Will Stephen Curry Play Tonight? Golden State Warriors vs Houston Rockets: Preview, Lineups & Predictions

Published 03/17/2021, 12:00 PM EDT
Feb 6, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) in action during the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Golden State Warriors at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


The Golden State Warriors will aim to bounce back tonight as they travel to Texas to face the Houston Rockets. Both teams have been struggling lately and are desperate for a win. The Warriors are coming off a loss against the Lakers, while the Rockets lost to the Hawks last night.

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Date & Time: March 17, 2021, 8:30pm ET

Venue: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas

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Preview | Golden State Warriors

The Warriors have been inconsistent throughout the season. They were on a three-game winning streak late in February, but since then they have won just one out of their six games. While Stephen Curry has also had a couple of off-games, the rest of the team has been underperforming on both ends, which is why they have been so poor.

Feb 6, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kent Bazemore (26) and forward Juan Toscano-Anderson (95) and guard Stephen Curry (30) and forward Draymond Green (23) during the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Golden State Warriors at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Heading into this game, they have a fully fit team, leaving out Klay Thompson and Marquese Chriss. After showing some promise recently, James Wiseman will be eager to return to the starting lineup. His role has been confusing at times, but he has the ability to be their starting center.

Starting 5 for the Warriors

Guard – Stephen Curry

Guard – Kelly Oubre Jr

Forward – Andrew Wiggins 

Forward – Draymond Green

Center – James Wiseman

Preview | Houston Rockets

The Rockets had a terrible start to the season going 4-9. But inspired by Christian Wood, they went on an impressive run and were 11-10 before he got injured. Since then, they have lost an embarrassing 17 games in a row. They have gone from a playoff team to a tanking team in this span.

Mar 14, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Rockets guard Victor Oladipo (7) dribbles the ball as Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) defends during the second quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Rockets will have some good news entering the game. Wood is likely to return and so is Danuel House Jr. Both are likely to play restricted minutes off the bench, but their arrival could help them put an end to their losing streak soon.

Starting 5 for the Rockets

Guard – Kevin Porter Jr

Guard  – Victor Oladipo

Forward – Sterling Brown

Forward – Ja’Sean Tate

Center – Justin Patton

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Predictions | Warriors vs Rockets

This game is likely to be the Rockets’ 18th loss in a row. Once Wood returns to his 100%, they will stand a chance, but Curry and co are favorites to take home the win tonight. This win will help them in their fight for a playoff spot and give them momentum for their upcoming games against the Grizzlies.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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