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Maybe Don’t Expect A Miracle From HOU

The Golden State Warriors collected more NBA records this season than I am able to list here and have been one of the greatest regular season teams in the history of basketball. It makes sense then that the Warriors are massive favorites in their opening round series against the Houston Rockets, which tips off Saturday.

Shark Bites
  • The favorite is 2-6 ATS in the past eight games between the Rockets and Warriors.
  • The Rockets are 2-6 SU and ATS in their past eight games following a win.
  • Dwight Howard has averaged 15.3 points and 11.7 rebounds per game against the Warriors this season.

Golden State has won 12 of the past 13 contests against Houston, including all three matchups between the team clubs this season. The three games this year have seen the Warriors win by 20, 4 and 13 points respectively. 

The Warriors have been fantastic, but that greatness has made them an inconsistent bet recently. Golden State is just 2-6 ATS in their past eight games when tabbed as double-digits favorites, despite going 6-2 SU in those outings.

James Harden has been cooking throughout the month of April, with the high volume shooter averaging 34.8 points per game since the start of the calendar month.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Houston Rockets betting line opened this morning as 13.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including Bovada), while the total was hovering around 226 at BetOnline and other betting odds shops.

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at Odds Shark pick a 112-104 result in favor of the Warriors. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Houston Rockets vs Golden State Warriors Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Houston Rockets have seen them go 41-41 and 36-45-1 ATS so far this NBA season, while the Golden State Warriors are at 73-9 and 43-36-3 ATS. In Over/Under totals betting, the Warriors are 45-36-1, while the Houston Rockets are 47-35. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Golden State vs Houston injuries news.

This game pits the Golden State Warriors, currently No. 1 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Houston Rockets, who rate No. 10 in the most recent survey update.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively the game matches up Golden State's No. 1-ranked offense (114.89 PPG) against a Houston Rockets defense that ranks No. 25 at 106.35 PPG. The Golden State Warriors have averaged 48.74% from the field per game, more than the Houston Rockets have managed so far this NBA season (45.19% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Rockets blew out Sacramento on Wednesday, running up the score in a 116-81 win at Toyota Center.

Golden State cruised to victory on Wednesday, running Memphis out of the gym and running up a 125-104 score at Oracle Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Houston is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Houston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games
  • Houston is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • Golden State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Golden State is 18-3 SU in its last 21 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Golden State's last 6 games
  • Golden State is 23-2 SU in its last 25 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Houston at Golden State, Monday, April 18th