The Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors open up the Western Conference Semifinals Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Eastern at Oracle Arena. The Rockets got past the Utah Jazz in five games in the first round, while the Warriors took a surprising six games to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers.
Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors: By the Numbers
- The Warriors are -250 to beat the Rockets (+210) in the series, but Houston won three of four head-to-head matchups in the regular season.
- This is the fourth meeting between the two teams in the last five postseasons. Last year was the first time Houston was able to win more than one game in the series.
- Golden State averaged an additional four possessions per game more than the Rockets in Round 1.
- The Warriors lead all postseason teams with 124.5 points per game, while the Rockets are eighth at 107.0.
- Warriors PF Kevin Durant leads the playoffs with 35.0 points per game.
- G James Harden leads the Rockets and is fourth overall with 27.8 PPG.
Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors: Key Injuries
Warriors Gs Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson both tweaked their ankles late in the series against the Clippers but are expected to be ready to go Sunday. C DeMarcus Cousins remains out with a quadriceps injury.
Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors: Best Bet
Moneyline: The Warriors are heavily favored at -245 in the series opener. The better-rested – and healthier – Rockets are the play at +205 after dominating the regular-season series.
Against the spread: The Warriors’ lone win in the season series was by two points. Take Houston to cover +6 (-110) if the outright is too bold.
Over/under: Two of the four previous meetings between the two crushed Sunday’s total of 225.5, with the other two finishing below the number. Golden State was 4-2 against totals in Round 1, but the Rockets played to the under in four of five. Go with the UNDER at -110 with two of the Warriors’ top players at less than full health.
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