The Golden State Warriors will continue their march toward a second straight NBA championship on Thursday night as they play Game 3 of their first-round playoff series in Houston as 6-point betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Golden State extended its latest winning streak to six games on Monday with a 115-106 victory in Game 2 of the series, posting their third straight win over the Rockets. Golden State is now 14-1 straight up in its past 15 games against Houston heading into Thursday night’s Warriors vs. Rockets betting matchup at Toyota Center.
The Warriors entered the postseason as favorites to repeat as champions, pegged at -150 on the NBA title odds, and are currently off the board on the NBA series prices thanks to their dominance of the Rockets.
Golden State has continued to succeed despite the absence of reigning MVP Stephen Curry, who missed Game 2 with an ankle injury and whose status for Friday’s contest remains up in the air. Without Curry, the Warriors were much quieter beyond the arc in Game 2, hitting on just eight of 23 attempts, but tallied a respectable 49.4 field goal percentage and outrebounded the Rockets 56-47, led by Draymond Green’s 14-rebound performance.
Golden State has tallied a pair of road victories during their current win streak, but have struggled at times on the road to meet high expectations at the sportsbooks, going 5-8-1 against the spread in their past 14 games away from Oracle Arena, and are now 2-2 ATS this season without Curry in the lineup.
Houston went 23-18 SU at home during the regular season, but they are just 5-4 SU and 4-5 ATS in their past nine games at the Toyota Center.
However, the Rockets have come through with regularity when pegged as home underdogs, posting outright victories in their past two such games while going 11-4 SU and 12-3 ATS in their past 15. That includes a 128-115 win over Golden State as 4.5-point underdogs in Game 4 of last year’s Western Finals, which the Warriors eventually captured in five games.
While the Rockets have qualified for the postseason in each of the past four seasons, they have enjoyed little playoff success since capturing back-to-back NBA titles in 1994 and 1995.
The Rockets are just 4-8 SU in their past 12 postseason contests, according to the OddsShark NBA Database, and are now +5000 longshots on the NBA series prices to avoid being bounced in the first round for the ninth time in their past 11 playoff appearances.