Golden State Warriors vs Houston Rockets Prediction, 3/17/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Golden State Warriors vs Houston Rockets
Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Location: Toyota Center in Houston, TX
TV: NBC Sports Bay Area
Odds/Point Spread: Golden State (-5.5)
The Golden State Warriors (20-20) are headed to Toyota Center on Wednesday where they'll take on the Houston Rockets (11-26). Houston opens this matchup as 5.5-point underdogs. The total is set at 233.
The Golden State Warriors stepped onto the hardwood against the Los Angeles Lakers and ended up losing by a score of 128-97 in their last game. Golden State finished the contest having earned a 43.0% field goal percentage (34 of 79) and buried 13 of their 37 3-pointers. From the free throw line, the Warriors converted 16 of their 24 shots for a rate of 66.7%. With respect to rebounding, they earned 30 with 9 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 24 assists in the matchup in addition to forcing the other team into 19 turnovers and having 9 steals. When it comes to defense, Golden State allowed the other team to shoot 62.8% from the floor on 49 of 78 shooting. Los Angeles earned 36 dimes and had 9 steals for the game. Furthermore, Los Angeles had 46 rebounds (7 offensive, 39 defensive) and had 2 blocks. Los Angeles ended up going 76.0% at the charity stripe by knocking down 19 of 25 attempts. They also buried 11 out of their 27 attempts from downtown.
Stephen Curry is one player who was a major contributor for this game. He racked up 27 points on 9 out of 17 shooting. He was on the court for 29:13 minutes played and totaled 3 rebounds. Curry finished the game shooting 52.9% from the field and recorded 2 dimes. Another guy that was a determining factor in this game for the Warriors was Andrew Wiggins. He pulled down 3 rebounds in 27:11 min played. He ended up going 55.6% from the floor for the contest by going 5-of-9 (15 points). Overall, Wiggins earned 1 assist.
Golden State heads into this one with a win-loss record of 20-20 for the season. The Warriors are shooting 36.7% from downtown (552 of 1,503) and 77.4% from the free throw line. They average 113.2 pts per contest (13th in basketball) while hitting 46.4% from the field. They are giving up possession 15.0 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 21.8 personal fouls every game. As a team, Golden State is grabbing 42.9 rebounds per game and is sitting with 1,106 assists for the year, which has them ranked 1st in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. When they are on defense, the Warriors are able to force 15.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 20.7 fouls. The Warriors defense is giving up a FG percentage of 44.8% (627 of 826) and they surrender 48.5 boards per game as a basketball team. They rank 15th in the NBA in giving up assists with 952 relinquished this season. They concede 37.3% on 3-point shots and they rank 23rd in basketball in PPG from their opponents (113.9).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Houston Rockets took a loss by a score of 134-107 against the Boston Celtics. The Rockets collected 27 defensive boards and 10 offensive boards for a total of 37 for this game. They gave up possession of the ball 11 times, while earning 8 steals for the game. The Celtics were called for 22 fouls for this contest which got the Rockets to the charity stripe for a total of 31 attempts. They were able to knock down 21 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 67.7%. In regard to three-point shots, Houston made 16 out of their 50 attempts (32.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Rockets ended up going 35 out of 91 from the field which had them shooting 38.5%. The Rockets allowed the Celtics to convert 51 of 92 attempts from the floor which had them at 55.4% for this contest. They shot 48.6% from downtown by going 18 out of 37 and finished the contest at 14 out of 21 at the charity stripe (66.7%). When talking about how they rebounded, Houston allowed Boston to snag 55 in all (10 offensive).
Victor Oladipo ended up being important for the Rockets in the matchup. He knocked down 9 of 23 in this matchup for a field goal rate of 39.1%, and had 6 rebounds. Oladipo tallied 26 points in his 31:25 minutes of playing time and tallied 4 assists in this matchup. An additional guy that was important for Houston was Kevin Porter. He ended up finishing with 7 dimes in his 30:01 minutes on the hardwood, and he shot 3 out of 12 from the floor. Porter ended the game having shot 25.0% from the field while also contributing 11 points and 2 rebounds.
Houston has a win-loss mark of 11-26 on the year. Houston has 3,968 pts this season (107.2 per game) and they collect 42.5 boards per game. The Rockets have committed 20.2 fouls per game while shooting 75.0% from the free throw line. As an offensive team, the Rockets are shooting 43.2% from the field, which ranks 29th in basketball. They are dishing out assists 22.1 times per game (28th in basketball) and they turn the ball over 14.5 times per contest. The Rockets on defense are ranked 22nd in basketball in PPG given up with 113.8. They have relinquished 23.6 dimes and 48.7 rebounds per contest, which has them ranked 7th and 30th in the league. The Houston defense allows 37.3% on shots from distance (459 of 1,231) and their opponents are knocking down 77.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They are forcing 15.7 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 46.9% from the field (19th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Golden State (-5.5)
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