Rockets Look To Send An Early Message On The Road In Oakland

Sunday, April 28, 2019 5:17 PM UTC

Sunday, Apr. 28, 2019 5:17 PM UTC

The Rockets and Warriors are all set for a rematch of one of the best series' from last years playoffs, will Houston have enough to pull off the upset this year?

<p style="text-align:center"><strong>Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Sunday 3:30 P.M. ET</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Free NBA Pick: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/houston-rockets-vs-golden-state-warriors-3784333/odds/" target="_blank" title="Game Odds">Rockets ATS</a></strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Best Line Offered: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4427&amp;book=BOVADA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Sportsbook!">Bovada</a></strong></p><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3784333, "sportsbooksIds":[93,1096,19,999991,999996], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>There is no love lost between The Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors, but the Rockets hope to continue a hot run while also stirring up some of their regular-season magic when they seek to dethrone the defending champions in a <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/april-26-free-nba-pick-of-the-day-warriors-at-clippers/89915/" target="_blank" title="Warriors Will Stop Messing Around With Clippers And End Series Tonight">Western Conference semifinal series</a> that tips off Sunday afternoon in Oakland, Calif.</p><p>The rivals will be meeting in the postseason for the fourth time in the last five seasons, with Golden State having prevailed in the previous three, including twice in the Western Finals.</p><p>The latter includes last season, when the Rockets held a 3-2 edge in the series before losing Chris Paul to a hamstring injury. The Warriors went on to win the final two games by a total of 38 points to advance to the NBA Finals, where they swept the Cleveland Cavaliers for a third championship in four seasons.</p><p>The top-seeded Warriors will have home-court advantage this year, but the fourth-seeded Rockets already have demonstrated an ability to win at Golden State, sweeping both regular-season meetings in Oakland.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;There’s optimism that Thompson will play Game 1 but bigger question is whether there will be limitations on his mobility, sources tell ESPN. &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/90yuZGWgUd\"&gt;https://t.co/90yuZGWgUd&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/1122542877861609484?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;28 de abril de 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><p>The top-seeded Warriors will have home-court advantage this year, but the fourth-seeded Rockets already have demonstrated an ability to win at Golden State, sweeping both regular-season meetings in Oakland.</p><p>Houston also might have an advantage in Game 1, as Warriors guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are both questionable due to right ankle injuries, according to coach Steve Kerr.</p><p>All the other key players appear to be healthy for the series opener, for which the Rockets have been waiting in Oakland for two days while Golden State was forced to travel to Los Angeles to eliminate the Clippers in a sixth game on Friday.</p><p>Having a higher rate of success than the Warriors in the first round of the playoffs mirrored the final eight weeks of the regular season, during which, starting with their 118-112 win at Golden State on Feb. 23, <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/" target="_blank" title="Live NBA Odds Board">the Rockets went 20-4</a>, while the Warriors posted just a 15-9 mark.</p><p><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/" target="_blank" title="More NBA Picks">Look for the Rockets to cover the 5.5 point spread</a> and possibly even get the Game 1 upset due to the Warriors health issues coming into the game.</p><p style="text-align:center"><br /><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/forum/nba-basketball-betting/" target="_blank" title="Check SBR's NBA Betting Forum"><strong>Talk Basketball at SBR's NBA Betting Forum</strong></a></p>
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