Date/Time: 01-03-2019, 22:30 EDT
Spread: Golden State Warriors -8
The second and fourth best squads of the Western Conference are clashing tonight, when the fourth Houston Rockets, who have been red-hot having won their last five matches, are visiting the defending champions and second Golden State Warriors, who have won their last two.
Rockets are 21-15 so far in the league and are tied with Portland on the fourth place of the Western Conference. They are 10-1 in their last 11 games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Memphis at home, 113-101. Warriors are 25-13 so far in the league and are sitting on the 2nd place of the Western Conference. They have won their last two games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Phoenix on the road, 132-109.
Top Basketball BookmakersHouston are led in scoring by James Harden with 33.3 ppg. He also adds 5.8 rebounds and leading the team in assists made with 8.4 per game, while Clint Capela follows with 17 ppg and leading the team in rebounding with 12.5 per game. Eric Gordon adds 15.7 ppg. Golden State are led in scoring by Stephen Curry with 28.7 ppg. He also adds 5.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game, while Kevin Durant follows with 28.5 ppg, adding 6.2 assists and leading the team in rebounding with 7.5 per game. Klay Thompson adds 21 ppg and 4.2 rebounds.
This will be the second meeting between those two teams this season with Houston having emerged victorious at home by 21 points in the previous one. Golden State are 15-5 at home, while Houston are 8-10 on the road. Golden State are better offensively, scoring a third-best of 115.8 ppg to Houston’s 109.9 ppg, while Houston have a better defense, allowing 108.3 ppg to Golden State’s 111.3. Golden State have a better accuracy both from the field (48.2% to 44.7%) and from behind the arc (38.1% to 34.9%). Warriors are better both in rebounding (45.9 to 42.1) and in assists per game (27.9 to 21.1), while Houston commit fewer turnover per game (13.7 to 14.3). While the defending champions are the favorite for the win, this will come by less than 8 points so pick Houston in this one.
Houston Rockets vs Golden State Warriors Prediction: Houston Rockets +8 (-106)