Warriors vs Rockets NBA Betting Odds & Expert Preview

Written by on March 13, 2019

Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors will be looking to make a statement when they hit the road to take on James Harden and the Houston Rockets in a huge matchup of Western Conference powerhouses on Wednesday night. Now, let’s find out if the Duns can make their statement of if Harden and company are the pick to hold it down at home.

Warriors vs Rockets NBA Betting Odds & Expert Preview

Why Bet On Golden State?

The best reason to back the Dubs is that this game is huge for them and they most definitely want to make a statement against the Rockets. The Rockets have lost six of their last 10 games and looked awful in their stunning 115-111 home loss to lowly Phoenix on Sunday. Klay Thompson scored a team-high 28 points while Kevin Durant added 25 points and Steph Curry, 18 points.

“It’s a long season,” Golden State guard Klay Thompson told reporters. “And we’ve been playing a lot of basketball for five years now, so you’re not going to be perfect for 82 games – we’ve had too many missteps – but at the end of the day, that’s the first time we’ve lost to that team in 19 games. So, it’s ugly.”

After it was revealed that Curry said the Warriors would be looking to make a statement in this contest, Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni said.

“I’m sure they are. Why wouldn’t they? I’d be surprised if they didn’t feel that way. They were going to make a statement. They were going to come out, they were going to play. They probably stated the obvious. If they didn’t say anything, I’m sure they’re thinking it. You know how today is. Everybody’s got something to say. I’ve got something to say.”

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Average Score For: 118.17
  • Field Goals: 48.77%
  • Three Points: 37.78%
  • Free Throws: 80.52%
  • Rebounds: 46.20
Defense:
  • Average Score Against: 112.30
  • Field Goals: 44.87%
  • Three Points: 35.28%
  • Free Throws: 77.10%
  • Rebounds: 44.09

Why Bet On Houston?

Are the Rockets a safe NBA odds pick vs the Warriors?

Houston is on fire, having won nine straight games, including a 118-106 home win over Charlotte on Monday as James Harden led the way to victory with 28 points and 10 assists while Eric Gordon added 22 points and Clint Capela chipped in with a double-double of 19 points and 15 rebounds.

“With all the stuff we’ve gone through, all the ups and downs, starting from 11-14 or whatever after that, we’re in a good spot and we still have a chance to legitimate make a run for the first spot,” D’Antoni told reporters. “That’s pretty good in any year in any scenario, even if we were healthy all year. … But we’ve just got to be sure we do our part. If that means our part is third, so be it, or fourth, so be it. But if we get a little help, then we’ve got a chance.”

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Average Score For: 113.01
  • Field Goals: 44.64%
  • Three Points: 34.90%
  • Free Throws: 78.83%
  • Rebounds: 41.66
Defense:
  • Average Score Against: 110.19
  • Field Goals: 47.21%
  • Three Points: 34.15%
  • Free Throws: 77.05%
  • Rebounds: 44.87

Warriors vs Rockets NBA Betting Trends

  • Golden State is 2-11 ATS in the last 13 games
  • Golden State is 18-7 SU in the last 25 games
  • The total went UNDER in 5 of Golden State’s last 5 games
  • Houston is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 games
  • Houston is 5-0 SU in the last 5 games
  • The total went UNDER in 4 of Houston’s last 5 games

Expert Analysis and Prediction for Warriors vs Rockets

While 52 percent of public bettors are currently backing the Rockets to get the win and cover, I’m going to advise you to go the other way and back Golden State to do just what they said – make a real statement in this one.

I know the Warriors are just 1-5 ATS in their last six road games, an identical1-5 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record and 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games overall while Houston has gone 4-0 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning record and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games against a team above .600,

Still, I’m feeling like Golden State had better really show up- in this one or their three-peat is going to be in serious jeopardy long before the playoffs ever begin.

NBA Betting Pick: Golden State 120 Houston 115

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