Houston Rockets vs Golden State Warriors / NBA – The Warriors won Game 5 but they lost their best shooter Durand due to right calf injury. If it turns out that the injury is more serious it could be a great problem for the reigning champions, even if they win Houston and reach the final of Western Conference. The Rockets are on verge of elimination and only victory suits them, and they will rely on the home-field advantage for that.
Houston Rockets vs Golden State Warriors begins 11.05.2019 at 03:00 CET
The Rockets managed to return after having -20 in the fifth game but that wasn’t enough to win the Warriors who played without injured Durant in last 14 minutes. The final 104-99 for the reigning champions means 3-2 in the series for the Warriors, so Houston plays for survival in the series in the coming game, or in other words to return the series to Oakland. As things stand now, it is not likely that Durant will play in Game 6, which is something that the Rockets should try to use for their advantage.
If we take a look at history or statistics, we can see that the winner of Game 5 in a series where the score was 2-2, wins the series in 82% of cases! In the fifth game, Harden again lead his team with 31 points, but when the game reached the turning point he was nowhere to be found (he shot from the field only once in last nine minutes). It is hard to tell whether there was any reason for that or the Golden State played such a good defence.
Probable lineups Houston Rockets: Paul, Harden, Gordon, Tucker, Capela
Golden State Warriors
According to coach Kerr, Durant most likely won’t’ play in Housto, and everyone hopes that medical exam will not show rupture of Achilles tendon. It would be a huge handicap for the Warriors, although Curry and Thompson showed that they can win (the title too) without him. However, Duran's influence on way how the Warriors played this season was great, and that was especially visible in the play-off. Fans are encouraged with performances of the Splash brothers in the fifth game, although it is a question who could best replace Durant in the starting five.
Perhaps coach Kerr decides to put Loonley in the starting five or if he still wants to start without centre then probably experienced Livingston should take the place in the team, even though he had problems with injury before the fifth game. There is still no indication when centre Cousins could return on the court, but it is encouraging that he started with exercises.
Probable lineups Golden State Warriors: Curry, Thompson, Iguodala, Livingston (Looney), Green
Houston Rockets vs Golden State Warriors PICK
Houston must play on all or nothing but they should be careful as there is no room for mistake. The Warriors need to compensate 35.4 points that their best shooter Durant averaged in the play-offa, and all this indicates that the game will not be overly efficient, both because of Durant’s absence and importance of Game 6 for the home team.
Pick: under 213 points
Odds: 1.93 at 10bet (down to 1.89 can be played)
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