Rockets at Warriors Game 1- 4/16/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Rockets (41-41) at Golden State Warriors (73-9)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Oracle Arena)
The Line: Golden State Warriors -13.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors clash in the first round of the playoffs Saturday afternoon at the Oracle Arena.
The Houston Rockets have now made the playoffs for a fourth straight season. The Houston Rockets are averaging 106.5 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 106.4 points on 45.9 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 29 points and 7.5 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 13.7 points and 11.8 rebounds. Michael Beasley is grabbing 4.9 rebounds and Trevor Ariza is dishing 2.3 assists. The Houston Rockets are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 69.4 percent from the free throw line. The Rockets are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.1 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have lost five of their last seven road games.
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The Golden State Warriors hope to defend their title from last season, especially after winning 73 games. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 114.9 points on 48.7 percent shooting and allowing 104.1 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Stephen Curry is averaging 30.1 points and 6.7 assists while Klay Thompson is averaging 22.1 points and 3.8 rebounds. Draymond Green is dishing 7.4 assists and Harrison Barnes is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 41.6 percent from beyond the arc and 76.3 percent from the free throw line. The Warriors are allowing 33.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.2 rebounds per game. The Golden State Warriors have lost just two home games all season.
The Rockets are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 Conference Quarterfinals games and 0-8 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games. The Warriors are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 Conference Quarterfinals games and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The Rockets are 4-9 ATS in the last 13 meetings.
The Rockets played with the Warriors in last year's Western Conference finals but we're able to win games due to turnovers and having two 40-year-olds playing point guard. If Houston can limit the sloppy play, it's a team that can score with the Warriors. Houston also has Beverley back at point guard which should help. I'm taking the points.