It seems like forever ago but the Warriors and Rockets faced off in the Western Conference finals just two seasons ago. So much has changed since then.
Two years ago, the Warriors were the darlings of the NBA. Compliments for all players were abundant. Fast forward two years, and while you still hear most of those claims, I think most of the NBA is starting to finally tire of the Warriors.
But in general, NBA fandom has cooled on the Warriors since last season’s Finals. Excessive media coverage was mostly to blame, but that’s a tough line for journalists to toe. After all, the Warriors were on pace to break a 20-year-old record held by a Michael Jordan team.
The Warriors lead the NBA in scoring, assists, field goal percentage, blocked shots and wins. The Warriors’ 12-game winning streak is the longest in the NBA this season and the third-longest in franchise history. … Kevin Durant’s 27.1 points per game has come on a career-best 57 percent shooting. … Durant, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson all are averaging more than 20 points per game with the Warriors 8-0 when they have three 20-point scorers in the same game. … The NBA’s top-rated offensive team, the Warriors have moved from 22nd to eighth in defensive rating in their winning streak.
The Rockets have lost their past eight regular-season games to the Warriors, matching the longest losing streak in the series. … Over the past four games, Rockets opponents are averaging 113.4 points after averaging 101.4 points per game in the previous eight games. … Rockets opponents have made at least 10 3-pointers in six of the past eight games. The Rockets on Tuesday fell to 0-4 when teams make at least 45 percent of their 3s. … Eric Gordon has averaged 25 points in the past two games after scoring 23 in the previous three games combined.
17 – consecutive games in which the Rockets have made at least 10 3-pointers, breaking the NBA record set by the Warriors and Cavaliers last season. Here’s where all this information really matters, this is what we need for NBA sports betting.
Golden State Warriors will look to improve on their 16-2 record. They opened as -10.5-point favorites, while the NBA total line was sitting around 229.5 for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting on the total amount of points scored.
The Golden State Warriors are 16-2 so far on the NBA season, and 9-8-1 ATS vs. the spread betting line. The Houston Rockets, meanwhile, are 11-6 and 12-5 ATS.
OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Golden State go 10-8 and the Rockets go 8-9 on the total. Follow this and all other games by joining in the action, HeritageSports.eu has the best selection of perks and bets to make this your number one entertainment site.