Warriors at Rockets 5/16/18 - NBA Picks & Predictions
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Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets
NBA: 9:00 PM EST
May. 16, 2018
Game Two of the Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets will take place on Wednesday night from the Toyota Center. The defending NBA Champion Warriors sent a message to the Rockets in the series opener with a 119-106 road triumph. Golden State’s ball movement was too much for Houston in the second half, as they tallied 63 points to break the game open. The Warriors connected on 13-for-33 from long range and shot 53 percent overall.
All-Star F Kevin Durant poured in a team high 37 points on a 14-for-27 shooting performance. Klay Thompson was 6-for-15 from the three-point line and finished with 28 points.
The top-seeded Houston Rockets set a franchise record with 65 wins during the regular season and clinched home court advantage throughout the postseason. On Monday, the Rockets seemed to wear down in the second half and now must win at least on game on Golden State’s home floor to win this best-of-seven series. Houston outrebounded Golden State by a 53-40 margin and shot 46 percent from the field in defeat.
James Harden led all scorers with 41 points on 14-for-24 from the floor and dished out seven assists. Chris Paul added 23 points and 11 rebounds in a losing effort for the Rockets.
Recent Betting Trends:
Warriors are 5-15 ATS in their last 20 games following a straight up win.
Rockets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Under is 4-0 in Warriors last 4 road games.
Under is 15-6 in Rockets last 21 home games.
Under is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Houston.
Free Betting Pick: Houston Rockets -1.5
Golden State G Patrick McGaw (back) had his first on-court pregame workout on Monday night and is questionable to return in this series. Trevor Ariza, P.J. Tucker, and Luc Mbah a Moute combined to score nine points on a woeful 3-for-17 shooting effort. Look for Houston’s role players to step up in Game Two and even this series. Final Score Prediction, Houston Rockets win and cover ATS 114-107.