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Rockets at Warriors Game 2 - 4/18/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Rockets (41-41) at Golden State Warriors (73-9)

NBA Basketball: Monday, April 18, 2016 at 10:30 pm (Oracle Arena)

The Line: Golden State Warriors -12.5 -- Over/Under: 221.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: TNT, CSNB

The Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors play game two of their series Monday night at the Oracle Arena.

The Houston Rockets hope to bounce back after being downright embarrassed in their game one loss. The Houston Rockets are averaging 78 points on 35.7 percent shooting and allowing 104 points on 42.9 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 17 points and two assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 14 points and 11 rebounds. Clint Capela is grabbing 12 rebounds and Corey Brewer is dishing six assists. The Houston Rockets are shooting 27.3 percent from beyond the arc and 50 percent from the free throw line. The Rockets are allowing 40 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 51 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have lost six of their last eight road games.

Rockets at Warriors Game 2 - 4/18/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Golden State Warriors look to build on their dominating game one victory and take a nice 2-0 series lead. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 104 points on 42.9 percent shooting and allowing 78 points on 35.7 percent shooting. Stephen Curry is averaging 24 points and two assists while Klay Thompson is averaging 16 points and five rebounds. Draymond Green is dishing four assists and Harrison Barnes is grabbing seven rebounds. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc and 66.7 percent from the free throw line. The Warriors are allowing 27.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 53 rebounds per game. The Golden State Warriors have lost just two home games all season.

The Rockets are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Warriors are 17-5 ATS in their last 22 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Rockets are 4-10 ATS in the last 14 meetings. 

The ankle injury to Curry is a little concerning considering he wasn't able to come back in the game in the second half. If Curry can't go, this would be a no play. However, the Rockets simply look like they're over their head in this one, especially when they're not making shots. I like that the Rockets were being physical, but none of that matters when shots aren't falling. You have to side with Golden State given what we saw on Saturday. 

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Golden State Warriors -12.5

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