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(3-2) Houston Rockets vs. (2-3) Golden State Warriors
Western Conference Finals: Game 6
Date: Saturday, May 26
Time: 9:00PM EST, TNT
Venue: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: Warriors -1000 | Rockets +600
NBA Betting Odds: Warriors -12
NBA Betting Total: 212
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The Houston Rockets are one win away from making the NBA Finals, and they have two games to do it. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that Eric Gordon will be taking the starting spot of Chris Paul in Game 6. Paul was declared out for the contest following a hamstring injury that took place in Game 5 on Thursday night.
Without Chris Paul in the lineup, everything changes for the Houston Rockets. Houston had been thriving off dual-hero ball tactics by letting James Harden and CP3 run isolation sets depending on matchups.
Now with the team relegated to having one superstar point guard on the court at any given time, their approach has to be either finding a surprise second option or letting Harden go Full MVP.
Given what we know about the Rockets, it’s the latter that seems more likely to take place.
Asking anyone to truly take Paul’s spot is asking for disappointment.
Golden State Warriors
The Warriors are heavy favorites to win not just this contest, but the entire series despite being down 3 games to 2 and not having home-court advantage in a potential Game 7.
That’s how important Paul’s absence is, and that’s a huge testament to the talent and eliteness of the Warriors.
We’ve said this before, but we’ll say it again and with more emphasis now that Paul is out: The. Warriors. Can. Not. Get. Complacent.
A team that can coast to victories night in and night out can fall victim to complacency, but Golden State hasn’t had the luxury of that comfortability in the Western Conference Finals.
We’ve seen the Rockets take full advantage of the Warriors when they’ve put their guards down this series, which is something Golden State needs to remember as it enters its first elimination game since losing Game 7 of the 2016 Finals.
Free Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets NBA Prediction:
The Warriors are heavy favorites. If they were facing a Rockets team with full health, we’d call the line crazy.
But it’s not crazy. It makes perfect sense with Paul sidelined.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Golden State ATS
The Warriors are going to come out and strike early. James Harden could push for a ridiculous 45, 12 and 10 and it likely wouldn’t make a difference.
Warriors win big.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Golden State Warriors 122 – Houston Rockets 99
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