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NBA betting action sees the Houston Rockets taking on the Golden State Warriors Thursday May 21th at ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA. Cappers Picks provides free NBA handicapping tips all season long.

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Houston Rockets (64-30) vs. Golden State Warriors (75-17)
Venue/ Stadium: ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA
Time/Date: 9 PM EST Thursday, May 21, 2015
NBA Betting Odds
NBA Betting Point Spread: Warriors -10.5
NBA Betting Over/Under Odds:  220
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Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors Preview

On the season the Rockets are 56-39 ATS and they have an O/U record of 49-46 and the Warriors are 52-40-1 ATS and they have an O/U record of 41-51-1.

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This season the Warriors are 44-3 at home and the Rockets are 27-19 on the road.

In Game 1 of this series on Tuesday night the Warriors took a 1-0 lead with a 110-106 win over the Rockets.

The Rockets had their chances in Game 1 and led by as many as 16 points. However, they could not stop Stephen Curry, who went for a game high 34 points and buried 6 of his 11 3-pointers. The Rockets had lost their 4 regular season games by an average of 15.3 ppg, but only lost Game 1 by 4 points.

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One of the bigger question marks for this game is will Dwight Howard be able to play. He injured his knee in the game and will be a game-time decision tonight. He missed 41 games in the regular season with a knee injury.

If Howard cannot go the Rockets will have to go with Clint Capela, who was solid in Game 1 going 4/4 from the field for 9 points and he also grabbed 4 boards. Still, the loss of Howard would be a big one for Houston.

James Harden was 1 assist shy of a triple-double in Game 1, but backcourt mate Jason Terry was only 2/9 from the floor. These guys will have to play well for the Rockets to pull off the upset tonight and this is especially the case if Howard is one the sidelines.

Klay Thomson struggled with his shot in Game 1 only going 6/18 from the floor, but Shaun Livingston came of the bench to score 18 points.

Still, stopping Curry has to be the key for the Rockets tonight, as they cannot allow him to have another big game, especially from deep.

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The Rockets have not won at Golden State since the 2013-2014 season.

NBA Betting Trends

* Houston is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
* Houston is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win.
* Golden State is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss.
* Golden State is 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games.
* Golden State has an Under record of 5-0-1 in their last 6 home games.

4* Cappers NBA Free Pick

The Warriors are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against the Rockets, but the lone ATS loss was in Game 1 of this series. I expect Howard to play and while they will not win they will, again, cover the double-digit spread.

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