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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.

Warriors, Rockets Road Betting Favorites on Friday NBA Odds

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Stephen Curry returning to the Golden State Warriors lineup means they will likely get most of the casual betting action, but their track record with tight lines on the road isn’t overly encouraging.

Up 2-0 in the series, the Warriors are 4.5-point road favorites on the NBA betting lines at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com against the New Orleans Pelicans for Friday night, with a 232.5-point total.

While the Warriors are 18-2 straight-up and 9-11 against the spread in their last 20 games against the Pelicans, the OddsShark NBA Database shows they are just 8-8 SU and 7-9 ATS in their last 16 games on the road in the playoffs when they were favored by five or fewer points.

Defending NBA champion Golden State is also 4-13 ATS in its last 17 games following a straight-up win. The Pelicans, who are led by star forward Anthony Davis and also boast a steady veteran with point guard Rajon Rondo, are riding an impressive run where they are 10-1 ATS over their last 11 games.

The first two games of the series had an extreme disparity in free throw attempts, with the Warriors taking 59 foul shots to the Pelicans’ 20. An anticipation of the calls evening out is one reason for the high total, but it’s reachable, as 10 of the last 12 games in this matchup has finished over.

The total has gone over in 21 of New Orleans’ last 30 home games, including their four most recent.

The Houston Rockets are 3.5-point road favorites against the Utah Jazz on Friday with a 209-point total in Game 3 of a series that is tied 1-1. While Houston finished first overall in the NBA regular season, star guard James Harden and company are just 1-5 ATS in their last six road games.

In contrast, the Jazz, led by rookie guard Donovan Mitchell, are 6-2 SU and ATS this season when they are an underdog at home by 4.5 or fewer points.

The Rockets are also 5-3 SU and 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight road games within the Western Conference. Beating the Jazz on their home floor is doable but won’t come easily, meaning there’s a good possibility of a grinding, one- or two-possession game.

The total has gone under in five of Houston’s last six games after a loss against the spread. The total has gone under in six of Utah’s last eight home games when it was an underdog of 4.5 or fewer points.

For more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week’s top sports betting news check out the OddsShark podcast with Jon Campbell and Andrew Avery. Subscribe on iTunes or listen to it at OddsShark.libsyn.com.

Sixers, Warriors Road Betting Favorites in Thursday NBA Action

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The Philadelphia 76ers may be facing a regression with the three-ball right as they go into a building where they have not won in a while.

The 76ers are 1.5-point road betting favorites against the Miami Heat with a 216.5-point total at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com in one of the three NBA playoff matchups slated for Thursday.

While the Heat’s series-tying win in the previous game left the 76ers a mere 17-1 straight-up in their 18 most recent games, a more apt sample might come from looking at the teams’ records against playoff-worthy competition.

Philadelphia, whose perimeter shooters including Robert Covington and J.J. Redick combined to go 7-for-36 on three-point shots in Game 2, is just 2-7 SU and against the spread in its last nine road games against Eastern Conference playoff teams. The Heat are 7-0 SU and ATS in their last seven games against Eastern playoff teams.

The OddsShark NBA Database points out that the total has gone over in seven of Philadelphia’s last 10 road games when it was the betting favorite. However, the total has gone under in four of the Heat’s last six home games against the 76ers.

After taking two wins on the road, the New Orleans Pelicans are three-point favorites against the Portland Trail Blazers on the NBA odds with a 216-point total. The Pelicans, who are 8-2 SU and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games as a favorite of 3.5 or fewer points, have won the backcourt battle so far in the series thanks to Jrue Holiday and Rajon Rondo.

The total has gone over in six of the Pelicans’ last eight home games against Northwest Division teams. The Trail Blazers have actually taken more shots in the series, so if their luck evens out, there’s a chance for a scorefest.

And the Golden State Warriors, who also have a 2-0 series lead, are three-point road favorites against the San Antonio Spurs with a 206-point total. It’s the first time in 18 years that the Spurs are a home underdog in April (the last time was not a playoff game), but they are much more effective team at home, where they are 9-0 SU and 7-2 ATS in their last nine matchups.

The Warriors are without the injured Stephen Curry, but still have forward Kevin Durant and guard Klay Thompson to help them turn around being 3-7 SU and ATS in their last 10 road games as a favorite of 3.5 or fewer points.

The total has gone over in six of Golden State’s last nine road games during the playoffs in April. However, the total has gone under in six of San Antonio’s last nine home games against Western Conference teams.

For more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week’s top sports betting news check out the OddsShark podcast with Jon Campbell and Andrew Avery. Subscribe on iTunes or listen to it at OddsShark.libsyn.com.