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Warriors-Rockets Matchup Takes on a Different Form Without Harden

UPDATE: Warriors forward Kevin Durant has been ruled out for tonight's game with a strained right calf injury, the team announced Thursday afternoon.

The two best teams in the Western Conference will do battle when the Golden State Warriors travel to the Lone Star State on Thursday, but the rivalry will be lacking some star power without James Harden in the fold.

Xbet opened the Rockets as 4.5-point home underdogs with a total of 228.5.

  • The total has gone UNDER in seven of the Warriors’ last nine games after consecutive wins.
  • The Rockets are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games.
  • The Warriors are 19-4 SU in their last 23 games against the Rockets.

Houston was dealt a blow recently when it learned Harden could end up missing the rest of the month with a Grade 2 hamstring strain. The guard will be re-evaluated in two weeks, but he’s not a lock to return after that. To say the Rockets will miss Harden’s 32.3 points per game is an understatement, but luckily for bettors, the club is excellent at perimeter shooting across the board.

The Dubs have won nine straight road games but things aren’t necessarily peachy for Steve Kerr’s crew. The Warriors allowed their two highest point totals of the season in the past two games in a 125-122 triumph over Dallas and a 141-128 win vs Memphis — two of the worst teams in the Western Conference.

Even with Harden on the floor, Houston has greatly struggled vs Golden State in the regular season over the years. The Rockets have dropped 11 of the last 13 regular-season meetings with the Warriors, including six straight in Texas.

These teams are known for their explosive offenses, but it’s the UNDER that’s been paying out when they collide. In the last eight meetings between the Rockets and Warriors, the UNDER is 6-2.

A 116-110 result in favor of the Warriors is the prediction by the OddsShark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Golden State Warriors vs Houston Rockets Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Houston Rockets sport a record of 27-9, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 17-18-1 ATS. The Golden State Warriors are 30-8 and 17-21 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Rockets post an 18-18 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Warriors have gone 19-18-1 against the total number of points scored. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs Golden State injuries news.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 1-rated Rockets and the No. 3-ranked Warriors, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Golden State Warriors rank No. 9 in the league with 44.79 per game. That compares with Houston's No. 14 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Houston is the NBA's No. 1-ranked team at 15.81 treys per game, while the Golden State Warriors rate No. 6 with 11.68 per contest.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Mavericks were burned for 32 points by Stephen Curry on Wednesday as the Warriors picked up a 125-122 win at American Airlines Center.

The Rockets grabbed a 116-98 win over the Magic on Wednesday, behind a 27-point effort from Gerald Green at Amway Center.

Betting Trends
  • Golden State is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Golden State is 15-2 SU in its last 17 games
  • Golden State is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
  • Golden State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Houston is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Houston is 16-5 SU in its last 21 games
  • Houston is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games

Next Betting Matchups

Golden State at Los Angeles, Saturday, January 6
Houston at Detroit, Saturday, January 6