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Warriors Road Favorites at Houston Despite Curry Ankle Injury

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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.

NBA Christmas Day Slate has Warriors, Spurs Among Odds Favorites

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Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors typically manage to cover when they face a close line on the road. The Warriors are listed as 3.5-point favorites on the NBA betting lines against the Cleveland Cavaliers for their Christmas Day matchup, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Warriors are finding their peak form and are 14-2 straight-up and 7-8-1 against the spread on the road this season. The smallest line in any of the ATS losses, though, was 8.5 points.

The main matchup will be Durant against LeBron James, who has helped Cleveland forge a home record of 15-2 SU and 10-6-1 ATS. The Cavaliers are trying to replace injured SG J.R. Smith (right thumb surgery). Star forward Kevin Love (left knee bruise) also has an injury issue, but only had to play 25 minutes during a blowout win on Friday.

The Christmas Day slate begins with the New York Knicks hosting the Boston Celtics in a pick’em contest. The key matchup will be at point guard – the Knicks’ Derrick Rose and the Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas. Boston is 7-3 SU and 8-2 ATS in its last 10 road games and has found a rhythm since C Al Horford returned from injury.

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (right knee contusion) could have his minutes closely monitored to avoid aggravating his injury.

The San Antonio Spurs are favored by 7.5 points against the Chicago Bulls in a matchup headlined by two elite small forwards, the Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard and the Bulls’ Jimmy Butler. It is tough to go against San Antonio being 14-0 SU and 11-3 ATS in December home games over the last two seasons, particularly with Chicago’s erratic perimeter shooting.

The Bulls are 4-6 SU and 5-5 ATS in their last 10 games as a road underdog, according to the OddsShark NBA Database.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are favored by 4.5 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Thunder PG Russell Westbrook is carrying his team which has been inconsistent at home, going 9-6 SU and 8-7 ATS this season.

Minnesota has plenty of promise in C Karl-Anthony Towns and SF Andrew Wiggins, but awful defense has kept them from getting into the playoff picture. The Timberwolves are 1-9 SU and 4-6 ATS in their last 10 road games against the Thunder.

And the availability of Chris Paul (hamstring) will weigh heavily on the lines for the Christmas nightcap between the Los Angeles Lakers and Paul’s Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers are also without PF Blake Griffin (minor knee surgery), but D’Angelo Russell and the young Lakers are struggling at 0-4 SU and ATS in their last four divisional games.

The Clippers are 10-0 SU and 5-5 ATS in their last 10 games as the favorite against the Lakers.

Watch Bulls vs. Clippers basketball game, live online stream

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Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers (11-2) look to stay hot when they host Jimmy Butler and the Chicago Bulls (8-4). The Clippers extended the best start in franchise history with a 121-115 road victory at the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.

The Bulls, riding a four-game winning streak, will play the third of six consecutive games on the road during their annual circus trip. Butler has poured in 20 or more points in a career-high six straight games and has recorded a 20+ point, 10+ rebound performance in back-to-back contests.

Watch the game live here:

When: 10:30 PM ET

Broadcast Network: NBATV

Live Stream: NBATV.com