The Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors are ready to kickstart this season. Houston traded for point guard Chris Paul in the offseason, giving shooting guard James Harden a threat in the backcourt. Golden State bolstered its bench in the offseason, signing players like Nick Young and Omri Casspi. Now, the Rockets and Warriors will go toe-to-toe on Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. ET on TNT (livestream).
The Rockets went 55-27 last season and clinched the third seed in the playoffs, but they lost in the Western Conference semifinals to San Antonio Spurs. Now that Houston acquired Paul over the offseason, this team is looking to do more this year.
Golden State won its second NBA championship against the Cleveland Cavaliers in three seasons. With a starting lineup that consists of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, and Draymond Green, the Warriors do not have many glaring weaknesses. But they re-signed role players like Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, and JaVale McGee over the offseason.
Houston and Golden State are two of the best teams in the Western Conference, and this game should come down to which team plays better defense. Both teams have prolific scorers who can take over a game at any second, so defensive stops will be pivotal in this matchup.
Time, TV channel, and streaming info
- Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Oracle Arena, Oakland, Calif.
- TV: TNT
- Streaming: TNT Drama
- Odds: Golden State is favored by 9.5 points
Rockets vs. Warriors news
Preeminent NBA writer Zach Lowe, in his annual NBA crazy predictions column, predicts that LeBron James leaves Cleveland in the offseason, and the only team he mentions as a serious threat, other than the oft-discussed Lakers, are the Houston Rockets.
But unlike the We Believe stuff, the Splash Brothers label did not originate from the fans. A man by the name of Brian Witt came up with the name while working as a Digital Content Producer with the Warriors organization.
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So back to the birth of the Splash Brothers back in 2012.
Not surprisingly, the Golden State Warriors have dominated most of the preseason player ranking lists. ESPN put three Dubs in their top 10, and four in their top 20, and Sports Illustrated did the same.
This week another big list came out: the Washington Post’s. Tim Bontemps, the NBA writer for the publication, also put the Warriors’ Big 4 in his top 15, but in a different order than ESPN or SI.
Rockets vs. Warriors prediction
The Warriors should win this game easily. Houston is a talented team, but it won’t be able to neutralize Golden State’s high-octane offense.