Ten games are on the slate for basketball on Friday night, but none more exciting than the match-up that features two of the Western Conference’s most electrifying teams. It’s the Golden State Warriors vs. the Houston Rockets, facing off at the Toyota Center.
The Warriors are looking to win their third straight game. The 11-8 squad is coming off a 112-103 comeback victory against the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, a game in which they were down 27 points and clawed their way back to snag the victory. Golden State, while an impressive 6-2 at home, are just 5-6 on the road.
Star Stephen Curry leads the team in both points (22.8), assists (8.8) and steals (1.9), while also averaging more than three 3-pointers in 36 minutes per contest. The other half of the “Splash Brothers” duo, Klay Thompson is putting together his best season as a pro. The 23-year-old is averaging 21.6 points, including shooting 47.6 percent from 3-point range, good for tenth best in the league. The guard also has the most made 3-pointers, having knocked down 68 heading into Friday’s game.
The Rockets have yet to win in the month of December. The 13-7 Houston team has lost two consecutive games, unable to beat either the lowly Utah Jazz or the Phoenix Suns. James Harden is coming off his worst performance of the season. The 24-year-old went 3-of-17 from the field, including shooting 0-of-10 from beyond the arc in his team’s 97-88 loss to the Suns. The guard is, however, putting up impressive numbers this season. He is fifth in the league in scoring, averaging 23.8 points per game. He is also leading Houston in assists and steals, averaging 5.5 and 1.6, respectively.
The Warriors are a tempting choice, but the Rockets are 8-3 at home and average 108.1 points per contest, which leads the NBA. It will certainly be an exciting, back-and-forth game, but Houston is poised to come out on top and stop their skid.
Rockets, 110 – Warriors, 100
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Time: 8:00 p.m. ET