Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors - 4/21/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Golden State Warriors (75-9) at Houston Rockets (41-43)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 9:30 pm (Toyota Center)
The Line: Houston Rockets +6 -- Over/Under: 218 See the Latest Odds
The Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets do battle in Game 3 tonight at the Toyota Center.
The Warriors received a bit of a scare when they learned that Stephen Curry would sit out Game 2, but they'll be feeling more confident than ever as they still won behind a big night from the other Splash Brother, Klay Thompson who led the team with a game-high 34 points. Draymond Green fell just short of another triple-double as he finished with 12 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists,Andre Igoudala had 18 points off the bench while Shaun Livingston stepped into the starting point guard role and added 16 points and he'll likely remain in the starting lineup if Curry isn't available for tonight's game.
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Meanwhile, the Rockets were much more competitive in Game 2 than they were in Game 1, but they really haven't played anywhere near their best yet in this series. James Harden led the Rockets with 28 points and 11 assists on Monday while Jason Terry and Patrick Beverley added 13 points each, but Dwight Howard once again disappointed with just 12 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out in the fourth quarter. It was great to see Harden bounce back on Monday after scoring just 17 points in Game 1, but the Rockets really need more scoring from players like Trevor Ariza and Howard as they just haven't been able to slow down the Warriors at all, so it'll be interesting to see what changes they make tonight.
In ATS trends, the Warriors are 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall and 18-5 ATS in their last 23 Conference Quartfinals games, while the Rockets are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Conference Quarterfinals games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against a team above .600.
Head to head, the Warriors are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall and 5-1 ATS in the last six in Houston.
It is still unclear if Curry will suit up tonightas the Warriors won't want him to play if he is experiencing any sort of pain at all, but I have the Warriors winning this game whether he plays or not. This should be the closest game of the series so far, but I'm confident the Warriors have more than enough to extend their series lead to 3-0 with another win.