Houston Rockets vs Golden State Warriors Expert Pick

Posted by Aaron . on February 8, 2016 in

This Tuesday, the Houston Rockets (27-26) head to the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge to take on the Golden State Warriors (46-4). The Rockets come in still whipsawing back and forth as they search for a defense; their last game was a 96-79 whipping in Portland on Saturday night. The Warriors ran out to a huge lead and then saw it dwindle to a single point before finishing off the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night. Let’s take a look at how this game might turn out. If you’re a Warriors or Rockets fan and want to keep up with the latest odds of this game make sure you check out our online sportsbook’s own NBA betting page by clicking here.

How To Bet The Rockets vs Warriors Game and TV Info

When: Tuesday, February 9, 10:30 PM EST
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
TV: ESPN
Radio: KNBR
Stream Option: WatchESPN

Why should you pick the Houston Rockets?

Remember last season, when the Houston Rockets made it all the way to the conference finals? This year they’ve already burned through their former head coach (Kevin McHale) but still haven’t found the sort of cohesive identity that made them a surprisingly strong force in the West last year. While James Harden remains one of the top offensive players in the league, but the team simply does not play defense. When interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff put the starters on the bench in Phoenix the game before, that motivated them to come out and play — but then they did the same thing in Portland, getting out to a huge stop. This is a team that asked their general manager to keep the team intact — and he did. When the offense is clicking and the defense is solid, this is a hard team to beat. However, it’s tough arguing that they will be able to do this in Golden State since they’ve had a hard time doing it against anyone else in the league this year, at least on a consistent basis.

Why should you bet on Golden State?

The Warriors are one of only two teams in NBA history that won 46 out of 50 games at any point in the season. Who were the others? The 2006-07 Dallas Mavericks, fresh off a disappointing Finals loss at the hands of the Miami Heat, had a huge regular season and roared to the #1 seed in the West — but then they fell in the first round to….the Golden State Warriors, coached by a gleefully vengeful Don Nelson.

This year, it’s the Warriors in the catbird seat, and they dispatched the Oklahoma City Thunder at home on Saturday — in a game that showed just how close a seven-game series between the two teams could be. The Thunder went up 9-0 early and then found themselves down by more than 20 before closing the gap to one, as Kevin Durant poured in 40 points and Warriors assistant coach Ron Adams said, after the game, “I don’t know how to stop him. I coached him and I don’t know how to stop him.” The fact that the Warriors could handle a ferocious Thunder attack with Durant and Westbrook at full strength and still win despite an uncharacteristically poor shooting performance from behind the arc shows you that the Rockets are likely to be in trouble.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like Golden State to figure out their shooting woes and end up rolling over the Rockets, 135-118.