Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets - 12/1/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Rockets (11-6) at Golden State Warriors (16-2)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 10:30 pm (Oracle Arena)
The Line: Golden State Warriors -10.5 -- Over/Under: 230.5 See the Latest Odds
The Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors square off Thursday night in a NBA matchup at the Oracle Arena on TNT.
The Houston Rockets look for a statement victory after winning six of their last nine games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 109.3 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 106.3 points on 46.5 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 28.7 points and 11.9 assists while Eric Gordon is averaging 16 points and 3.1 rebounds. Trevor Ariza is the third double-digit scorer and Ryan Anderson is grabbing 5.5 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 74.9 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 38.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.3 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won five of their last seven road games.
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The Golden State Warriors look to keep the ball rolling while building on their 12-game winning streak. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 117.6 points on 50.2 percent shooting and allowing 104.9 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 27.1 points and 8.4 rebounds while Stephen Curry is averaging 26.6 points and 5.9 assists. Klay Thompson is the third double-digit scorer and Draymond Green is grabbing 8.6 rebounds. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 38.4 percent from beyond the arc and 79.5 percent from the free throw line. The Golden State Warriors are allowing 32.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.9 rebounds per game. The Golden State Warriors have won seven straight home games.
The Rockets are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Warriors are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games and 0-7-1 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest. The Rockets are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Golden State and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.
The Warriors continue to win games and are the hottest team in the league, but their defense is slipping and they keep getting worked on the glass. In fact, the Warriors are allowing 12 offensive rebounds per game, which is two more above league average. The Rockets don't play much defense in their own right, but they're one of the better offensive teams in the league and are shooting 38.2 percent from deep on the road this season. The Warriors keep playing tight games due to their lack of stops.
I'll take the Rockets and the points here.