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Warriors at Rockets - 12/31/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Golden State Warriors (29-1) at Houston Rockets (16-17)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Toyota Center)

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

TV: CSNB

The Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets meet New Year’s Eve at the Toyota Center.

The Golden State Warriors haven't lost back-to-back regular season games since April. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 114.8 points on 48.5 percent shooting and allowing 101.4 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Stephen Curry is averaging 30.5 points and 6.4 assists while Klay Thompson is averaging 19.6 points and 3.6 rebounds. Draymond Green is dishing seven assists and Andre Iguodala is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 42.3 percent from beyond the arc and 75.2 percent from the free throw line. The Warriors are allowing 31.2 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.7 turnovers per game. The Golden State Warriors have lost six road games since March.

Warriors at Rockets - 12/31/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Houston Rockets could use a nice win here to get back to a .500 record. The Houston Rockets are averaging 104.1 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 105.5 points on 46.2 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 28.4 points and 6.9 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 13.3 points and 11.6 rebounds. Trevor Ariza is grabbing 5.1 rebounds and Patrick Beverley is dishing 2.2 assists. The Houston Rockets are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 71.2 percent from the free throw line. The Rockets are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 15.7 turnovers per game. The Houston Rockets have won seven of their last 10 home games.

The Warriors are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games and 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 games overall. The Rockets are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. Western Conference. The Warriors are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Houston and 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings overall. 

I really like the way the Rockets are playing right now, as they're starting to look like last year's playoff team. With a banged up Warriors squad, I'm siding with Houston at home.

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Houston Rockets -2

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