NBA Betting Preview – Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors (2/8)

NBA Betting Preview – Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors (2/8)

The Golden State Warriors are winners of nine games in a row, and they have opened up a 3.5-game lead over the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference. On Tuesday night they will try to extend their astounding regular season home win streak as they play host to the Houston Rockets in a game that is set to begin at 10:35 PM ET at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. BetAnySports customers can continue to test their skills against the NBA betting lines even after the opening tip, as they can partake in real-time wagering using the state-of-the-art software that is available through Live Betting Extra.

The Warriors are currently 46-4 straight-up, with a 30-16-4 ATS mark, and they have to go 27-5 the rest of the way to set the all-time NBA standard for best record in a season. The Rockets are 27-26 SU, and they hold seventh place in the Western Conference playoff queue; however, they are only a game ahead of the ninth-place Portland Trail Blazers.

Golden State has a 41-game home winning streak in regular season play, and that is just three off the all-time record of 44, which was set by the Bulls until it ended in 1996. In seven of their last eleven games, the Warriors have shot better than 50% from the field; overall, they are hitting 49%, which is best in the NBA.

In the NBA betting odds posted on this game by the people at BetAnySports, the defending NBA champions are big favorites:

Golden State Warriors  -14

Houston Rockets  +14

Over 229.5 points  -110

Under 229.5 points  -110

The two games between these clubs this season have not gone well for the Rockets, and in particular their top star, James Harden. They suffered a devastating 112-92 defeat in Houston on October 30, and then a 114-110 loss at home on New Year’s Eve. In those games, Harden, who has taken more shots than anybody in the league, hit only 32% from the field. And he will have to recover from a rough outing three nights ago against Portland, when he turned the ball over ten times in a 96-79 loss at the Toyota Center. The Rockets will have a chance for payback against the Blazers tomorrow night, and since Tuesday night’s game represents a big mountain to climb, Houston’s position among the West’s top eight may well be at stake.

BetAnySports patrons can probably expect a lot of triples to be thrown up there. Houston leads the league in three-point attempts, while Golden State is third. However, while the Warriors have been, by far, the NBA’s most accurate team from beyond the arc (42.7%), Houston is in the lower half of the league at 35.1%. The aforementioned Harden has shot 42.5% from the floor, which is well down from last year (44%) and the year prior to that (45.6%). One of his main strengths is getting to the line, and he is the league leader in free throw attempts with 536; DeMarcus Cousins of Sacramento is next with 431. He will go into this game with an injury to his middle finger, as he left the game against Portland with 8:45 left to play.

And he may have a broken heart as well; it appears that his relationship with Khloe Kardashian may have come to an end. Oh well.

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