Warriors vs. Rockets Pick NBA – Nov 8th

The Grizzlies and the Rockets have each notched wins the last two nights to remain unbeaten and atop the Western Conference at 6-0. But the standout story of the season, to me, has to be the Sacramento Kings. It’s a little early for “Boogie for MVP” talk, but at 5-1 with road wins over the Clippers and Suns, it’s not overly premature to wonder if the Kings could be this year’s Suns – the team with minimal expectations that just keeps finding ways to win and hang around the playoff picture. It’ll be tough to crack the West’s top eight, but if they keep playing the way they have during the first two weeks of the season, especially on the road, they’ve got a shot.

We dropped a tough one last night with the Celtics winning by three but coming up a point and a half short of the cover. I’ll say this for the Pacers – they are awful but have enough pride still lurking to play teams tough. It’s their second straight loss in a one-possession game. I still think they’ll be under 30 wins this season, but it appears they will at least put forth some effort.

Let’s get back on track today with a nice weekend winner.

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Today’s Free Pick:

I was real tempted to go with Milwaukee at home tonight getting 5.5 over Memphis – it’s a complete trap game for the Grizz fresh off a tough two-point win against OKC last night and now turning around for the back-end of a back-to-back, but I just can’t pull the trigger on the young Bucks getting enough quality shots against the best defensive team in the NBA. So instead, let’s look at the marquee matchup of the night, a game worth watching even if you didn’t wager on it…

Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets -1 (Total: 205)

The Rockets and Warriors are both unbeaten heading into tonight, but the Warriors are without David Lee and the Rockets are looking to become the first team in NBA history to win their first seven games by ten or more points. The biggest reason has been a newfound defensive identity for McHale’s Rockets.

Golden State leads the league with 109.5 points per game. Houston hasn’t allowed more than 93 in a contest this season. This game is going to be a ton of fun. However, I am really surprised that Houston is only 1-point faves at home. The Warriors are averaging just 95 points a game away from the Bay and haven’t been a great road team. This seems more like a 3.5 line to me, but I’ll take the extra few points.

I like Houston to move to 7-0 at home. The absence of David Lee hurts their interior depth and could spell another big game for Dwight Howard.

Free Pick: Houston Rockets -1