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

How to Watch

What: Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors

Where: Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA

When: Saturday, February 23rd 8:30 PM EST

How (TV/Radio): ABC | 790 AM

Houston Rockets (Away)

Head Coach: Mike D’Antoni {All-Time 608-494 | DEN, PHX, NYK, LAL, HOU}

The Houston Rockets are currently fifth in the Western Conference with a record of 33-25. They will be looking to rebound from a disappointing loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.

The Rockets have been on a disappointing trend as of late, going 5-5 in their last ten games and own a two-game losing streak. Going into the last of a three-game road trip, the Rockets surely don’t want to be swept away from home.

The Houston Rockets already own two wins over the Golden State Warriors in the season series. One blowout and one tight overtime affair, the Rockets surely want to replicate their success in this upcoming match.

Golden State Warriors (Home)

Head Coach: Steve Kerr {All-Time 306-79 | GSW}

The Golden State Warriors are comfortably first in the Western Conference with a 42-16 record. A recent win over the Sacramento Kings helped to push them to 2.5 games above the Denver Nuggets who occupy second in the West.

One game back from the All-Star Break and the Warriors haven’t missed a step. While it was a close affair against Sacramento, the win still pushed the Warriors to 8-2 over their last ten matches and they are primed to begin a new winning streak.

The Warriors have struggled with the Rockets this season and similar problems may creep up based on their performance against the Kings. The Warriors allowed the Kings far too many looks inside and couldn’t contend with Marvin Bailey III in the paint, resulting in 34 free-throw attempts for the Kings versus 24 for the Warriors. They’ll look to rectify that problem quickly.

What’s At Stake?

In the all-time series the Houston Rockets have dominated the Golden State Warriors. The Rockets lead the Warriors 111-77 in 188 all-time matchups.

A win for the Houston Rockets would keep them in fifth but bring them within a game of the Blazers in fourth.

A win for the Golden State Warriors would further solidify their hold on the Western Conference.

Questions to answer

How can the Rockets rebound from their previous loss?

What did the Warriors do wrong in their last match?

We are going to compare the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors in an attempt to see who has the advantage in this matchup.

The Houston Rockets Lost in a Comeback to the Lakers

The Houston Rockets held the lead for three quarters against the Los Angeles Lakers. A competitive team, the Lakers were always in the game but a collapse by the Rockets allowed the Lakers to win by 5.

The Houston Rockets were unable to get the easy baskets they wanted in the paint and a combination of good defence by the Lakers and poor shooting from the Rockets spelled doom for their attack from range.

The Rockets struggled with McGee in the paint, a long and athletic defender. On the defensive end, the Lakers chose to attack with a team effort that forced the Rockets to scramble. Defence has never been the calling card of the Rockets but they must adjust to the movement of their opposition on defence if they want to stay competitive against talented squads.

The Warriors Squeezed Out A Win Over Kings

In the Warriors last match against the Sacramento Kings they won by a slim margin. If not for a late error by Buddy Hield, the Warriors may well have started the second half of their season on a loss.

A number of things didn’t work out for the Warriors. Klay Thompson was unable to find consistency shooting, they received little contribution from their bench, and they couldn’t handle Marvin Bagley III inside.

The Warriors are a talented team overall but they are as suspect to matchup problems as any team. Cousins is a brilliant offensive talent but defensively he leaves much to be desired. The Rockets attack the paint through the pick-and-roll; if the Warriors can’t handle that attack they will be in trouble once again.

Houston Rockets Roster Notes

G Iman Shumpert – 20 Feb 2019 – Out (Right Knee Soreness) – Shumpert has been ruled OUT for Thursday’s (Feb 21) game.

Golden State Warriors Roster Notes

G Jacob Evans – 20 Feb 2019 – Day To Day (Pelvis) – Evans will not play in Thursday’s (Feb. 21) game against the Kings

G-F Andre Iguodala – 13 Feb 2019 – Day To Day (Load management) – Iguodala did not play in Wednesday’s (Feb. 13) game against the Blazers.

C Damian Jones – 13 Feb 2019 – Out For Season (Torn Left Pectoral) – Six weeks removed from surgery to repair his torn left pectoral muscle, Jones is set to begin rehabbing.

Head-to-Head: James Harden (HOU) vs Kevin Durant (GSW)

James Harden

Shooting Guard | 6-5, 220lb (196cm, 99kg) | Arizona State | Exp. 9 Years

36.6 PPG | 7.7 APG | 6.7 RPG | 2.2 SPG | 0.8 BPG | 5.4 TOV | .441 FG% | .374 3P%

Kevin Durant

Small Forward | 6-9, 240lb (206cm, 108kg) | Texas | Exp. 11 Years

27.6 PPG | 5.9 APG | 7.0 RPG | 0.8 SPG | 1.1 BPG | 3.1 TOV | .516 FG% | .367 3P%

Two of the NBA’s most lethal scorers face off in a match between Western Conference giants. James Harden and Kevin Durant are both putting forward MVP-calibre seasons. The result of this match will provide a better image of this expected playoff series.

What more is there to say about James Harden? Harden has been brilliant so far this season and is leading the league in scoring at an unprecedented rate. The last time James Harden scored less than 30 points in a game was December 11th of 2018. No Harden doesn’t play with the same tenacity on the defensive end, but with the amount he scores a point could be made that his offence makes up for his points allowed.

While Kevin Durant has had to share the spotlight on the Golden State Warriors, he is still averaging a stellar 27 points per game. His shooting from three has taken a slight dip the year, as he’s alternated incredibly accurate nights from three with incredibly inefficient ones. Regardless of shot selection Kevin Durant can’t be denied an opportunity. With his length, athleticism, and instinct, the Rockets – as with the rest of the league – lack a single player that can challenge Durant defensively.

Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors Predictions and Odds

The odds makers have the Golden State Warriors favoured over the Houston Rockets by 8, with an over/under of 110.