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NBA Tuesday Preview & Free Pick- Golden State at Houston

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Home and Home Series Opens in Houston

The top matchup on NBA TV this Tuesday night is a Western Conference clash between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets. The game is an 8 p.m. tip from the Toyota Center. BetAnySports opened the Warriors as slight two-point road favorites. The total for this game opened at 237. Houston is a 1-point favorite now, and the total has been bet down to 233.

The Warriors bring a even game winning streak into the first of two meetings between these two NBA powers this week. The extended home-and-home series will resume in Golden State on Friday night. Golden State won on Sunday’s 106-94 at home against Memphis. They were 11-point favorites. With that win they have been able to cover BetAnySport’s closing line in six of their seven wins. The total has stayed UNDER in Golden State’s last 10 games.

The combination of Klay Thompson (31 points) and Stephen Curry (21 points) helped pace Sunday’s win. Andre Iguodala’s 20 points off the bench was a nice addition. The Warriors have averaged 112.6 points during this seven game run. That is slightly less than their league-high 115.9-point average on the year. aThe Warriors have really stepped things up on defense. They have been holding their opponents to just 94.8 points over the same seven games.

Harden Still Averaging Almost 30 a Game

The Rockets have been on a solid run of their own. They have seven straight-up victories in its last eight games. They are 5-3 against the spread in that span. It covered as a 5.5-point favorite at home in Sunday’s 137-125 shootout against Oklahoma City. The total went OVER BetAnySports’ closing 230.5-point line and it has gone OVER in four of the Rockets last six games. They are now 28-9 SU at home this season with an 18-19 record ATS.

James Harden remains the second-highest scoring player in the NBA with an average of 29.4 points per game. While he was one of three Houston starters to score at least 20 points in Sunday’s win, it was Lou Williams’ 31 points off the bench that led the way. The Rockets shot a blistering 63.3 percent from the field against the Thunder and they went 20-for-39 from three-point range. Houston has basically matched Golden State’s scoring average this season with 115.8 PPG and it has exceeded this number in five of its last seven games.

The scoreboard at the Toyota Center is sure to get a workout on Tuesday night, but in the end I am going with Houston at home both SU and ATS in the first battle of this week’s two-game series.


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Dirty has been an employee or owner of some of the top online sports gambling forums since 1998. He worked at EOG.com from it's inception until 2008 when he left and opened GamblingIQ and then in 2012 opened Handicappers Hidaway. He has written hundreds af articles over the years and always has his "Dirty Dozen" College Football poll up starting the first week of October.
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