Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets - 4/18/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Rockets (41-42) at Golden State Warriors (74-9)
NBA Basketball: Monday, April 18, 2016 at 10:30 pm (Oracle Arena)
The Line: Golden State Warriors -13 -- Over/Under: 218 See the Latest Odds
The Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors collide in Game 2 at the Oracle Arena tonight.
The Rockets will be eager to atone for their embarrassing 104-78 loss to the Warriors in Game 1 on Saturday. James Harden had 17 points while Dwight Howard added 14 points but the Rockets could never find their footing in this game and to be perfectly honest, it was hard to watch. The Rockets just fell behind by so much so early that it looked like they went into panic mode and forgot their game plan because we all know how good at Harden is at getting to the free throw line, but he didn't get to the line once. Add to that the fact that the Rockets committed 24 turnovers, shot just 12 of 24 from the free-throw line and six of 22 from the 3-point line and it's actually surprising the Rockets didn't lose by a greater margin.
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Meanwhile, the Warriors wanted to kick off the playoffs with a big win and they certainly looked rock solid in Game 1. Stephen Curry led from the front and outscored the Rockets by 16-15 in the first quarter to finish with 24 points before leaving the game early with a mild ankle sprain. He left the court and did not return but the news was that he would have returned to the game had it been close at all, but the Warriors never looked in danger of losing this one. Klay Thompson had 16 points, Draymond Green added 12 points, 10 rebounds and four assists while Marreese Speights had 12 points as the Warriors closed out the game without their leader in the second half.
In ATS trends, the Rockets are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 Conference Quarterfinals games, while the Warriors are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games and 17-5 ATS in their last 22 Conference Quarterfinals games.
Head to head, the Rockets are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall and the under is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Golden State.
Curry reportedly sat out of practice on Sunday to receive treatment on his ankle but he remains hopeful that he'll be able to play tonight. If Curry suits up, I have no problem taking the Warriors to blow out the Rockets once again, but I'd definitely be tempted to take the Rockets with the points if he sits. Be sure to check on his status prior to tip off.