The Stephen Curry led Golden State Warriors are in Houston tonight to play James Harden and the Rockets at 6:30 p.m. PST. The Dubs will be without Andrew Bogut after suffering a concussion in the season opener Tuesday night. According to ESPN.com Bogut must be symptom free and pass all of the required NBA concussion tests before he can return.
Both ESPN and Comcast Bay Area will be broadcasting tonight's game from Houston. Don't forget that if you are away from the television tonight you can still catch the game being streamed live on WatchESPN and CSN Bay Area Live Extra. ESPN enjoyed a 171% increase in viewership ratings in their 2015-16 season opener between San Antonio and Oklahoma City compared to ESPN's first game of 2014-15. TV ratings also saw a 31% increase over the first game of last season.
After a memorable ring and banner raising ceremony on opening night Golden State beat New Orleans soundly by a score of 111-95. Houston on the other hand stumbled out of the gate by losing to Denver at home by a score of 105-85. The Warriors are 9-1 straight up (SU) and 7-3 ATS over their last ten games against the Rockets.
Golden State enters tonight as one and a half point favorites according to OddShark.com. The over/under total is currently set at 215.5 points. The under is 7-3 in the last ten games played between the Warriors and Rockets.
Lets look at the picks from Tuesday's game against New Orleans:
ML: GOLDEN STATE - WIN 111-95
ATS: GOLDEN STATE ( -9.5 ) - WIN GS by 16 points
O/U: UNDER ( 214.5 ) - WIN - 206 total points
I am hotter than Rosalyn Gold-Onwude to start the season.. Lets see how long this hot hand will last.
ML - 1-0 (100%)
ATS - 1-0 (!00%)
O/U - 1-0 (100%)
Turning our attention back to tonight, Houston only scored 85 points in their season opener against the Nuggets. While the Warriors and Rockets are traditionally two of the higher scoring teams in the league, they have gone over only three times in their last 10 games. All signs point to Harden wanting to prove to the world that he deserved last year's MVP which could result in a shoot out. With Andrew Bogut out, I'll take the over in tonight's game.
Here are my picks for tonight's game:
ML - GOLDEN STATE
ATS - GOLDEN STATE -1.5
O/U - OVER - 215.6