Two of the most intriguing and entertaining teams in the western conference clash this Thursday night as the Houston Rockets take on the Golden State Warriors, at Oracle Arena at 10:30 PM ET.
The Rockets are 37-17 and recently destroyed the Lakers 134-108 at the Staples Center on Wednesday night, with 29 points and 11 assist from James Harden.
“We’re always going to have fun when we’re playing basketball. We love what we’re doing,” Rockets center Dwight Howard said. “We’re playing great, and we just want to have as much fun as possible.”
The Warriors are 32-22 in the season with a 6-10 record at home; they beat the Sacramento Kings 101-92 on Wednesday with 23 points and 11 rebounds from David Lee.
“It became a setup game,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “We could have held our heads down and got emotional before the game. But we understood that there’s a job to do.”
“I thought it really showed a lot of guts,” Jackson added. “They bounced back, they took the lead, and we responded.”
The Rockets are 1.5 point favorites in the NBA Odds for this late Thursday game. The Warriors are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games as a home underdog, and 14-6-1 ATS in their last 21 games as an underdog, overall.
Houston is 37-16-3 ATS in their last 56 Thursday games, and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games playing on 0 days of rest. Also, consider Golden State is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing Houston.