Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Warriors down Rockets in clash of Western powers

Golden State Warriors v Houston Rockets NBA: “Golden state” beat “Houston”, “Oklahoma” lost “clippers”
Rita Gibson | 12 January, 2018, 20:38

It takes quite a bit to jolt the Golden State Warriors.

Durant is an eight-time NBA All-Star and won the 2017 NBA Finals MVP while leading the Warriors to the championship.

During their last five games, the Rockets have scored an average of 114.4 points per game (0.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 114.4 points per game (7.8 above their season average).

The Rockets got 30 points from Eric Gordon. For now, let's all appreciate the fact that Gerald Green is back in the league getting buckets.

Golden State is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games on the road.

The Detroit Pistons look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games.

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The Lakers, who were without Lonzo Ball, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Brook Lopez, got 29 points and 15 rebounds from Julius Randle. Reggie Jackson is the third double-digit scorer and Andre Drummond is grabbing 15.1 rebounds. Briante Weber also made a rare first half appearance, though it remains to be seen whether Weber's usage has more to do with minutes preservation in lieu of the upcoming Warriors matchup, or this is a legitimate minutes share while Harden is out. While you can't expect his shooting to maintain at this level (he now owns a 77.7 True Shooting Percentage), if he can maintain above-average shooting for the next couple of weeks, he will carve out a nice role in the Rockets' shortened rotation.

National Basketball Association scoring leader James Harden tallied 40 points and 11 assists before leaving with an injury in the fourth quarter as the Rockets went on to snap a five-game losing streak. If they make it, $5,000 goes to charity, and if they miss, $1,000 are donated.

At home, Houston is 7-11-1 ATS with 12 overs and 7 unders.

The Detroit Pistons continue to be hit or miss these days and one of those teams that are hard to get a read on.

"They are the defending champions", Chris Paul said. They won't throw him a ton of pick-and-roll possessions, but any secondary creation he can bring to the second unit will boost the Rockets' offense in this time without Harden.

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