Counterpoint: Curry, Golden State on Warpath in Game 4

Monday, May 21, 2018 1:20 PM UTC

Monday, May. 21, 2018 1:20 PM UTC

The Warriors took full advantage of their return home to a supportive crowd, dominating the Rockets 126-85 in Game 3 of the West finals. Will Tuesday's clash be a repeat?


<h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" title="Warriors vs. Rockets">NBA Tuesday:</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" title="Rockets vs. Warriors ">Rockets (74-20 SU, 48-44-2 ATS) vs. Warriors (67-27 SU, 39-52-3 ATS)</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Free NBA Pick: Warriors -8½</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=Betphoenix" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">BetPhoenix</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3468651, "sportsbooksIds":[1389,1275,999996,139,1096], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><h2>What’s Trending</h2><ul> <li>Golden State is 5-1 ATS in their last six conference finals games.</li> <li>Golden State is 22-7 ATS in their last 29 home games vs. a team with a road winning percentage of greater than .600.</li> <li>Golden State is 11-6 ATS vs. Houston over their last 17 meetings.</li> <li>Houston 7-19 ATS in their last 26 vs. NBA Pacific Division opponents.</li> <li>Houston is 2-6 ATS as an underdog this season.</li></ul><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;MOOD &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;May 21, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>Steph Curry wasn’t going to remain cold for long, and in the third quarter of Sunday’s Game 3 against Houston the two-time league MVP erupted for 18 points and ended the game with 35 in Golden State’s 41-point dismantling of the Rockets. The Warriors’ Kevin Durant, the team’s other future Hall-of-Famer, had been carrying the load in this series as Curry worked his way out of an uncharacteristic shooting funk. However, on Sunday night Curry returned to his sharpshooting ways that saw him connect on over 56 percent of his shots from the field. Five starters, plus backup Quinn Cook, all scored in double figures as the Rockets had no answer for the relentless pace and tempo set by the Warriors.</p><p>When you’re wrong, you’re wrong. After backing the Rockets in Game 2, while my SBR colleague Doug Upstone was extolling the virtues of all things Golden State, I decided to double down after a successful ATS cover and ride the Rockets again as they traveled west to Oakland. The <a href="" title="NBA Odds">NBA odds board</a> was reflecting the Rockets, the team with the best record in the league this season, as eight-point road dogs at all of the major online sportsbooks. How could I refuse after they bounced back so convincingly in Game 2 to tie the series at one apiece? I knew Mr. Upstone would be following the public and backing the Warriors in his <a href="" title="Free NBA Picks">NBA picks</a> in Game 3 even after they had failed so miserably in Game 2. The choice, I thought, was clear. Fade the public and grab all that value that the books were so eager to hand us. Well, the public isn’t always wrong and neither is my buddy, Doug. The Rockets’ stout defense, which was on display in Game 2, melted like butter in a blast furnace on Sunday night while the Warriors not only got their groove on offensively but suffocated any offense that James Harden and the Rockets were attempting to muster.</p><p>Golden State’s Game 3 win was so convincing, I’m not sure if the Rockets will recover. The Warriors forced 19 turnovers, outrebounded the Rockets 49-41, and kept their offense in check throughout. The Warriors have now won a record 16 straight home postseason games and a quick check of the Game 4 odds reveals that the offshores are dealing the Warriors as anywhere from 8½- to 9½-home favorites. I am going to switch sides because I’m convinced the Warriors are that irresistible force at home that cannot be contained, especially when Curry has now found his mojo. Expect another Warriors blowout but if you want a different take -- and a good laugh -- then read Doug’s column on why the Rockets are worth a bet on Tuesday night. After you’re done, get on over to <a href=";book=Betphoenix" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">BetPhoenix</a> and get down on the Warriors.</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="">Read why Doug Upstone is tired of, well, you know ... blah, blah, blah!</a></h2>
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