Thursday, April 21, 2016
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The Golden State Warriors travel to Toyota Center to play the Houston Rockets on Thursday, April 21, 2016. The Warriors lead the series 2-0. The opening line for this game has Golden State as 6 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 217.
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The Warriors had a regular season record of 73-9 and a road record of 34-7. They were 1st in the Pacific Division. They had a point differential of 10.8 as they averaged 114.9 points per game while giving up 104.1 per contest. Golden State was 15-1 against division opponents and they had a conference record of 46-6. The Rockets had a regular season record of 41-41 and a home record of 23-18. They were 4th in the Southwest Division. They averaged 106.5 points per game and surrendered 106.4, good for a point differential of 0.2. Houston had a division record of 8-8 and a conference record of 28-24.
Klay Thompson comes into this contest after averaging 22.1 points per game while playing 33.3 minutes per night this season for the Warriors. He pulled down 3.8 rebounds per game and dished out 2.1 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage was 47% while his free throw percentage was at 87%. Draymond Green averaged 14 points per game in 34.7 minutes per contest this season. He averaged 7.4 assists per contest and 9.5 rebounds per game for Golden State. His field goal percentage was 49% for the year while his free throw percentage was 70%.
James Harden averaged 29 points per game while playing 38.1 minutes per contest this year for the Rockets. He grabbed 6.1 rebounds per game and had 7.5 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage was 44% and his free throw percentage was at 86%. Dwight Howard averaged 13.7 points per game this season and he saw the court an average of 32.1 minutes per contest. He also averaged 11.8 rebounds per contest and 1.4 assists per game. His field goal percentage was 62% and his free throw percentage was 49%.
Golden State averaged 114.8 points per contest this season which ranked them 1st in the NBA. Their average scoring margin was 10.9 and their shooting percentage was 49% as a team which had them ranked 1st. Behind the arc they shot 42% which was good for 1st in the league. They averaged 53.8 rebounds per game and 28.9 assists per game which ranked them 4th and 1st in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they ranked 24th with 15.2 per game. The Warriors allowed 103.8 points per game to their opponents which ranked them 19th in the league. They also allowed a 43% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the arc ranking them 3rd and 3rd in those defensive categories. Opponents averaged 52.6 rebounds a game which ranked 19th and they gave up 22.1 assists per contest which put them in 16th place in the league. They forced 14.6 turnovers per game which ranked them 15th in the league.
Houston averaged 106.2 points per game this year which ranked them 4th in the league. Their average scoring margin was -0.2 and their shooting percentage was 45% as a team which had them sitting in the 14th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shot 35% which was good for 19th in the NBA. They averaged 53.2 rebounds per game and 22.1 assists per contest which ranked them 10th and 17th respectively. In the turnover department the Rockets ranked 27th with 16.1 per game. The Rockets allowed 106.4 points per game to their opponents which ranked them 25th in the league. They also allowed a 46% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 19th and 21st in those defensive statistics. Opponents averaged 53.8 rebounds a game which ranked 23rd and they gave up 24.6 assists per contest which put them in 29th place in the league. The Rockets forced 16.6 turnovers per game which ranked them 1st in the NBA.
The Warriors averaged 113.5 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 114.7 ppg in their past 3 contests. They had an average scoring differential of 7.1 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 18.7 per contest. The Warriors had an offensive rating of 114.5 and a defensive rating of 103.8. In terms of pace they averaged 99.3 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage was 56%. As a team they had a true shooting percentage of 59% and they shot 3 pointers on 36% of their shots. Golden State turned the ball over an average of 13.5 times per 100 possessions and they forced 12.6 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season was 48%.
The Rockets scored 106.3 ppg at home and they have averaged 100 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of 0 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they had a difference of 1.7 points per game. The Rockets rating on offense was 108.3 and they had a defensive rating of 108.1. They had 97.6 possessions per 48 minutes and they had an effective field goal percentage of 52%. As a unit they had a true shooting percentage of 55% and they attempted 3 pointers on 37% of their shot attempts. Houston turned the ball over on 14.2 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents averaged 14.7 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year was 52%.
Golden State Warriors Betting Trends
The Golden State Warriors were 43-36-3 against the spread
The Golden State Warriors were 45-36-1 against the over/under
Houston Rockets Betting Trends
The Houston Rockets were 37-45-0 against the spread
The Houston Rockets were 46-34-2 against the over/under
Golden State Warriors Injuries
04/19/16 PG Shaun Livingston Illness probable Thursday vs. Houston
04/18/16 PG Stephen Curry Ankle "?" Thursday vs. Houston
Houston Rockets Injuries
No key injuries to report
Guy's Pick: Take Golden State
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