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NBA basketball betting sees the Houston Rockets taking on the Golden State Warriors on Thursday May 21 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NBA playoffs long.

The Warriors took the opener but it was tight. You have to think the Rockets might be gassed but we will see.

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Houston Rockets (0-1) vs. Golden State Warriors (1-0)
Thursday May 21
Oracle Arena – Oakland, CA
NBA Betting Line:  Golden State -10.5
NBA Betting Total:  220
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The Rockets were definitely not sluggish early as they led after the first quarter.

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They gave up the lead but they hung in there in a very closely contested game. Still this was a loss and the Rockets are going to have to figure out how to win at Golden State if they hope to advance. The last time they did that was back in 2013.

Not the longest streak in the world but an indicator that they have had their struggles with the Warriors.

They might have missed their best chance to stun them.

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In the opener James Harden had nearly a triple double but it still wasn’t enough.

Trevor Ariza was making his shots but I still don’t understand what is going through the mind of Josh Smith and how he can take as many shots as he does, even when he is missing. It is like he is channeling his inner John Starks.

It is hard to ask any more of Harden but Dwight Howard could certainly step up.

Golden State

The Warriors took the Rockets bets punch in the opener finishing down at the end of the first quarter. They zoomed back to take the lead in the second and after that it was a pretty tight game.

The final numbers show that they won despite having much efficiency and with a complete zero in the pivot.

That is not a battle they need to win but it was more magnified because backup center Marreese Speights is out indefinitely and he can be an effective player.

Steph Curry was very sharp in game one but you expect him to be so you can make an argument that Shaun Livingston was the player of the game for the Warriors.

He scored 18 points off the bench while playing a strong floor game.

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The Warriors are playing a lot of small ball and he gives them someone with some length that can really handle. He chipped in with seven rebounds too.

NBA Betting Trends:

  • Rockets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
  • Rockets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
  • Rockets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
  • Under is 5-0-1 in Warriors last 6 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
  • Under is 6-0-1 in Warriors last 7 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
  • Under is 5-0-1 in Warriors last 6 home games.
  • Rockets are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
  • Under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.

4* FREE NBA Betting Prediction: Houston +10.5

I think game two is a lot like game one, close with the Warriors emerging victorious.

NBA Score Prediction:  Golden State 107 – Houston 101

Houston could fade but 10.5 is a lot to win by at this stage.

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