The Golden State Warriors’ dynasty is no more. Free agent defections and injuries have turned Golden State from the perennial title favorite to a bottom-dweller early in the season, and it doesn’t seem like things are going to get better any time soon. Kevin Durant is in Brooklyn, while Klay Thompson, Steph Curry and Draymond Green are all on the shelf. The short-handed Warriors have a tough matchup this week on the road against the Houston Rockets.
This NBA regular season game between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets will be held at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 6th, 2019. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN.
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The Warriors are just 1-5 on the season and have lost three consecutive games. They have a point-differential of negative-11.6, which is one of the worst marks in the NBA. Golden State has gone 1-1 on the road this season but will be hard-pressed to win this one, as it should be a big underdog.
The Rockets are 3-3 on the year. They are 2-1 at home and are expected to be among the best teams in the NBA this season. Houston will need to win by quite a few points in order to cover the spread in this game. It will be interesting to see where the oddsmakers peg the total, knowing Golden State could struggle to score efficiently on offense.
The Warriors knew Thompson would miss most or all of the season before it began with a torn ACL, but the injuries have compounded during the season. Curry broke his hand against the Suns and is expected to be out for three months. Without Curry or Thompson, the Warriors simply don’t have the firepower to keep up with the vast majority of the opponents on their schedule this year.
Green got hurt recently and is expected to miss the game against the Rockets with a torn ligament in his finger. It has been a horrible run of injury luck for Golden State. The Warriors were hoping to stay afloat this year behind Curry, Green and D’Angelo Russell but it’s looking like this season is already lost.
Player to Watch
Russell Westbrook -- The Rockets made a major move this offseason to add Westbrook as a pairing with superstar James Harden. Both of the players prefer to have the ball in their hand, so it will be interesting to see how all of that works out going forward, but so far things have gone well.
Harden is averaging 36.6 points per game while Westbrook has been a solid complementary piece, adding 23.4 points, 11.0 rebounds and 9.8 assists per game. He has averaged a triple-double multiple times in past years and will aim to do so again. The duo did hit a bump in the road last time out against Miami but that does not seem to be a true concern.
The Warriors are going to have little chance of stopping Harden and Westbrook, so they simply have to hope for an off shooting night.
This looked like a big-time showdown when the schedule was released, but injuries have sapped Golden State of all its stars. The Rockets are at home and will roll out much more talent. The Warriors are going to be significant underdogs in this game. That has rarely been the case for this team in the past several years, but they should get used to it moving forward without Curry or Thompson for the majority of the season.
NBA Pick: Houston Rockets 131, Golden State Warriors 109
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