Red Hot Harden Leads Rockets against Warriors
Just when it looked like the season was getting away from them, the Houston Rockets (21-15 SU, 18-17-1 ATS) have won nine of their last 10 games. They are at 8-1-1 ATS in that span to take over first place in the Southwest Division. They’ll visit the top team in the Pacific, the Golden State Warriors (25-13 SU, 16-22 ATS) Thursday night.
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT LINE: Warriors -8; O/U: 226.
The Rockets have won five straight games SU and ATS since starting point guard Chris Paul went on the injured list with a strained left hamstring. In his absence, James Harden has once again taken over the controls. putting up monster numbers and playing more like last year’s MVP. Houston will require Harden’s services even more now that back-up PG Eric Gordon (knee) is also on the shelf.
Harden has put together a franchise-record four straight 40-point outings and he's averaging 39.7 points and 8.5 assists during the club's current 10-1 stretch. Harden has three triple-doubles over the past 10 games. That includes his performance of 43 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds in Monday's 113-101 home victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.
Golden State is one of the worst betting values in the league at 7-3 SU and 3-7 ATS over their last 10. They’ve been having issues in the paint with promising center Damion Jones (torn pec) likely out for the year. DeMarcus Cousins is still rehabbing his Achilles injury from last January. It might be a few weeks before “Boogie” makes his Warriors debut
PREDICTION: Warriors 124, Rockets 122
NBA Betting Odds & Trends
|The Rockets are 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games|
|Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games|
|The Rockets are 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games on the road|
|Houston is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games on the road|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games on the road|
|The Rockets are 8-16 SU in its last 24 games when playing Golden State|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 5 games when playing Golden State|
|The Rockets are 3-5-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Golden State|
|Houston is 3-13 SU in its last 16 games when playing on the road against Golden State|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games when playing on the road against Golden State|
Golden State Warriors
|The Warriors are 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games|
|Golden State is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Golden State's last 12 games|
|The Warriors are 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games at home|
|Golden State is 18-5 SU in its last 23 games at home|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Golden State's last 7 games at home|
|The Warriors are 16-8 SU in its last 24 games when playing Houston|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Golden State's last 5 games when playing Houston|
|The Warriors are 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Houston|
|Golden State is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games when playing at home against Houston|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Golden State's last 5 games when playing at home against Houston|
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