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Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets - 2/23/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors
Date & Time Saturday February 23, 2019, 8:30 PM (EST)
Oracle Arena
Oakland, CA
The Line
The Line: Golden State -8.5 -- Over/Under 235
TV Channel
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The Houston Rockets pay a visit to the Golden State Warriors at the Oracle Arena on Saturday night.

The Houston Rockets have won four of their last seven games but they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after falling to the Lakers in a 111-106 road loss on Thursday. James Harden led the team with 30 points and six assists, Chris Paul added 23 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists while Eric Gordon chipped in with 14 points. As a team, the Rockets shot 45 percent from the field and 12 of 41 from the 3-point line as they dominated most of the game to lead by as many as 19 points, but they just couldn’t hold onto the lead as there was just no slowing down the Lakers once they got hot. The Rockets were outscored by 28-16 in the fourth quarter as they relied too heavily on Harden who just wasn’t getting the foul calls. With the loss, Houston fell to 32-25 overall and 13-16 on the road.

 Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors have been on an absolute tear as they’ve won 17 of their last 19 games, but they had to fight from start to finish in their 125-123 win over the Kings on Thursday. Stephen Curry drained 10 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 36 points with seven assists, Kevin Durant added 28 points with nine rebounds and four assists while Klay Thompson chipped in with 18 points. As a team, the Warriors shot 45 percent from the field and 19 of 46 from the 3-point line but they really had to fight till the end against the young Kings squad who actually had an open look to win it in the end. With the narrow win, Golden State improved to 42-16 overall and 23-7 at home.

Looking at the betting trends, the Rockets are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record, 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Warriors are 5-16-1 ATS in their last 22 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 0-5 ATS in their last five games overall.

Head to head, the under is 6-1 in the last seven meetings and the favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.

These two squads have already met twice this season with the Rockets coming out on top on each occasion. The Rockets won the last meeting by 135-134 in overtime back on Jan 3, but that one went all the way down to a clutch 3-pointer from Harden over Thompson and Green to win it. You wouldn’t say that the Warriors have been playing at their absolute best, but I like their chances against a Rockets team who could be without Harden who is listed as questionable with a cervical strain.

Golden State -8.5
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