Houston Rockets (0-1) @ Golden State Warriors (1-0)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 @ 10:35 PM EDT (Oracle Arena)
Line and Odds: Golden State Warriors -5.5
Free NBA Picks Houston Rockets vs Golden State Warriors
In this highly anticipated matchup between two Western conference heavyweights, James Harden and the Houston Rockets will look to rebound after their game 1 defeat at the Golden State Warriors, who are heavily favored not only in this series but also for the NBA championship, as they aim to three-peat for the first time in franchise history.
The Houston Rockets are currently the fourth seed in the Western Conference, which comes as a surprise to many because their the lowest seed remaining in the Western Conference. After cruising through the Utah Jazz in a 4-1 series, the Rockets hit a roadblock with the Warriors, losing 104-100. Jame Harden shot a team-high 35 points on 9/28 shooting (4/16 from beyond the arc) while dishing out 6 assists, while big man Clint Capela grabbed 6 rebounds. Chris Paul was rejected with 4.4 seconds remaining in the game, after receiving a second technical for making contact with an official. The main issue for Houston in game 1 was the “inability to call fouls” in four pivotal moments late in the game, which may have had an impact on the outcome of the game. The game featured 45 fouls, which is something both teams will likely improve on for game 2. Overall, Houston shot sub-par, with just 41.9 percent from the field, while being out-rebounded 38-26, which comes as a surprise since center Demarcus Cousins (quad) is out for the rest of the postseason. They will look to steal one tonight behind Harden’s 36.1 PPG this season, with the assistance Clint Capela and Chris Paul’s 12.7 RBG and APG, respectively.
The Golden State Warriors are currently the first seed in the Western Conference, sitting alone as the heavy favorites to win the championship once again. Coming off a grueling 6-game series with the Los Angeles Clippers, who gave their 100 percent offensively and defensively, the Warriors were certainly in playoff mode against Houston in game 1. There’s no one more deserving of “turning it on”, then Kevin Durant, who scored a combined 91 points from games 5 and 6 from the first round, then immediately scored a team-high 35 points, shooting 11/25 from the field, while Draymond Green stepped up once again, dishing out 9 assists and leading with 9 rebounds. Overall, Golden State shot 50.7 percent from the field, despite that star Stephen Curry only scored 18 points from 5/12 shooting (3/10 3PT). They will look to separate themselves further from the Rockets this season, behind Curry’s 27.3 PPG and Draymond Green’s 7.3 RPG and 6.9 APG, while assuming Kevin Durant will have another 30+ scoring night.
Cover the Spread 365 Betting Trends
Houston are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston’s last 7 games.
Houston are 10-3 SU in their last 13 games.
Golden State are 3-6 ATS in their last 9 games.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Golden State’s last 6 games.
Golden State are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games.
Free NBA Scores Golden State Warriors vs Houston Rockets
The Over/Under went down 3.5 points from Game 1, so expect many to go with the Over, especially if both teams are firing in all cylinders. Both teams will likely deviate from making too much fouls, which will create more space for the best players to make tougher shots. Kevin Durant and James Harden will likely once again be the top scorer of their respective teams, but Duran will outshine the rest of the floor, as there is no direct method to defending the 7-foot forward. If Golden State’s backcourt could come back from their shooting slump, expect the total to hit the over.
Pick: OVER (221)