Thursday’s NBA preview breaks down the feature game between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets, along with NBA tips for all other matches being played today.
12:30 (AEDT), Thu 14th Mar @ Toyota Center, Houston
History: Played 233: Rockets 129 V Warriors 104
Last meeting: February 23, 2019: Rockets 118 d Warriors 112 at Oracle Arena
Final Thoughts: The Houston Rockets are hunting a 2018-19 regular-season cleansweep of the Golden State Warriors.
While the Warriors took out the Western Conference Finals 4-3 last season, the Rockets have had the wood on the champs during the regular season.
Houston have won five of six non-playoffs encounters in the past two NBA campaigns, including all three games this season. The Rockets won 107-86 at home in November, before chalking up 135-134 (OT) and 118-112 away victories in early-2019.
James Harden had a 44-point triple-double and Clint Capela racked up 29 points and 21 rebounds in the overtime success. The Rockets upset the Warriors without Harden on deck in the latter road win.
The 42-25 Rockets have moved to third in the West thanks to nine straight wins.
With Harden, Capela and Chris Paul in strong form, the Rockets won five straight road games, while their last outing was a 118-106 defeat of the Hornets at home.
The 45-21 Warriors lead the West but are spluttering with six losses in their last 10 games. They were hammered 128-95 by Boston and shocked 115-111 by Phoenix either side of a convincing win over Denver during last week’s homestand.
The two-time champs are 21-11 on the road but have lost three of their last five away. The Rockets are 24-9 at home and have won five in a row at Toyota Center.
The Rockets deserve their favouritism, but this heavyweight showdown shapes as another cliffhanger.
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