Golden State Warriors vs Houston Rockets Prediction, 5/1/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Golden State Warriors vs Houston Rockets
Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021
Location: Toyota Center in Houston, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Golden State (-7.5)
Toyota Center is the site where and the Houston Rockets (16-47) will take on the Golden State Warriors (31-32) on Saturday. The odds on this contest have Golden State as 7.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 234.
The Golden State Warriors stepped onto the hardwood against the Minnesota Timberwolves and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 126-114 in their last game. Golden State wrapped up the contest with a 49.4% field goal percentage (42 out of 85) and made 15 of their 38 shots from beyond the arc. At the free throw line, the Warriors made 15 of 21 tries for a rate of 71.4%. Regarding rebounding, they collected a total of 34 with 4 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 28 assists for the matchup as well as forcing the other team into 13 turnovers and having 10 steals. With regard to defending, Golden State allowed the other team to shoot 45.7% from the floor on 43 out of 94 shooting. Minnesota totaled 31 assists and had 5 steals in this matchup. In addition, Minnesota grabbed 57 rebounds (16 offensive, 41 defensive) and had 7 blocked shots. Minnesota finished shooting 69.0% from the free throw line by converting 20 of their 29 shots. They also converted 20 of 41 shots from distance.
Stephen Curry is one guy who was a major factor for the matchup. He notched 37 points on 11 out of 27 shooting. He played for 36:51 minutes played and collected 6 rebounds. Curry ended up going 40.7% from the field and also earned 8 dimes. One more player that had an impact in the matchup for the Warriors was Andrew Wiggins. He collected 4 rebounds in his 38:22 minutes played on the night. He finished the game at 55.0% from the field for the matchup by going 11-of-20 (27 points). When the time ran out, Wiggins had 3 assists.
Golden State enters this one with a mark of 31-32 this season. They are losing possession via turnover 15.0 times per game and as a squad are committing 21.3 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Golden State is collecting 42.8 boards per contest and is sitting with 1,725 dimes for the campaign, which ranks 1st in the league in terms of passing the ball. The Warriors are connecting on 37.3% on shots from downtown (890 of 2,385) and 77.9% from the charity stripe. They average 112.9 pts per contest (14th in basketball) while hitting 46.5% from the field. On defense, the Warriors have forced 15.3 turnovers per game and they draw 19.9 fouls. The Warriors defensively are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 45.5% (963 of 1,252) and they surrender 47.6 boards per contest as a group. They are 10th in the NBA in allowing assists to their opponents with 1,515 conceded so far this year. They give up 36.8% on 3-pointers and they are ranked 21st in basketball in PPG allowed (113.6).
For their last game, the Houston Rockets went home victorious with a score of 143-136 when they faced the Milwaukee Bucks. The Rockets corralled 36 defensive rebounds and 16 offensive boards for a total of 52 in this contest. They also gave up possession of the ball 18 times, while getting 6 steals for this game. The Bucks had 21 personal fouls in the game which took the Rockets to the charity stripe for 24 tries. They were able to knock down 20 of them for a percentage of 83.3%. In the matter of shots from beyond the perimeter, Houston buried 25 of their 46 attempts (54.3%). Overall, the Rockets ended up going 49 out of 98 from the field which gave them a rate of 50.0%. The Rockets allowed the Bucks to convert 49 of their 93 attempts from the field which had them shooting 52.7% in this game. They finished shooting 41.0% from beyond the arc by shooting 16 out of 39 and ended up going 22 out of 25 at the free throw line (88.0%). In the matter of how they cleaned up the glass, Houston permitted Milwaukee to collect 38 in all (8 on the offensive glass).
Kevin Porter pitched in for the Rockets in this contest. He knocked down 16 out of 26 for the matchup for a field goal rate of 61.5%, and accumulated 5 rebounds. Porter earned 50 points in his 41:06 mins on the hardwood and had 11 dimes in this game. Someone else that was pivotal for Houston was Christian Wood. He finished with 4 assists in his 39:28 minutes played, and he put in 10 out of 21 from the floor. Wood finished going 47.6% from the floor while earning 31 points and 9 boards.
Houston has a mark of 16-47 for the year. The Rockets are committing 19.6 fouls every game and they shoot 74.2% from the charity stripe. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 23.1 times per game (25th in the league) and they turn the ball over 14.7 times per game. Houston has accounted for 6,817 points so far this year (108.2 per contest) and they pull in 42.7 boards per game. When it comes to offensive execution, the Rockets are shooting 44.3% from the floor, which ranks them 29th in the league. The Rockets on the defensive end are ranked 27th in basketball in PPG allowed with 115.3. The Houston defense surrenders 37.8% on 3-pointers (838 of 2,216) and opponents are converting on 78.0% of their shots from the free throw line. They have relinquished 25.4 assists and 47.8 total boards per game, which is ranked 20th and 30th in basketball. They are able to force 14.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 47.3% from the field (24th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Houston (+7.5)
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