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NBA Basketball Las Vegas Odds: Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors

by Tomas Lopez

NBA Basketball Las Vegas Odds: Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors

Things have not been easy in the first two games of a long homestand, but at least the Golden State Warriors have come through at the end. The Warriors will be looking to make it three in a row when they host the Houston Rockets on Friday. After dropping four straight on the road, Golden State returned home and trailed in the fourth quarter against both Toronto and Sacramento before pulling out narrow wins.

The Rockets, who matched an NBA record with 23 3-pointers in a 140-109 home triumph over the Warriors back on Feb. 5, won at Golden State on Feb. 12 and are trying to close the two-game gap between the teams in the Western Conference standings. The Warriors are hanging onto the No. 6 spot while Houston is in seventh place. The Rockets are the highest-scoring team in the NBA but are among the worst on the other end of the floor and are coming off a 112-108 loss at the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.

  Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors
When: 10:30 PM ET, Friday, March 8, 2013
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, CSH (Houston), CSBA (Golden State), ESPN

Opening NBA Odds: Golden State -2
Current NBA Odds: Golden State -2½

NBA Basketball Betting Odds from: Sportsbook.com

Houston Rockets (33-29): Houston has allowed an average of 108.5 points over its last 12 games but has managed to go 6-6 in that span thanks to its offense. James Harden has been among the league’s scoring leaders since the beginning of the season but has been joined of late by Chandler Parsons. The second-year forward has avaeraged 24 points over the last five games and is shooting 58.3 percent from 3-point range over that span. Parsons went 12-of-13 from the field in Sunday’s 136-103 win over the Mavericks but “slumped” to 8-of-15 in Wednesday’s rematch. Houston, like the Warriors, is a much stronger team at home and will be trying to improve on its 13-20 mark away from home on Friday. The Rockets will finish up a three-game trip at Phoenix on Saturday before enjoying a seven-game homestand.

Golden State Warriors (35-27): Where Golden State was struggling in the fourth quarter during its recent road swoon, it has taken over down the stretch in the last two home wins. Klay Thompson hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 7.5 seconds left in Wednesday’s 87-83 win over the Kings and scored 10 of his 22 in the final period on Monday, when the Warriors outscored the Raptors 42-28 in the fourth quarter to earn a 125-118 win. Golden State has benefited from the return of center Andrew Bogut, who missed the road trip while suffering through back spasms. Bogut, who missed 38 straight games in the first half recovering from ankle surgery, has had a tough time staying in the lineup and carving out his place when he does start. But the former No. 1 pick has been strong on the defensive end in the last two contests, which has opened things up for David Lee to drift out and focus more on offense. Lee recorded his NBA-best 41st double-double on Wednesday.

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1. Houston has taken four straight in the series and seven of the last eight.

2. Thompson has connected on 15 of 27 3-point attempts over the last three games.

3. Harden scored 27 points in the last meeting and has averaged 16.5 in 12 career games against Golden State.

NBA Basketball Prediction: Warriors 115, Rockets 110.

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