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(0-0) Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors (0-0)
Date: Tuesday, October 17
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Golden State – 9.5
NBA Betting Total: 231.5
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The Rockets are up for a challenge in this one, as anyone would be against the defending champions. But there are a few reasons for optimism.
For starters, Chris Paul is officially on board. He forced his way out of Los Angeles this offseason and now he and James Harden are going to be the most potent backcourt in the league, hands down.
The other reason is that Golden State, despite the energy in the arena, is susceptible to a championship ring ceremony hangover.
All that said, we’re still talking about the Warriors.
This game has the potential to be close down to the wire…and it also has the potential to be a complete blowout in the Dubs’ favor.
For those questioning how smoothly the Rockets are going to implement Paul into their system, take a deep breath; you’re overthinking this.
Yes, Paul is a point guard who likes to walk the ball up the court, and he’s joining a system that thrives on pace. And yes, CP3 is a master of the mid-range game joining a system that absolutely despises that shot.
But here’s the thing: None of that matters.
At this point, it’s clear that Mike D’Antoni is going to have a Hall of Fame guard on the court at all times. If you’re afraid that there aren’t enough basketballs to go around between the two, don’t be.
These two can both thrive as spot-up shooters when they’re not playing the role of point guard.
Against the Warriors, Houston has to look to simply outscore the Dubs. That’s not going to be an uncommon theme throughout the year. The Rockets, even with Paul, are not going be defensive juggernauts.
The hope here is that Golden State comes out of the gate in inefficient fashion.
This is going to be a high-scoring game. Houston just has to hope it can outlast the home-court squad.
Golden State Warriors
Playing the Warriors is unfair. It’s going to be unfair all season.
Think about this. Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant are all on the same team. Do you know what that means?
That means Klay Thompson—someone who is arguably a top-25 player in the Association—is the fourth-best player on his own roster.
Against the Rockets, the Warriors (like the Rockets themselves) will look to push pace and score in efficient fashion. But unlike Houston, Golden State will have a defense that can do some serious damage.
Stopping Harden and Paul shouldn’t be the goal here. Those two are going to get those numbers.
The goal should be to stop those two superstars from creating for others.
If the Warriors can keep Houston’s role players from making any sort of impact, this should end in their favor.
NBA Betting Trends:
- HOU are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games overall.
- HOU are 43-21 ATS in their last 64 Tue. games.
- GS are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Southwest.
- Under is 8-2 in GS last 10 Tue. games.
- GS are 23-8-1 ATS in their last 32 games overall.
Free Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors NBA Prediction:
A nine-point spread against Houston may seem like a lot considering the Rockets are laregly considered the second-best team in the league’s better conference…but that’s just how good this Warriors team is.
Expect the Rockets to put up a lot of points. Just make sure you also expect the Warriors to put up more, by at least double digits.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Warriors -9.5
The Rockets will bounce back and have a good season, but this one goes to the home team by at least 10 points.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Golden State Warriors 122 – Houston Rockets 110
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