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(1-2) Houston Rockets vs. (2-1) Golden State Warriors
Western Conference Finals: Game 4
Date: Tuesday, May 22
Time: 9:00PM EST, TNT
Venue: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: Warriors -410 | Rockets +346
NBA Betting Odds: Warriors -8.5
NBA Betting Total: 224
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The Golden State Warriors have taken care of business in the last two games, but the real story isn’t about their coming back from down 0-1, it’s about Stephen Curry’s resurgence in Game 3.
After two terrible games on both ends of the court, the former unanimous MVP finally found his form—even if it took an entire half.
The question now is how the Rockets will bounce back and regain home-court advantage after dropping two in a row.
There’s no denying the Rockets have done a largely good job of stopping Curry from getting going. Not only had they kept him in control on offense, and specifically from behind the three-point line, before the third quarter of Game 3, but they’d done everything in their power to attack and exploit him with their own offensive stars in James Harden and Chris Paul.
Now that Curry has regained his confidence and gotten his groove back, Houston has to go back to the well and avoid making drastic changes. It’d be easy to say we need to switch it up, but only two out of 12 Western Conference Finals quarters have been considered a “failure.”
There’s still a blueprint in place for the Rockets to succeed, and sticking to that is their best bet.
Golden State Warriors
As much as the Rockets need to stick with the blueprint that shut down Curry early in this series, Golden State is going to make that beyond tough now that Steph has gotten back to his elite level.
As long as Golden State continues to hedge hard and get the ball out of James Harden’s hands, they’ll be able to use quick runs to get early leads. (Or at least early third-quarter leads.)
The Dubs are more than capable of winning a shootout, but why let Houston make it a contest with that type of contest.
If the Warriors are able to keep Curry engaged on both ends of the court, the Rockets will struggle.
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As much as we’ve talked about Curry’s bounce back performance and how that makes it difficult for Houston to keep up, this should be a much closer contest than Game 3. The Rockets now know what the Warriors look like when Steph is rolling, and while stopping him may not be a reasonable goal, odds are, you’re not going to see Harden and Paul combine for a measly 33 points for a second game in a row.
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The line isn’t yet set for this contest as of this writing, but you have to imagine the Rockets come out and put up a better fight. Will they get the win straight up? We’re not confident in them enough to make that claim at this point.
But keeping it to single digits? You’d better believe it.
This game should be close down to the final minutes. It’ll be at that point when the Warriors finally pull away and make the game look less competitive in the final score than it actually was.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Golden State Warriors 117 – Houston Rockets 110
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