Free NBA Picks Today: Houston Rockets vs Golden State Warriors 3/20/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Houston Rockets vs Golden State Warriors 3/20/23
Mon 20th March 2023

The Houston Rockets (18-53, 12-25 Home) will try to slow down one of the NBA’s top scoring teams when they welcome the Golden State Warriors (36-36, 7-29 Away) on Monday. Golden State lost to the Memphis Grizzlies 133-119 at FedExForum on Saturday, their third loss in a row. Jonathan Kuminga was a top performer in the losing effort with 24 points and eight rebounds.

The Warriors are seventh in the Western Conference. Houston is playing on back-to-back days after dropping their last game yesterday at Toyota Center, falling to the New Orleans Pelicans 117-107. Jalen Green had 40 points in the losing effort, leading the team. The Rockets are 14th in the Western Conference.

It’s the last meeting of the season between the teams. Golden State will be aiming for a season sweep against Houston after winning each of their three prior matchups, the last of which was a 116-101 victory at Chase Center on February 24, their ninth straight head-to-head victory. Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 42 points and seven rebounds.

KJ Martin had 22 points and eight rebounds in the loss. Thompson and Jordan Poole, averaging 21.9 and 20.4 points per game, respectively, have led the Warriors in scoring this season. Meanwhile, Kevon Looney is grabbing 9.1 rebounds per game, and Draymond Green is dishing 6.6 assists.

Green’s 22.0 points per game have powered the Rockets on offense. Alperen Sengun is averaging 8.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. The Warriors rank as one of the highest-scoring offenses in the league, second-best with 118.3 points per game.

The Warriors have had the advantage in recent games at Toyota Center, winning six of the last 10. Golden State is looking to avoid a 12th successive road loss this season. Meanwhile, the Rockets are 2-9 this season when playing two days in a row and 0-5 in such games against rested opponents.

The Warriors are 3-2 with a rest advantage. Golden State is 4-6 in the last 10 games with an average margin of -1.5 (117.8-119.3). Houston has split the last 10 (5-5), allowing 115.2 points per game on average while scoring only 114.1 (-1.1 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Jonathan Kuminga: 21.3 | 14.7 | +6.6
Points per game:
Jonathan Kuminga: 14.0 | 9.5 | +4.5
Rebounds per game:
Kevon Looney: 11.4 | 9.1 | +2.3


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Usman Garuba: 5.6 | 8.3 | -2.7
Points per game:
Jabari Smith Jr.: 16.2 | 12.4 | +3.8

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Houston Rockets +10.5 (-105)

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