Houston was able to come away with a pair of wins on its home floor to even this series up. And it took every part of their being, of their willingness to keep going to pull it off. If they can continue with this grit and effort, they could pull the miracle off.
Golden State has continued to rely heavily on their starters, but it has been working. It is not great though when not a single reserve on your team is even taking more than four shots per game. Very unusual.
The Golden State Warriors are -6 point favorites for Game 5, with the over/under set at 219.5. The moneyline for this contest is the Houston Rockets +220 and the Golden State Warriors -260.
Back to Oracle we go, where we could potentially be seeing the final playoff game ever held there if Houston can get the next two. A big change they made in Game 4, as noted by Rachel Nichols, was playing PJ Tucker at center for 48% of the game. It goes back to when 6-6 Chuck Hayes started during Yao’s injury-plagued seasons back in 2008. Houston has been +21 in the series when Tucker has been at the center spot, and it allows them to completely open up the floor.
James Harden was very shot-happy last game, and he finished with 38 points and 10 rebounds. PJ Tucker had one of his best games during his playoff career in Houston with 17 points and 10 boards. Austin Rivers added 10 points off the bench and was able to move the ball well. Eric Gordon was just 2-12 from deep, but he was able to get to the rim when he had to. They shot 17-50 from beyond the arc, a number of makes they should hope stays as is.
Warriors Need Depth
Of all the interesting pieces of NBA news I came across yesterday, it was a quote from DeMarcus Cousins that was most intriguing. “For me, my goal, I ain’t planning on sitting. … But I think it will have a very nice ending. Just wait for it.” It would truly be something if he was able to come back, and if so, you have to imagine that the bench would have a major lift with him taking minutes. Kevon Looney has taken over as the primary backup center behind Draymond Green, with Jordan Bell and Andrew Bogut riding the pine.
KD stayed hot with 34 points on 12-22 shooting, but he could not hit the big shot to tie the game in the waning seconds. Stephen Curry was able to log 43 minutes, and he had 30 points on 12-25 shooting. But he too struggled with the big attempt. Klay shot only 5-15 from the floor, and that hurt their cause a great deal.
Warriors Win at Home, Go Up 3-2
Folks, the trend of the home team winning is going to continue for the fifth game in a row. Make sure you bet GS-6, and OVER 219.5! The Warriors go ahead 3-2 with their victory.
Free Pick: GS -6
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