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(1-0) Golden State Warriors vs. (0-1) Houston Rockets
Western Conference Playoffs – Round 3 Game 2
Date: Monday, May 14
Time: 9:00PM EST, TNT
Venue: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: Warriors +110 | Rockets -113
NBA Betting Odds: Rockets -2
NBA Betting Total: 225
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Game 1 between these two Western Conference elites was a tightly contested battle comprising back-and-forth competition from start to, well, the end of the first half.
In the third quarter, after battling Houston to a tie, the Warriors hit the next gear and eventually earned a lead they’d never give up.
In Game 2, the Rockets need to figure out how to come out of halftime with the same energy they had early, which was one of our keys to the series for James Harden and Co.
Golden State Warriors
As much as this series was an assumed foregone conclusion, there was always a question as to whether or not the Rockets, led by two stars in James Harden and Chris Paul who aren’t exactly known for their postseason successes, could live up to expectations.
With the Warriors, there was never any such concern.
Throughout the regular season, Golden State looked something between very good and historically good depending on when you tuned in. They took nights off and dealt with injuries, but it was all about getting to this point with a full roster.
Against Houston, the goal is to lock down defensively, as you know the Dubs’ offense will find a way to score without changing anything about the game plan.
Making Chris Paul uncomfortable is the first step, and if you can force Harden into bad shots and turnovers, you’re going to be in good shape.
The time is now to prove there’s no such thing as a postseason curse.
In their last outing, the Rockets got an all-time great showing from Chris Paul. Against the Utah Jazz, that was perfect with James Harden struggling.
Against the Warriors, Houston will need both to play at an elite level. Stars can’t take nights off in the third round of the playoffs if they hope to reach that finals.
That much is especially true against a Warriors team that has won two of the last three championships and is looking to reach the Western Conference for the fourth-straight season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 10-1 in HOU last 11 vs. NBA Pacific.
- Under is 14-6 in HOU last 20 home games.
- Under is 35-17 in HOU last 52 overall.
- Under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
- GS are 11-5 ATS in the last 16 meetings
Free Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets NBA Prediction:
It’s rarely a good idea or safe bet to pick the road team in Game 1 of a Western Conference Finals when the 1 seed is still alive. Hence Houston getting the nod from oddsmakers.
But at -1, it’s clear that home-court advantage was the deciding factor. And we’re not buying that.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Golden State ATS
The Warriors will come out in this one and take control early. Houston will make it a game throughout, but when it’s all said and done, we should have a 1-0 series in favor of the lower-seeded-but-still-favored Dubs.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Golden State Warriors 125 – Houston Rockets 118
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