Golden State Warriors vs Houston Rockets: Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

How to Watch Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets

Where: Toyota Center, Houston, TX

When: Wednesday, 6 November 2019, 7:30 PM EST

How (TV/Radio): ESPN, NBC Sports Bay Area, AT&T Sportsnet – Southwest | 95.7 The Game, 790 KBME & 740 KTRH / 850 KEYH & 101.7 FM

Golden State Warriors (Away)

Head Coach: Steve Kerr {All-Time 324-93 | GSW}

Season Record: 2-5

Projected Starting Five: (G) Ky Bowman – (G) Jordan Poole – (F) Glenn Robinson III – (F) Eric Paschall – (C) Willie Cauley-Stein

Top Performers

  • (G) Stephen Curry – 28.0 MPG | 20.3 PPG | 5.0 RPG | 6.5 APG
  • (G) D’Angelo Russell – 30.4 MPG | 19.0 PPG | 3.6 RPG | 6.4 APG
  • (F) Eric Paschall – 29.6 MPG | 16.7 PPG | 4.4 RPG | 1.4 APG

If you want to watch the three-point antics of the Splash Brothers or the amazing defensive adeptness of Draymond Green, you’ll be sorely disappointed with this Warriors team. In fact, newcomer D’Angelo Russell is already struggling to make it on the court.

Golden State‘s injuries to their biggest stars have been a massive drawback to their on-court performance. Steve Kerr is forced to rely on a number of young players to fill the gaps, but the talent isn’t quite there.

They take on a struggling Houston Rockets team that could certainly use a win of their own. After beating the Blazers, the Golden State youngsters will have to prove they can do it against a pair of MVP-calibre opponents.

Houston Rockets (Home)

Head Coach: Mike D’Antoni {All-Time 532-502 | DEN, PHX, NYK, LAL, HOU}

Season Record: 4-3

Projected Starting Five: (G) Russell Westbrook – (G) James Harden – (G) Eric Gordon – (F) PJ Tucker – (C) Clint Capela

Top Performers

  • (G) James Harden – 35.3 MPG | 36.6 PPG | 5.1 RPG | 7.1 APG
  • (G) Russell Westbrook – 33.2 MPG | 21.2 PPG | 9.8 RPG | 9.2 APG
  • (C) Clint Capela – 26.7 MPG | 12.7 PPG | 8.7 RPG | 1.4 BPG

The Houston Rockets are doing everything they can to dig themselves out of this early-season hole. While they aren’t sub-.500, their play is anything but inspiring.

Coming off of a win over the Memphis Grizzlies, the Houston Rockets want to carry that momentum over to a match against the Golden State Warriors. The Dubs are ailing, but the Rockets need to take advantage.

James Harden was absolutely dominant in his last match, posting 44 points on 12 of 28 shooting. Unfortunately, with Westbrook resting, he received little support from any other contributor.

What’s at Stake for Warriors vs Rockets?

The Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets have met 190 times over the history of the NBA regular season. Houston has dominated Golden State 112-78 in those meetings.

A win for the Golden State Warriors would bring them within a two-game reach of the .500 mark.

A win for the Houston Rockets would propel them into the ranks of the top contenders in the Western Conference.

Fluke or Progress?

The Golden State Warriors were able to take an impressive win away from the championship hopeful Portland Trail Blazers. While the Warriors didn’t dominate, an effective second half sent them home with a victory.

Look to none other than rookie forward Eric Paschall for the reason why the Dubs were able to take home a win. He was a stellar 11-19 from the field en route to a 34 point and 13 rebound evening.

They’ll need similar production across the board if they hope to take down the Houston Rockets. Houston’s backcourt has even more firepower than the Blazers’. The Dubs’ young core will have to prove themselves yet again.

Take Care of Home Court

The Houston Rockets opened the season with four of their first seven on the road. They have a welcome break at home against the Warriors but will have to take advantage of the respite as they go on a two-game road trip immediately after.

The Rockets are 2-1 on their home court this season. They have a point differential of only +4.3 in home games this year, despite their two wins coming against sub-.500 teams.

Russell Westbrook will be back for this match. Mike D’Antoni is hoping the dynamic point guard can help even out the play, but he is still incredibly inefficient anywhere but the rim. If he can’t reign in his shooting, they’ll be giving the Warriors a golden opportunity.

Can the Warriors Compete on the Glass?

When Golden State defeated the Portland Trail Blazers, it was in part due to Portland’s lack of depth in the frontcourt. While the Warriors own athletic rebounding bigs like Cauley-Stein and Robinson, they’ll need an all-around effort to slow the Rockets.

The Rockets have the likes of Clint Capela manning the paint for them, with PJ Tucker and Russell Westbrook owning their own fair share of rebounds coming from the perimeter.

In the Warriors’ last win every player that stepped on the court collected at least three rebounds. They’ll need a similar team effort to compete with the size and athleticism of the Rockets.

Role Players On the Rise

To those who think that the Houston Rockets are a one-man show, you wouldn’t be entirely correct. Yes, James Harden operates most of the offense, but a number of role players have surprisingly thrived in limited opportunities.

Danuel House has been brilliant in extended minutes, averaging 12.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game. Unfortunately, veterans Austin Rivers and Ben McLemore are yet to make a significant impact on either end of the court.

Harden is capable of carrying this team to victory, but he shouldn’t have to. Westbrook’s return will help, but they will need a hand from all parties if they hope to take down a Warriors team that goes ten deep.

Golden State Warriors Roster Notes

(G) Stephen Curry – 1 Nov 2019 – Out (Hand) – Curry is expected to miss at least three months after having surgery on his broken left hand.

(G) Jacob Evans – 1 Nov 2019 – Out (Left Abductor) – Evans won’t return to the Warriors until at least Nov. 21, according to Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle.

(F) Draymond Green – 4 Nov 2019 – Out (Left Index Finger) – Green is listed as OUT for Monday’s (Nov. 4) game against the Blazers.

(C) Kevon Looney – 1 Nov 2019 – Out (Neuropathy) – Looney will miss at least the next four games, according to Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle.

(G) D’Angelo Russell – 4 Nov 2019 – Out (Ankle) – Russell is listed as out for Monday’s (Nov. 4) game against the Blazers.

(F) Alen Smailagic – 1 Nov 2019 – Out (Right Ankle Sprain) – Smailagic will miss extended time, according to Warriors coach Steve Kerr.

(G-F) Klay Thompson – 23 Oct 2019 – Out (Left Knee ACL Tear) – Thompson is not expected to play this season as he recovers from a ACL tear late last season, according to a report from NBC Sports Bay Area.

Houston Rockets Roster Notes

(G) Gerald Green – 28 Oct 2019 – Out (Left Foot) – Houston Rockets G-F Gerald Green is expected to miss six months after having surgery, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

(C) Nene – 4 Nov 2019 – Day To Day (Abductor) – Nene did not play in Monday’s (Nov. 4) game against the Grizzlies.

X-Factors: (C) Willie Cauley-Stein vs (C) Clint Capela

The matchup of the evening is in the centre position. Willie Cauley-Stein and Clint Capela are both off to slow starts compared to their career seasons last year.

With both teams missing some pieces, their ability to patrol the paint is key to improving their team’s odds.

(C) Willie Cauley-Stein (7-0, 240lb (213cm, 108kg) | Kentucky | 4 Years)

Season Age Team Games MP PTS REB AST FG% 3P%
19-20 26 GSW 4 16.5 9.0 5.3 1.3 .667 n/a

Cauley-Stein joined the Golden State Warriors as a complementary piece to their more ball-adept guards and forwards. Unlike Cousins, who was only effective with the ball in his hands, Cauley-Stein is a fantastic energy centre.

He has had a late start to the season as he struggled with injuries early, however, he is back in the line-up and doing exactly what was asked of him. He will have his hands full with Capela, as well as defending the screen and roll.

(C) Clint Capela (6-10, 240lb (208cm, 108kg) | Switzerland | 5 Years)

Season Age Team Games MP PTS REB AST FG% 3P%
19-20 25 HOU 7 26.7 12.7 8.7 1.1 .606 n/a

Clint Capela has gotten off to a difficult start to the 19-20 season. While his finishing in the paint is as admirable as ever, he has struggled to fit into the new Rockets offence with Westbrook in the fold.

Used primarily as a roller, Capela has struggled to provide adequate spacing with Westbrook and Harden attacking the rim. He is still a force on the glass though.

Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets Predictions

Why the Golden State Warriors Will Win

Future odds are against the Golden State Warriors in this match, however, they may still be able to pull one-off. Should they receive an equal and balanced effort across the board from their young contributors, they may be able to steal away another win.

Why the Houston Rockets Will Win

The Rockets have near unrivalled firepower in the NBA. The key to maintaining their odds to win will be an efficient offence against a supposed lesser team. Westbrook shooting is still abysmal, but if he can contribute across the board it should be a simple victory.

Golden State Warriors vs Houston Rockets – Game Odds

The latest odds for the Golden State Warriors vs Houston Rockets are provided by bet365 NJ, DraftKings, and 888Sport NJ.

Good Luck!

Money Line:

Sportsbook Warriors Rockets
bet365 NJ +1400 -2800
DraftKings +1150 -2000
888Sport NJ +1100 -2000

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