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Warriors at Rockets - 5/23/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Golden State Warriors (77-17) at Houston Rockets (64-32)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Toyota Center)

The Line: Houston Rockets +1.5 -- Over/Under: 217 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets play game three of their series Saturday night.

The Golden State Warriors look to take real control of this series with a victory here. Stephen Curry is averaging 29.1 points and 6.6 assists while Klay Thompson is averaging 19.6 points and four rebounds. Draymond Green is grabbing 10.1 rebounds and Harrison Barnes is dishing 1.9 assists. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 46.7 percent from the field and 37.8 percent from deep in the playoffs. The Warriors continue to play sound basketball and make timely buckets that can almost erase any deficit. Andrew Bogut is coming off a 14-point, eight-rebound performance in their game two victory. The Warriors have yet to lose a game when topping 100 points. The Warriors have won 10 of their last 14 road games.

Warriors at Rockets - 5/23/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Houston Rockets need a win here to prevent really falling behind in this series. James Harden is averaging 27.6 points and 8.1 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 16.6 points and 14 rebounds. Trevor Ariza is grabbing 6.4 rebounds and Josh Smith is dishing 2.6 assists. The Houston Rockets are shooting 45.4 percent from the field and 34.6 percent from downtown in these playoffs. The Rockets remain a confident team considering both losses have been by a combined five points. However, the Rockets need better play from their role players, especially Smith who was just 5-17 from the field in the game two loss. The Rockets have won eight of their last nine home games.

The Warriors are 14-5 ATS in their last 19 Saturday games and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games following a S.U. win. The Rockets are 23-9 ATS in their last 32 home games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Warriors are 4-9 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Houston and 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall.

The Rockets could easily be the team that's up 2-0 in this series. Now, the Rockets are at home, a place where role players seem to play better. The Rockets will win this game. 

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Houston Rockets +1.5

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