Point: Warriors Seek Revenge in Houston for Game 5

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 4:56 PM UTC

Wednesday, May. 23, 2018 4:56 PM UTC

The Rockets stunned the Warriors in Game 4 and snapped Golden State’s NBA-record postseason home winning streak at 16. Let’s check out the NBA odds board for Thursday night’s showdown in Houston and cash a ticket!

<p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Take a closer look at tonight’s game as the Dubs get ready to head back to Houston for Game 5 👀 &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/tAFrdnOWAB\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/tAFrdnOWAB&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/warriors/status/999147661105205248?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;May 23, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/golden-state-warriors-vs-houston-rockets-3468652/" title="Live Odds For This Game"><strong>Warriors (67-28 SU, 39-53-3 ATS) vs. Rockets (75-20 SU, 49-44-2 ATS)</strong></a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center"><strong>Free NBA Pick: Warriors +1</strong></h2><h2 style="text-align:center"><strong>Best Line Offered: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4992&amp;book=Betphoenix" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">BetPhoenix</a></strong></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3468652, "sportsbooksIds":[1389,19,180,93,169], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><h2>What’s Trending</h2><ul> <li>Golden State is 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a straight up loss.</li> <li>Golden State is 4-1 ATS in their last five games following an ATS loss.</li> <li>Golden State is 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Houston.</li> <li>Houston 2-5 ATS in their last seven Thursday games.</li> <li>Houston is 3-6 ATS as an underdog this season.</li></ul><p> </p><p>Well, that was unexpected! Of course, I am referring to Golden State’s stunning home court loss to the Rockets on Tuesday evening after clobbering Houston by 41 points just two days earlier. I deviated from my game plan and instead of viewing Houston’s Game 3 loss as an aberration; I suddenly jumped on board the Golden State freight train in Game 4 with all the other lemmings, only to see it derailed. I’ll bet my SBR colleague Doug Upstone is smiling from ear to ear as he indulges in a bit of schadenfreude while counting his cash from backing Houston in his <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/">NBA picks </a>on Tuesday night.</p><p>Let’s take a look at exactly what happened besides the obvious; Golden State losing 95-92 as eight-point home chalk. It was a see-saw battle throughout as the Warriors took a nine-point lead into the second quarter. However, the Rockets had enough of that nonsense as they were resolute in denying another humiliating loss to the defending world champs. Houston roared back by outscoring Golden State 34-18 in the second frame and taking a seven-point lead into the half. That advantage was short-lived as it was now Golden State’s turn to return the favor and entering the fourth and final quarter all those who backed the Warriors, like me, had to be feeling quite confident as Golden State held a 10-point lead. It appeared as though GSW was going to break away and win the game somewhere in the teens.</p><p>But what we didn’t know is that the Rockets’ defense would clamp down on the Warriors like a vice-grip and hold the most prolific scoring team in the league to just a dozen points. Twelve freakin’ points, are you kidding me?! The usual suspects produced their routinely lofty point production as Golden State’s duo of Curry and Durant notched a combined 55 points while Houston’s Harden and Paul accounted for 57 but the real story was the Rockets’ fourth-quarter steel curtain defense. Despite being outrebounded 49-41, Houston forced 16 turnovers and forced Golden State’s offense into a panic down the stretch.</p><p>So now we have Thursday night’s Game 5 battle taking place in Houston where, according to the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/">NBA odds</a> board, the Rockets are favored by a point. Many of those who went broke betting Golden State on Tuesday will be reluctant to do the same on Thursday. That was my mentality in betting the Rockets in Game 3, watching their destruction, and hopping on over to Golden State for Game 4 because I was certain the Rockets would be shattered after losing by such an historical margin.</p><p>But I will maintain that what we saw in Game 4 was out of the ordinary. Golden State was 32-6 in their last 38 postseason contests when holding a team below 100 points before their Game 4 setback. And they did it without Andre Iguodala who was nursing an injury. I am not concerned about Kevon Looney starting in place of Iguodala, a defensive presence, again because holding Houston to under 100 will normally earn Golden State a victory and an ATS cover. Let’s go back to the well as the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHhrZgojY1Q">Warriors won’t get fooled again </a>and will respond with a win on Thursday night.</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/counterpoint-confident-rockets-to-take-out-wobbly-warriors/85347">Read why Doug Upstone thinks the Warriors are having bad flashbacks.</a></h2>
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