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The (0-0) Houston Rockets of the Western Conference Southwest Division are in the “BAY AREA” for a season opener conference matchup.
Houston will take on the (0-0) Golden State Warriors of the Western Conference Pacific. Tip-off is 10:30 PM EST on the TNT Television Network as part of a doubleheader.
The game is on Tuesday. October 17, 2017. The teams will play at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
NBA Handicapper and his staff understand the Western Conference landscape like no other in the business. Contrary to popular belief the Houston Rockets are not quite a “SUPER TEAM.” However, they have one of the most exciting backcourts in the NBA.
Golden State is seeking their third NBA title in four years. The Warriors are easily the odds-on favorites, but they have a target on their backs and will get opponent’s best each night.
The Opening Betting line has Houston as a Nine And A Half Point Road Underdog Against The Spread. The Betting Odds Total is 230 An A Half Points for Tuesday’s contest.
The 2017-18 Houston Rockets lost to the San Antonio Spurs in the 2017 playoffs.
General Manager Daryl Morey did everything in his power to upgrade the roster for the upcoming season. Also, the “BRASS” signed superstar James Harden to a mega deal.
Houston went 1-3 both straight up and to the number vs. Golden State last year. Head Coach Mike D’Antoni and the staff knows what they have with the addition of Chris Paul.
Three-Point specialists Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon make the Rockets nearly unstoppable from the perimeter.
Fans in “SPACE CITY” will probably not get immediate results but they are better than they were last season.
The addition of Paul will allow James Harden to freelance, and he becomes a nightmare for opponents.
Nenê and Clint Capela must be ready to play in the post. The signing of PJ Tucker brings a much-needed sense of toughness to the team.
Houston must not allow the atmosphere of Oracle Arena get in their minds, especially with the ring ceremony taking place before tip-off.
Bovada.Lv lists the 2017-18 Houston Rockets at +500 to win the 2017-18 NBA Western Conference Title.
The Golden State Warriors will have to wait another year or so before they move into their new downtown San Francisco arena.
However, with the 49ers, Raiders, A’s and Giants suffering in their respective sports, the Warriors remain the top team in “SILICON VALLEY.”
Head Coach Steve Kerr knows what he must do to motivate his team for the upcoming season.
Golden State still has the same roster; the only addition is Nick Young. Kevin, Durant, Stephen Curry, and Klay Thompson are still the best players on the team.
Draymond Green is overrated and would be an average player on any other roster in the Association.
Most reigning NBA Champions play average on opening night with a “RING CEREMONY” taking place.
However, the Warriors are so talented it may have them in more focus. The key to a Golden State victory is to play solid at both ends of the court.
Bovada.Lv lists the Golden State Warriors at -160 to repeat as 2018 NBA Champions.
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