Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets: Who Makes the NBA Finals?Posted by: Charlie Smith
After a thrilling online basketball betting series, the Cleveland Cavaliers have managed to claw their way into the NBA Finals. It was one hell of a ride and tonight online sportsbook players find out which Western Conference team will join them. In tonight’s Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets matchup, the Rockets may be playing at home. But with Chris Paul’s health still uncertain, the teaser sports betting odds may not be predicting a joyful ending for Houston. Let’s take a look.
Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets – Monday, May 28th
Series: Game 1
When: 9:00 pm ET
Where: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Stream: Drama on TNT, NBA League Pass
Online Basketball Betting Odds:
Golden State Warriors
Unsurprisingly, the Warriors are pegged as the betting favorite this evening. This was to be expected, since Paul’s status for this evening is still undecided. Ultimately the Warriors’ chances hinge on Paul’s absence. Since Golden State is 1-2 in Houston with Paul in the lineup, it stands to reason that the Rockets could rally around their stars. But even if Paul does get cleared to play, there’s no way he’ll be competing at 100%. And if that were to be the case, the Warriors should be able to walk away with this one.
Players to Watch: Kevin Durant (28.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 4.0 apg), Stephen Curry (24.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 4.4 apg), and Klay Thompson (20.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.1 apg).
The Rockets deserve praise for making it this far. However, to get to the NBA Finals, Houston will need more than a Hall of Fame performance from James Harden. In Game 1, when Chris Paul had a poor night, Harden finished the game with 41-points. If 41 isn’t good enough to beat Golden State with Paul in the lineup, what chance do Houston have without him? Furthermore, Paul was in the lineup for Game 1 but had a sloppy night. Since he’s currently banged up, it stands to reason that his play will be sloppy this evening. Bottom line, stick with the Warriors this online basketball betting evening.
Players to Watch: James Harden (28.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 6.9 apg), Chris Paul (21.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 5.8 apg), and Eric Gordon (14.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.4 apg).
Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets Betting Predictions
Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets Betting Picks
So which side should online sportsbook players favor in tonight’s Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets matchup? All in all, it’s probably safer to stick with the Warriors. They have more talent and more experience in these tough NBA playoff matchups. Granted, if Paul does play, taking the Rockets straight up can be quite lucrative. Sign up today to make this Western Conference Finals prediction.
Score Prediction: 112-108 Golden State. The Warriors get the win and punch their ticket to the NBA Finals. Houston will cover the spread and the TOTAL will be OVER.