Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets Preview
In what could potentially be a Western Conference Finals preview, the red-hot Houston Rockets host the Golden State Warriors on National TV tonight. The Warriors have been up and down lately, but they’ll have to be up to the challenge tonight to stop James Harden and Co. from extending their streak.
The Rockets are on a nine-game winning streak and have moved up to the number three spot in the Western Conference, just 3.5 games out of first place. They are 42-25 on the season. The Warriors are 45-21 and hang onto the top seed in the West by a game and a half. They are stumbling towards the finish line of the season, going 4-6 in their last 10 and losing their last game.
The Rockets and Warriors last played on February 23 with the Rockets coming out on top 118-112. Eric Gordon led the Rockets with 25 points, while Kevin Durant scored 29 for the Warriors.
Time: 10:30pm ET
Arena: Toyota Center, Houston, TX
Golden State Warriors Starting Lineup
The Golden State Warriors looked almost unbeatable before the All-Star break, but they haven’t returned to form since. They’ve shown flashes in one game and have looked like a different team the next.
That was true after they beat the Philadelphia 76ers 120-117 last Saturday and followed it with an embarrassing 95-128 loss to the Boston Celtics. They then blew out the number two Denver Nuggets 122-105 on Friday and then lost to the worst team in the West, the Phoenix Suns 111-115.
When asked about his team’s play of late, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr put it best saying it was frustrating.
“Frustrated with our play, with ourselves, just our approach. So, we all feel it,” Kerr said. “I think the Denver game was a better indicator of what we’re capable of, and then to so quickly get off track one game later, that’s very frustrating and that’s something we’ve got to correct. We’ve got to build some momentum; we’ve got to build better habits. We’ve got to stay connected emotionally, and it’s the only way it can work.”
In order to stop the locomotive coming right at them in the hot Houston Rockets tonight, they’ll definitely have to play better, and that’ll come on both sides of the court. Against the Suns, they allowed Devin Booker to score 37 points and Keely Oubre Jr. had 22 points. Against an offensive threat like James Harden, the defense will have to clamp down.
Houston Rockets Starting Lineup
Unlike the Warriors, the Rockets seem to all be on the same page and are peaking at the right time with 15 games remaining on their schedule.
“We know our system, guys know their roles now,” Rockets guard James Harden said. “Defensively, as long as we can lock in for four quarters and hold opponents under what they average and offensively get our shots, we’ll live with the results.”
While the Rockets face a serious threat to their streak tonight, they’ve also had wins against teams like Raptors, Celtics, and 76ers. Their ninth win on the streak came against the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night as they won 118-106.
Harden finished with 28 points, Eric Gordon added 22 and Clint Capela contributed 19 points and 15 rebounds. Kenneth Faried returned against the Hornets and had 16 points in just 20 minutes off the bench.
Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets Betting Odds
The Rockets are favored by 3.5 points to win at home tonight. Houston is 24-9 at the Toyota Center and they are 32-18 as the favorite. The Warriors are 21-11 on the road and 1-4 as the underdog.
The over/under is 229 points and the Rockets are -155 on the moneyline.