Houston Looks to Swing the Series with a Big Game 5 Upset

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 1:51 PM UTC

Wednesday, May. 8, 2019 1:51 PM UTC

The Warriors may be without one of their key contributors as the Rockets adjust their gameplan to the Warriors fast pacede playing style.

<p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><strong>Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors</strong></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><strong>Wednesday 10:30 P.M. ET</strong></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><strong>Free NBA Pick: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/houston-rockets-vs-golden-state-warriors-3784337/odds/" target="_blank">Rockets ATS</a></strong></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><strong>Best Line Offered: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4427&amp;book=BOVADA" target="_blank">Bovada</a></strong></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3784337, "sportsbooksIds":[999996,238,1096,19,139], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p dir="ltr">The Warriors return to the scene of two first-round losses when they host the Rockets in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals Wednesday night in Oakland, Calif. In what has turned into a best-of-three for the second straight year in a duel of Western powers, the home team has won each of the first four contests in this series, capped by the Rockets' series-tying, 112-108 home win on Monday night.</p><p dir="ltr">In last year's Western finals, Houston broke the 2-2 tie with a win in Game 5, but that was at home. Golden State then swept the final two games to reach the NBA Finals, where they captured their second straight championship and third in four years.</p><p dir="ltr">After losing Games 2 and 5 at home to the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round this year, the top-seeded Warriors began a run of home-court wins against the Rockets with hard-fought, 104-100 and 115-109 triumphs. They outshot the Rockets 48.2 percent to 44.4 and out rebounding the visitors 41.5 per game to 33.5 in those contests.</p><p dir="ltr">The fourth-seeded Rockets flipped the tables with 126-121 and 112-108 home wins, dominating the Warriors on the boards to the tune of 52.5 per game to 39.0, while also slightly outshooting Golden State 46.2 percent to 45.4.</p><p dir="ltr">[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Back in Oakland for Game 5! &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/RunAsOne?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#RunAsOne&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/kzT8Qa9PWl\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/kzT8Qa9PWl&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/HoustonRockets/status/1125893092215627776?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;May 7, 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;\n"}[/]</p><p dir="ltr">The Warriors might find themselves having to do so either without or with a limited Andre Iguodala, who hyperextended his left knee late in the game Monday. He said after the loss that he'd be fine for Game 5, but his status -- play or not; start or not -- will be a game-time decision.</p><p dir="ltr">The Warriors' chief defender against James Harden, Iguodala has played 29 or more minutes in all four games of the series. He played more than 29 minutes just seven times during the regular season. Strategy wise, the Rockets made the adjustment of the playoffs by inserting PJ Tucker as the small ball center in most Houston lineups,, which does not allow the Warriors to seek out and attack Clint Capela on the defensive end. With the Warriors being favored by six points at home, expect the Rockets to show up and pull off the series changing upset.</p>
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