Free NBA Hoops Prediction: Warriors vs Rockets Odds
Weekly NBA betting sees the Golden State Warriors taking on the Houston Rockets Thursday December 31 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE NBA hoops predictions.
Golden State Warriors (29-2) vs. OKC Thunder (16-17)
Date: Thursday December 31st
Time:7:00 PM EST
Venue: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Rockets -1.5
NBA Betting Total: 210
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The Golden State Warriors have weathered the absence of their head coach for the majority of the season, but they proved that an injury to their best player is too much for the team to handle. Golden State suffered its second loss of the season in convincing fashion with Stephen Curry sidelined.
On Thursday that act goes on the road to the Toyota Center where the team will take on the Houston Rockets on New Year’s Eve. The Warriors will be looking to bounce back from one of their worst losses in years, while the Rockets will look to get back to .500.
Golden State Warriors:
Curry missed the team’s game against the Dallas Mavericks with a lower left leg bruise, and the team fell by a score of 114-91 in Dallas. The team trailed by as many as 30 points in what was their most lopsided loss since early 2013.
The Warriors shot 40.7 percent from the field, getting only a combined 21 points from Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, who combined to shoot 4 of 15 from the field. For just the third time this season, the Warriors shot less than 41 percent from the field in the game. They’re 1-2 in that scenario.
The Rockets have dropped back-to-back games thanks to some lackluster defensive play. The team fell to the New Orleans Pelicans by a score of 110-108 on Saturday, then let a 16-point third quarter lead slip away in a 121-115 loss against the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday.
James Harden hit on 6 of 16 shots from the field against Atlanta, and has connected on only 36.2 percent of his field goal attempts over the last three games. Dwight Howard was 10 of 12 from the field in the game for a season-high 30 points, adding 16 boards.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The under is 5-1 in the Warriors’ last six games following a loss.
- The under is 49-20-1 in the Warriors’ last 70 games against Southwest Division opponents.
- The under is 5-1 in the last six meetings between these teams.
- The under is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings between these teams in Houston.
- The under is 6-2 in the Rockets’ last eight games overall.
Free NBA Prediction:
Curry’s status for this game is questionable, but he isn’t the only injured Warrior player.
Harrison Barnes is out with a sprained ankle, Leandro Barbosa is expected to miss the game with a sprained shoulder, and Festus Ezeli missed Wednesday’s game with a toe injury.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Under 210
Add it all up and the Warriors can’t be expected to light things up offensively. However, a lot of their key defensive players are still in place, and the Rockets are an under rated defensive squad themselves, making the under the play here.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Warriors 97 – Rockets 95
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