last 20 games
- Rockets are 1-4 SU in the last 5 games
- The total went OVER in 4 of Houston’s last 6 games
- Warriors are 6-1-1 ATS in the last 8 games
- Warriors are 17-1 SU in the last 18 games
- The totalwent OVER in 9 of Golden State’s last 10 games
Why Bet On Houston?This will be the Rockets debut of former Clippers All-Star guard Chris Paul, who should team with James Harden to form the best backcourt in the NBA. Houston sent Sam Dekker, Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, DeAndre Liggins, Darrun Hilliard, Montrezl Harrell, Kyle Wiltjer, a top-three-protected 2018 first-round pick and $661,000 to the Clippers in exchange for Paul. The 32-year-old Paul will be playing for his third team after opting in for the last year of his contract so the Clippers could work on a deal. Paul is a nine-time All-Star who has averaged 18.7 points, 9.9 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 2.3 steals over his 12-year career, though he has been dogged with criticism in recent years for failing to help the Clippers get out of the second round of the playoffs. Los Angeles reached the postseason in each of Paul’s six seasons with the team, but the Clippers were eliminated in the first round three times and in the Western Conference semifinals three other times. The biggest loss for Houston would be Beverley, who received NBA defensive first team honors last season but averaged just 9.3 points in his five seasons with the Rockets. Beverley was the only Houston starter involved in the deal, with Williams and Dekker playing reserve roles last season.
How Was The Preseason for Houston?The Rockets finished the preseason 4-1, tying for the third-best winning percentage in the league. Houston scored 115+ points twice this preseason and averaged 112.6 ppg. The Rockets were 43-5 when scoring 110+ points last season and 12-22 when failing to do so. Houston averaged 115.3 ppg in 2016-17, tying for the second-highest scoring average in franchise history. The Rockets did not allow more than 106 points this preseason with opponents averaging 93.8 ppg. Last season, Houston was 34-5 when holding opponents below 110 points, including 18-0 below 100 (21-22 when opponents scored 110+ points). The Rockets held the opposition below 90 points twice this preseason. Houston only held its opponent below 90 points once in 2016-17.
- Average Score For: 114.44
- Field Goals:45.96%
- Three Points: 35.45%
- Free Throws: 76.84%
- Rebounds: 44.20
- Average Score Against: 109.22
- Field Goals: 46.27%
- Three Points: 34.07%
- Free Throws: 76.80%
- Rebounds: 44.34
Why Bet On Golden State?The Dubs have won 11 of the past 12 in this series. The Warriors have have won 3 straight season series vs. Houston after winning 3 from 1982-83 through 2013-14. The Dubs averaged 118.0 ppg on 47.3% FGs while Rockets averaged 111.0 ppg on 41.6% FGs. Golden State averaged 30.3 apg compared to 23.0 for Houston Kevin Durant averaged 35.5 ppg (51.1% FGs, 27.8% 3FGs) in two games. Stephen Curry averaged 27.0 ppg. Twelve of the 15 players, including all five starters, return for the Warriors. It is the second time in the last three seasons the Warriors have 12 returning players from the previous season. In 2015-16, the Warriors had 12 players return (including all five starters) from their 2015 Championship squad. The team also added Nick Young and Omri Casspi to boost the bench. Young, a 10-year NBA veteran played for the Los Angeles Lakers last season, averaging 13.2 points (.430 FG%, .404 3pt%, .856 FT%), 2.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists in 25.9 minutes per game in starting all 60 games he played in. Casspi just completed his eighth NBA season, averaging 5.2 points (.470 FG%, .349 3pt%, .586 FT), 3.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 17.9 minutes per game in 36 contests with Sacramento, New Orleans and Minnesota. By capturing their fifth title in 2016-17, the Warriors joined the Celtics (17), Lakers (16), Bulls (6) and Spurs (5) as the only franchises with at least four NBA championships. The Warriors have won three titles since moving to the Bay Area (1975, 2015, 2017) after winning a pair as the Philadelphia Warriors in 1947 and 1956.
How Well Did the Warriors Finish the last Playoffs?Golden State finished the 2017 NBA Playoffs with a 16-1 (.941) mark, surpassing the 2001 Los Angeles Lakers’ 15-1 (.938) record for the best single-season winning percentage in NBA postseason history. Golden State won its first 15 postseason games, an NBA playoff record win streak. Durant earned the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award with averages of 35.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.60 blocks and 1.00 steals, becoming the third Finals MVP in Warriors history—joining Andre Iguodala (2015) and Rick Barry (1975). Durant is the second player in league history to win the Finals MVP Award while averaging at least 35 points, eight rebounds and five assists in The Finals (Michael Jordan in 1993).
- Average Score For: 116.47
- Field Goals: 49.44%
- Three Points: 38.39%
- Free Throws: 79.27%
- Rebounds: 44.69
- Average Score Against: 104.52
- Field Goals: 43.43%
- Three Points: 32.72%
- Free Throws: 76.22%
- Rebounds: 43.41