Rockets vs. Warriors Prediction
The Houston Rockets could not keep up with the host Golden State Warriors two nights ago as they fell behind 2-1 in the Western Conference Finals. Will the story be similar tonight or can the Rockets bounce back with a big victory?
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Oracle Arena at 9PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Warriors are listed as an 8.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total sits at 224.5 points. As of Tuesday morning, 68 percent of public bets are pouring in on host Golden State. Check out our NBA Public Betting Page for up-to-date information.
Harden, Rockets give lackluster effort
Houston guard James Harden scored 20 points on 7-of-16 shooting Sunday night as the Rockets were throttled 126-85 in Game 3 by the Warriors. The next-closest in the scoring department were Clint Capela and Chris Paul as both scored 13. Paul added 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocked shots and a steal for a double-double. Eric Gordon added 11 off the bench. Houston only shot 32-of-81 from the floor in the loss including 11-of-34 from 3-point range. The Rockets also committed 19 turnovers, compared to only eight for Golden State.
Curry heats up
Golden State point guard Steph Curry actually started Game 3 shooting cold from the floor again, but quickly caught fire as he finished with 35 points on 13-of-23 shooting. He went 5-of-12 on 3-point attempts. All five Warriors starters were in double figures in scoring with Kevin Durant putting in 25 on 9-of-19 shooting. Klay Thompson scored 13, while Draymond Green had a double-double of 10 points and 17 boards. Andre Iguodala also had 10 points to go with three rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block. Iguodala (knee) is doubtful to play tonight. Quinn Cook put in 11 points off the bench.
NBA Betting Trends
The Rockets are 5-1 ATS in their last six games on one day of rest. Houston is 2-5 ATS in its last seven meetings at Golden State.
The Warriors are 13-6 ATS in the last 19 meetings. The under is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings.
As bad as Houston looked in Game 3, it had too fantastic of a season overall to play so poorly two games in a row. Most people seem to be gravitating toward betting on the Warriors here because of the Game 3 eye test, but I'm sticking to my guns and believe the Rockets will bounce back with an impressive effort. They might not win, but an 8.5-point cushion is sufficient enough for me to have a lot of interest in making the bet.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: HOUSTON ROCKETS +8.5