Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors - 4/24/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Golden State Warriors (75-10) at Houston Rockets (42-43)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Toyota Center)
The Line: Houston Rockets +8.5 -- Over/Under: 217.5 See the Latest Odds
The Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets collide in Game 4 today at the Toyota Center.
The Warriors hope to have Stephen Curry back in their lineup when they take on the Rockets in Game 4 tomorrow. In his absence in Game 3, Marreese Speights led the scoring with 22 points in just 18 minutes off the bench, Klay Thompson added 17 points while Shaun Livingston had 16 points but it wasn't enough as the Warriors suffered a heartbreaking 97-96 loss thanks to a clutch mid range jumper from the Rockets' James Harden with just 2.7 seconds left on the clock. Draymond Green did have a chance to shoot the game-winner on the ensuing possession, but he fumbled the inbounds pass and watched it roll right out of bounds to cap off his sub-par night of just nine points with seven turnovers.
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Meanwhile, the Rockets played their best basketball of the series to improve to 2-1 in the series on the back of a huge scoring night from James Harden who led the way with 35 points, eight rebounds and nine assists. Donatas Motiejunas added 14 points with 13 rebounds, Dwight Howard had 13 points and 13 rebounds while Michael Beasley chipped in with 12 points off the bench, but this win was all about Harden and that game-winning shot that probably should have been called as an offensive foul because he did initiate contact and push away his defender to get open for the shot.
In ATS trends, the Warriors are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 Conference Quarterfinals games, while the Rockets are 4-1 ATS in their last five games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 Conference Quarterfinals games.
Head to head, the Warriors are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings in Houston.
The news is that Curry is listed as probable for this game and will suit up for the Warriors which is horrible news for the Rockets. With that being said, I think the Warriors go back to dominating the series and extending their lead to 3-1 when it's all said and done behind a big night from Curry and a bounce-back performance from Green.