2019 Christmas preview: Houston vs. Golden State
By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors will be the third of five Christmas Day games. However, this one does not have the luster that the other games have.
The two teams will tip off at 5 pm EST at the Chase Center in San Francisco, California. The game with be on ABC in the United States and TSN in Canada.
Golden State is 12-16 all-time on Christmas Day. They are looking to snap one-game losing streak on this special day, as they were defeated 127-101 by the Los Angeles Lakers on Dec. 25, 2018.
It’s also the first-time in five-years that the Warriors will not face a LeBron James-led team on Christmas Day. Their last win on Christmas was a 99-92 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Dec. 25, 2017.
Houston is 6-5 all-time on Christmas Day. They come into this game with a one-game win streak, as they defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder, 113-109 on Dec. 25, 2018.
The Warriors have been a disappointment this season after losing Stephen Curry to his hand injury. The team is also without Splash Brother Klay Thompson, who suffered a torn ACL in Game Six of the 2019 NBA Finals.
Draymond Green and D’Angelo Russell are leading the team this season.
The Rockets bring a 20-9 record into the game. The Warriors; however, are just 6-24. The Rockets will enter as significant favorites, being the betting favorites in the latest Southwest Division odds here.
Houston has won ten of its 15 games on the road this season. They have also won ten of its fourteen games at home.
Golden State, on the other hand, have just three wins at home. They are 3-10 at home.
It’s even worse on the road, as the Warriors are 3-14 on the road.
One of those losses was a 129-112 loss to the Rockets on Nov. 6th.
James Harden is leading the Rockets with 38.8 points per game. Russell Westbrook combines with Harden to average more than 60 points per contest.
The electrifying Harden has already scored more than 1,000 points through 29 games.
Russell is leading the Warriors with 21.9 points per game. Alex Burks is the second-leading scorer, as the two are combining for 37 points per game.
Burks leads the team in scoring with 419 points on the season.