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The Houston Rockets can continue their march up the Western Conference standings with a 10th-straight victory when they play host to the conference-leading Golden State Warriors in an NBA odds matchup on Wednesday night.

Houston extended its longest winning stretch of the season to nine games with Monday’s decisive 118-106 victory over the visiting Charlotte Hornets as 9.5-point home chalk, and has also posted against-the-spread wins in four of five contests ahead of Wednesday night’s clash at Toyota Center.

The Rockets have padded their already impressive home record during their longest surge of the season, posting straight-up wins in five straight and eight of 10 overall to improve to 24-9. The squad has also regularly frustrated opposing offenses during their current tear, limiting opponents to 95 or fewer points in three of their past four outings. That has fueled a steady run for the UNDER in totals betting, which has prevailed in four of Houston’s past five outings, and gone 9-4-1 over the team’s past 14 contests.

In addition, the Rockets have closed the gap on the first-place Warriors during their current surge, pulling to within 3.5 games of Golden State. Houston has also built a sizable lead on second-place San Antonio in the Southwest Division, and is a -1600 favorite on the NBA  odds to claim the divisional crown.

However, the Rockets continue to lag well back of the Warriors on the NBA playoff odds, sitting a distant second to Golden State with +650 odds of winning the West, and at a lengthy +1100 bet to claim their first NBA title since 1995.

 

Warriors Coming off Upset Loss on NBA Lines

 

The Warriors travel to Houston amid their shakiest stretch since mid-November. Golden State has picked up the SU win in just four of 10 contests, capped by a stunning 115-111 loss to the Western Conference basement-dwelling Phoenix Suns as heavy 17-point home favorites on the NBA lines.

 

In addition to extending the club’s current stretch without consecutive wins to 10 games, the Warriors also lost Kevin Durant to injury in Sunday’s loss to the Suns.  Durant was forced to leave late in the contest with an ankle injury, and has been ruled out for Wednesday night.

 

The Warriors dropped a 103-96 decision in Orlando as 4.5-point road chalk on February 28 in their only game this season without the four-time NBA scoring champion, and compiled an 8-5 SU record in 13 games with Durant on the sidelines last season.

 

The team will most certainly miss Durant’s strong defensive play in Wednesday’s contest. The Warriors have surrendered 115 or more points on five occasions during their current swoon, and have also seen their dismal record against the spread decline further with ATS losses in five of six contests, and 13 of 16 overall.

 

Wins have also been scarce for the defending champions in recent meetings with the Rockets. The Warriors have dropped three straight to the Rockets, both SU and ATS, capped by a 118-112 loss as heavy 12-point home favorites on the NBA odds on February 23, and have also fallen to defeat in their past two regular-season visits to Houston.

 

*Odds as of March 13, 2019

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