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Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors - 12/6/13

Golden State Warriors (11-8) at Houston Rockets (13-7)

NBA Basketball: Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)

The Line: Houston Rockets -6.5 -- Over/Under: 217.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Houston Rockets hope to avoid a third straight loss tonight when they play host to the Golden State Warriors.

The Warriors were in a bit of a slump when they went from four straight wins to five losses in six outings, but they look to be building on another winning streak after beating the Kings and the Raptors in succession. On Tuesday, Stephen Curry led the team with 27 points and 10 assists, while Klay Thompson added 22 points, but the stats don't really tell the story as the Warriors actually had to claw their way back from a 27-point deficit which they did in the final quarter, outscoring the Raptors by 42-15. With the win, Golden State improve to 11-8 on the season and 6-2 at home.

Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors - 12/6/13

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On the other hand, the Rockets had won eight of nine before losing their last two against a couple of bottom feeders in the Jazz and the Suns. On Wednesday against the Suns, Dwight Howard had 15 points and 18 rebounds, while Aaron Brooks added 17 points off the bench, but James Harden was absolutely atrocious as he shot three of 17 from the field, with just two assists on five turnovers. As a team, the Rockets shot a season-low 35.2 percent from the field and things looked so bad at certain points in the game, that Howard actually turned to social media to criticize his team's commitment to winning. 

In ATS trends, the Warriors are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning record and 13-5-1 ATS in their last 19 road games, while the Rockets are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall.

Head to head, the Warriors are 6-14 ATS in the last 20 meetings overall and 2-8 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Houston.

Looking at this matchup, my initial thought was to take the Warriors to win in a close encounter but I actually think the Rockets will bounce back in front of their home crowd and return to the winner's circle. You could certainly make an argument either way but I'm leaning on the Rockets in this one.

Houston -5

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