Golden State Warriors vs Houston Rockets / NBA – At the beginning of the series we have said that duels between the Warriors and Rockets will be the most interesting in the play-off. And we didn’t make mistake. After four games the results is 2-2 and each game was very tense, uncertain and hard body contacts. After two games played in Houston the series returns to Oakland where Game 5 is going to be played.
Golden State Warriors vs Houston Rockets begins 09.05.2019 at 04:30 CET
Golden State Warriors
The reigning champions had won first two home games but then lost two following played in Houston. Both defeats were minimal; they lost the first after overtime 121-126, while result of the second game was 108-112, although the Warriors had chance to take the game into overtime or even to win, but Durant and Curry weren’t precise. By many, Game 5 could resolve the series as its winner would gain huge psychological advantage ahead of Game 6 which will be played in Houston.
Fantastic Durant is the Warriors best player in this series, and he is by far the best scorer in his team but what is now and perhaps will be the key in following games is contribution from Curry and Thompson. Although Curry scored 30 points in the previous game this is simply not Curry we are used to see. He shot for three points 4/14 in that game and 12/46 in the entire series or weak 26%! Thompson barely gets chance to shoot 8/26, and we all know what the two of them mean for the Warriors attack.
Probable lineups Golden State Warriors: Curry, Thompson, Iguodala, Durant, Green
Houston won two previous games thanks to heroic efforts and equalise the series. Harden scored 41 points in the third game, and Gordon added his 30 points, while Houston’s best player scored 38 points in Game 4 and had 10 rebounds, but it seems that the key player was Tucker, not only because of his 17 points but because of 10 rebounds (out of which 5 offensive) and great contribution to the Rockets’ defence. We have mentioned return of Rivers in the team, and that was one of few things that elevated the Rockets’ play at new level in two previous games.
There were many clashes between players of the two teams. The Rockets fans have helped a lot to their team, so it is going to be interesting to see what will be the atmosphere in the Oracle Arena. Houston players said after the game that they should be even more aggressive and they still haven’t showed the best they have. Still, they have to watch for dropping guard which happened to them in Game 4 when they had at one point +17 and at the end the game was equalised and they could have even lost.
Probable lineups Houston Rockets: Paul, Harden, Green, Tucker, Capela
Golden State Warriors vs Houston Rockets PICK
Houston score at home in the play-off this season is 5-0 but to reach the final they need to win away. That is why this game is perhaps the most important by now. The Rockets have scored even 26 three-pointers than the Warriors in the series and though this statistic info we can see that something is not right in the Warriors game. We have said that Game 5 could resolve many things, and we also believe that the reigning champions must show why they are champions and this is especially true for Curry and Thompson, who urgently must help Durant.
Pick: Warriors -5.5 points
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