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Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors - 1/4/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Golden State Warriors (29-8) at Houston Rockets (27-9)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)

The Line: Houston Rockets +3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Golden State Warriors invade the Toyota Center to battle the Houston Rockets on Thursday night.

The Houston Rockets snapped their five-game skid with a double overtime win over the Lakers and they were able to follow that up with a 116-98 win over the Magic last night in the team’s first game without James Harden. Gerald Green drained seven treys to lead the team in scoring with 27 points, Clint Capela added 21 points while Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson each scored 17 points. As a team, the Rockets shot 47 percent from the field and 15 of 34 from the three-point line as they jumped out to lead by double digits in the first quarter before they blew out their lead to 26 points late in the third quarter to put the game out of reach. With the win, Houston improved to 27-9 overall and 13-4 on the road.  

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Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors - 1/4/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors have won four of their last five games and they will be gunning for a third straight victory after last night’s 125-122 win at Dallas. Stephen Curry led the team with 33 points with eight assists, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson added 25 points apiece while Draymond Green chipped in with 18 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. As a team, the Warriors shot 52 percent from the field and 13 of 32 from the three-point line but this was a close game right till the end until Curry broke the deadlock with a clutch game-winning three with just 3 seconds left in the fourth quarter. With the win, Golden State improved to 30-8 overall and 15-3 on the road.  

Looking at the betting trends, the Warriors are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record and 13-5 ATS in their last 18 road games against a team with a home record above .600. The Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games, 1-6 ATS in their last seven games playing on zero days rest and 0-6 ATS in their last seven games overall.

Head to head, the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings, the Warriors are 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings overall and 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings in Houston.

The Rockets looked great in their first game without Harden leading the scoring, but it’s hard to get too excited about beating the Magic these days the way they’ve been playing. On the other hand, the Warriors are finally back to full strength with Curry back in the lineup and they will be full of confidence after last night’s nail-biting win. The Rockets edged out the Warriors back on opening night but I think the Warriors get their revenge here.

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