2019-20 NBA – Golden State Warriors @ Houston Rockets Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Golden State Warriors @ Houston Rockets taking place? Thursday 7th November, 2019 – 00:30 (UK)

Where is Golden State Warriors @ Houston Rockets taking place? Toyota Center

What channel is Golden State Warriors @ Houston Rockets on? ESPN, AT&T SportsNet Southwest, NBC Sports Bay Area

Where can I stream Golden State Warriors @ Houston Rockets? If the game is televised on Sky Sports, subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go / NBA League Pass subscribers can stream every game live on the online service

Where can I get tickets for Golden State Warriors @ Houston Rockets? https://nbatickets.nba.com/

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Golden State Warriors 106 – 104 Houston Rockets

THE TEAM NEWS

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

  • The Warriors are struggling to start the season but are coming off a 127-118 home win over the Portland Trail Blazers. That win ended Golden State’s three-game losing streak, and improved their current record to 2-5.
  • The reigning Western Conference champions are seriously depleted with injuries. Klay Thompson (ACL) and Stephen Curry (broken hand) are months away from returning, while D’Angelo Russell and Draymond Green are day-to-day with ankle and finger injuries, respectively, and Kevin Looney with illness.
  • Steve Kerr has had selection problems considering the entire predicted starting unit at the beginning of the season is currently sidelined but one silver lining has been the play of power forward Eric Paschall. The 23-year-old rookie scored 34 points in the win over the Trail Blazers, and he might be one of the top options in the attack for the Warriors once again.

HOUSTON ROCKETS

  • The Rockets are coming off a 107-100 win on the road against the Memphis Grizzlies the last time out, as they left the 29-point defeat they suffered against the Miami Heat on the rear view. Houston ended a two-game losing skid with the win at Memphis, and improved their current record to 4-3.
  • Head coach Mike D’Antoni shouldn’t have many selection problems ahead of this contest. Gerald Green (foot) and Nene (groin) are both ruled out, but both are long-term absentees. Russell Westbrook should return after missing Monday’s contest due to a previously scheduled day off.
  • James Harden has been Houston’s best performer this season and although he has been shooting at a poor rate, he is still getting the job done. Fresh off a 44-point effort against the Grizzlies this past Monday, the star shooting guard currently averages 36.6 points per game this season.

THE PREDICTION

It’s fair to say both the Warriors and the Rockets are struggling this season, as neither franchise has been meeting their pre-season expectations. However, the Warriors are seriously depleted with injuries, while Houston should get Westbrook back for this game. The combo of Harden and Westbrook might prove to be too much for a Warriors defense that currently sits dead last in the league with a 117.6 defensive rating, and Houston should not struggle to win here.

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