Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets, Thursday, NBA Basketball Sports Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Free Picks and Predictions

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Golden State at Houston, NBA Sports betting
When: 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, January 4, 2018
Where: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
TV: 7 p.m. ET, TNT
Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
501-Golden State Warriors -4 -115 -175 Ov 228 -109
502-Houston Rockets +4 -105 +155 Un 228 -111

The Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets will both be gunning for a victory on Thursday when they meet at Toyota Center.

ABOUT THE WARRIORS (30-8): Golden State has allowed its two highest point totals of the season in the past two games and coach Steve Kerr was displeased with his team’s lack of discipline against Dallas. “It was like grade-school the last few minutes, it really was,” Kerr told reporters afterward. “But Steph made the huge shot, Draymond set the great screen and we were able to come away with it but some of the lack of focus was astounding.” Curry scored 32 points, while forward Kevin Durant and shooting guard Klay Thompson each scored 25 points against the Mavericks.

ABOUT THE ROCKETS (27-9): Journeyman Gerald Green received 28 minutes of playing time in his fourth game with the squad and went 7-of-10 from 3-point range and scored 27 points against Orlando. “Chris (Paul) did a great job of getting me going early,” Green told reporters while referring to the team’s point guard. “My rhythm felt really good and I was able to knock down shots. Everybody knows we can score, but people underestimate that when we do lock down (on defense), we lock down.” Green’s offense was needed on a night in which Paul (eight points on 3-of-13 shooting) and Eric Gordon (17 on 5-of-16 shooting) shot a combined 27.6 percent from the field.

Oddsmakers opened the Timberwolves as -3.5-point favorites versus the Nets, while the game’s total opened at 214.5.

The two best teams in the Western Conference share the floor Thursday but one of the game’s top talents won’t be in uniform. The Golden State Warriors aim to win their ninth consecutive road game when they visit Houston, but Rockets star guard James Harden will miss his second straight game because of a hamstring injury.

Harden could end up missing the rest of the month and the absence of the NBA’s leading scorer at 32.3 points per game certainly removes a little luster from the contest. Houston has owned the best record in the NBA for a good chunk of the season but a recent five-game slide allowed the Warriors to overtake leadership. The Rockets cruised to a 116-98 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday without Harden, while Golden State needed a 3-pointer with three seconds left from point guard Stephen Curry to record a 125-122 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. Curry is averaging 35 points on 24-of-36 shooting — including 16-of-26 from 3-point range — in the past two games after missing the previous 11 contests because of an ankle injury.

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In their last action, Houston was a 116-98 winner on the road against the Magic. They covered the -7.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (214) was profitable news for UNDER bettors.

Golden State was a 125-122 winner in its last match on the road against the Mavericks. They failed to cover the -8-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 247 sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Golden State:
Team record: 30-8 SU,17-21 ATS
Golden State is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Golden State is 15-2 SU in its last 17 games
Golden State is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games on the road

Team record: 27-9 SU,17-18-1 ATS
Houston is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
Houston is 16-5 SU in its last 21 games
Houston is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games

Next up:
Golden State at Los Angeles Saturday, January 6
Houston at Detroit Saturday, January 6

NBA Sports Betting Tips
1. The teams combined for 31 3-pointers (16 by the Warriors) when the Rockets posted a 122-121 season-opening road win on Oct. 17.

2. Houston has dropped 11 of the last 13 regular-season meetings with the Warriors — including six straight on its home floor.

3. Golden State F Andre Iguodala (back, hip) is slated to play after sitting out Wednesday.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Picks:  Golden State Warriors will cover the spread at -4 and the game will go over 228 points, according to scamdicappers
PREDICTION: Warriors 130, Rockets 125 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage

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