Date/Time: December 13, 10:30 p.m. EST
The Golden State Warriors are starting to heat up behind the hot shooting of Stephen Curry. On Friday night they will host the Houston Rockets who will be playing their second game in as many nights. The Rockets will have little time to rest after playing on TNT in their doubleheader. The Rockets will need to avoid fatigue and a slow start against the up-tempo Warriors who will be lying in wait for this matchup.
If the Warriors hope to beat the Rockets they will have to do it without one of their best players. Andre Iguodala is expected to miss his 11th straight game when the Warriors host the Houston Rockets on Friday night. He says he’s shooting the ball well and jumping high, but he hasn’t tried to change directions or stop and start again and the true tests of whether he can come back. Golden State is 5-5 since Iguodala sustained what the team has called a strained hamstring. Despite the loss, the Warriors have still been finding ways to win basketball games.
It all starts on defense with Draymond Green. Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis gave Golden State fits in the first half, but Green’s defensive versatility helped keep both players in check when it mattered most. Curry can take care of the rest on offense. Curry erupted in the second half to score 24 of his game-high 33 points. A four-point play late in the fourth quarter set the stage for his game-winning jumper with just 3 seconds remaining.
The NBA basketball betting trends for this game reveal some very interesting angles. The Rockets are 4-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last 5 games playing with no rest, and they are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings against the Warriors. This Warriors team is a different team than they have been in years past and are not push overs. Despite the improvement on the team they still have some betting trends that would indicate they are a fade.
The Warriors are 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 against the Western Conference, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games when they are playing just one day of rest and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games. The Warriors are a good team, but they still have too many lapses on the defensive side of the ball.
The Rockets have the size down low to limit the possessions and get second chance baskets when needed. They may be playing in a back to back game, but they are well coached and that makes all the difference in a game of this magnitude. Rockets win!
Free Pick: Houston Rockets
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