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

How to Watch

What: Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets

Where: Toyota Center in Houston, TX

When: Wednesday, March 13th at 9:30 PM EST

How (TV/Radio): ESPN, AT&T Sportsnet – Southwest, NBC Sports Bay Area | 95.7 The Game, 790 AM

Golden State Warriors (Away)

Head Coach: Steve Kerr {All-Time 310-84 | GSW}

The Golden State Warriors sit comfortably at the top of the Western Conference. Despite being trailed closely by the Denver Nuggets, a record of 45-21 ensures that the Warriors maintain a 1.5 game lead over the surging Nuggets.

On the other hand the Warriors have looked particularly mortal as of late, posting a record of 4-6 in their last ten matches. Losses to the Heat, Magic, Celtics, and Suns cap off an odd run for the Warriors losses against incredibly inferior competition.

The Warriors lost to the Rockets 118-112 in their last match against them just over two weeks ago. It was a shootout between two capable teams that tipped in favor of the Rockets on that night. Four Houston players scored 20+ points on that night, so the Warriors will be certain to try and shore up their defense this time around.

Houston Rockets (Home)

Head Coach: Mike D’Antoni {All-Time 617-495 | DEN, PHX, NYK, LAL, HOU}

The Houston Rockets have impressively climbed their way from the bottom of the Western Conference back to the top three. With a record of 42-25, the Rockets are not only 3.5 games behind the Warriors for first in the West and are sure to attempt to take this crucial game from their rivals.

Going along with the theme of the Rockets’ tremendous ascent, the Rockets have accumulated a record of 9-1 in their last ten. Led by Chris Paul and James Harden, the Rockets have proved that they maintain a veteran core that can turn up the pressure in necessary situations.

The Rockets are looking to sweep the season series against the Golden State Warriors with a win in this game. Save for an early season blowout, the Rockets have prevailed in particularly close games against the Warriors. It is sure to be the same this time around, as the defending champions want something to build off of in this likely Western Conference playoff matchup.

What’s At Stake?

The Houston Rockets have largely dominated the Golden State Warriors in the all-time matchup. In 216 regular season games, the Rockets lead the Warriors 124-92.

A win over the Rockets would give the Golden State Warriors a two-game lead on the second place Denver Nuggets.

A win for the Rockets would bring them within a game of the second place Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference table.

Questions to answer

What will the Warriors do without Durant?

What is behind the Rocket’s meteoric rise?

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

Kevin Durant Will Not Play Against The Warriors

Fans and oddsmakers alike saw this headline and realized that the odds would certainly be tipped in the favor of the Rockets. Despite the severity of Durant’s ankle injury being particularly mild, Warriors training staff are certainly not going to risk his future health for a single regular season match.

Kevin Durant will certainly be difficult to replace though. His 27 points, 5 assists, and 6 rebounds will need to be made up by the remainder of the squad. While the Warriors are certainly not starved for contributors, Durant is certainly their best in an isolation or late clock situation.

The difference will need to be made up by the likes of DeMarcus Cousins and more importantly Draymond Green. Green is averaging the least amount of points of his career since his sophomore season and is essentially a non-factor on the offensive end outside of rim runs and the odd three-point shot. While he certainly needs to delegate to the Warriors more offensively-adept players, Green needs to show that he is not a liability on attack.

25 Games In, The Rockets Were 14th

It seems like ages ago that the Houston Rockets were struggling out of the gate. They used to boast the “talents” of Carmelo Anthony, Michael Carter-Williams, and James Ennis, but now sport an almost entirely new bench unit with less than twenty games left in the season.

The Rockets also had to deal with a number of injuries, most notably a leg injury to Chris Paul and a thumb injury to Clint Capela. General Manager Daryl Morey made some shrewd moves to keep the team competitive but it all goes back to one player, James Harden.

The emergence of the Milwaukee Bucks, unfortunately, overshadows Harden’s performance this season due to the excitement of an up and coming team. Averaging 36 points, 7.5 assists, and 6.5 rebounds per game, Harden is putting up numbers not seen since the legendary Kobe Bryant. With a healthy squad and a blank slate going into the playoffs, it seems the Houston Rockets are finally primed for their most exciting season ever.

Golden State Warriors Roster Notes

C Andrew Bogut – 9 Mar 2019 – Day To Day (Personal) – Bogut has been ruled OUT for Sunday’s (Mar 10) game.

F Kevin Durant – 11 Mar 2019 – Day To Day (Right Ankle Contusion) – Durant left Sunday’s (Mar 11) game with an ankle injury.

C Damian Jones – 8 Mar 2019 – Out (Torn Left Pectoral) – Head coach Steve Kerr said its doubtful that Jones returns during the playoffs, according to a report from Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

Houston Rockets Roster Notes

C Nene – 11 Mar 2019 – Day To Day (Rest) – Nene has been ruled OUT for Monday’s (Mar 11) game.

F Terrence Jones – 11 Mar 2019 – Day To Day (Illness) – Jones has been ruled OUT for Monday’s (Mar 11) game.

Head-to-Head: Stephen Curry (GSW) vs Chris Paul (HOU)

Point Guards or Point Gods? Two of the NBA’s greatest points to ever play the game come face-to-face for the fourth time this season. Both Curry and Paul are tremendous leaders for their team and have to shuffle between the role of primary option and playmaker almost seamlessly. With the playoffs looming, both players are sure to want to take this last regular season meeting for their squad.

Stephen Curry

Point Guard | 6-3, 190lb (190cm, 86kg) | Davidson | Exp. 9 Years

27.9 PPG | 5.2 APG | 5.3 RPG | 1.3 SPG | 0.4 BPG | 2.9 TOV | .475 FG% | .430 3P%

Stephen Curry has generally been a positive for the Golden State Warriors when he hits the court. His stroke from anywhere is still tremendous and his vision as a playmaker is severely underrated. In an effort to keep the Warriors in games recently Curry has attempted ten or more three-pointers for twelve consecutive games. While he is always a great option from deep, Curry will need to keep his teammates involved early in order to limit the burden on himself in late-game situations.

Chris Paul

Point Guard | 6-0, 175lb (183cm, 79kg) | Wake Forest | Exp. 13 Years

15.3 PPG | 8.3 APG | 4.5 RPG | 2.0 SPG | 0.3 BPG | 2.9 TOV | .411 FG% | .347 3P%

Leader at the point of attack and the first line of resistance on defense, Chris Paul has a tremendous responsibility when he faces off against the Lakers. He has struggled to score the ball recently, shooting no greater than 37% and no less than 10% from the field in his last four games. On the other hand, Paul continues to defend the ball, create for his teammates, as well as even get on the glass in order to benefit his team without making buckets. The Rockets will need Paul’s scoring against the Warriors though. With James Harden taking most of the playmaking duties as of late, Paul has been relegated to spot-up duty where he converts on only 34% of his threes. Paul will have to do better on this night.

Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets Predictions and Odds

The odds makers have the Houston Rockets favored over the Golden State Warriors by 2, with an over/under of 109.