Warriors down Rockets in clash of Western powers

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"You have to assume they'll be one of the last teams standing in the Western Conference".

Who the Trends Like: Golden State is 5-1 ATS in its last six meetings in Houston.

They both push the pace, bomb three-pointers, and are driven by high-octane guards. "He's a guy who fills up the stat sheet and controls the game defensively and just does everything".

However, the similarities just about end there.

For a team in desperate need of depth outside of their top players, the Houston Rockets seem to have struck gold with Gerald Green. The Houston native has thrived in the spotlight for his hometown team, first braiding the Rockets' logo into his hair, then erupting for 56 points in his past two games. Golden State coach Steve Kerr raved about the work of Green, who was signed on December 28.

"To be honest, our system isn't really that similar", Kerr said. The total is set at 230 points. OKC's Big Three took over from there. You can only see them over at SportsLine. "It was an unbelievable night from Draymond - he did everything for us". I've always been able to rebound the ball.

Or, as Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni put it before the game, "It doesn't affect anything".

HOT SCOREBOARD: Houston is tops in offensive rating (113.0), with the Warriors No. 2 (112.8). "There's nobody who's right or wrong". As of Thursday afternoon, 78 percent of public bets have come in on the Warriors. The Rockets' mark was below their season average of 0.558, while the Magic's was below their season average of 0.517. While you can't expect his shooting to maintain at this level (he now owns a 77.7 True Shooting Percentage), if he can maintain above-average shooting for the next couple of weeks, he will carve out a nice role in the Rockets' shortened rotation. 7-for-10 against Orlando is obviously an outlier, but given the open shots he got and will continue to get on this Houston team, his ability to knock down those open shots will certainly be a boon to their offense.

"Chris (Paul) did a great job of getting me going early", Green said. With star power like that on the court, it's hard not to watch! I'll lay the chalk here with the Rockets, as I don't trust the Pistons much these days. Omri Casspi missed the Dallas game with a sore back and is also questionable.

But should they meet in the postseason, expect high-scoring affairs and an interesting chess match as the two try to go basket-for-basket.

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