NBA Pick: Bet Golden State to Cover as Warriors-Rockets Series to End in Game 4

Joe Gavazzi

Monday, May 25, 2015 1:58 PM GMT

The Warriors and Rockets square off in the best of 7 series tonight. Golden St. leads the series 3-0 following their 115-80 Saturday night. Where Should we place our Game 4 NBA Pick? Find out inside.

Golden St. Warriors (-4-) vs. Houston Rockets 9:00 ET ESPN
The Golden St. Warriors and Houston Rockets square off in the best of 7 series for Game 4 at 9:00 ET tonight as televised on ESPN. Golden St. clear NBA odds favorite leads the series 3-0 following their 115-80 Saturday night win on this floor.  That game was a total debacle for Houston. Golden St. outrebounded Houston by 21 boards and controlled the paint with a 58-42 edge in points. That interior dominance allowed numerous looks from the perimeter from Curry. When the game ended, Curry had tallied 40 points. That was aided by (7) 3 pointers. Curry now has 64 triples in the playoffs, which is already an NBA Playoff record.

Houston is saying all the right things about playing with pride after they "let go of the rope" in the Game 3 slaughter. Yet, they know deep inside that their chances for victory are slim. Remember, this is a Golden St. team who beat Houston by double digits in each of their 4 meetings this year in the regular season.  When the Houston comeback, in a 99-98 Game 2 loss on Thursday at Golden St., fell just short, it deflated their balloon. The negative body language was apparent as they walked off the court that night. If they are unable to dominate the interior with the presence of Howard, it is highly unlikely they compete in this Game 4

Golden St. is staying humble following the Game 3 victory.  In his post-game press conference, Curry said "it's easy for us to stay hungry because none of us have really experienced this before or accomplished really anything." Credit for that mentality must be given in part to 1st year HC Steve Kerr who had brought the concept of "now" into the Golden St. locker room. Kerr does not believe anything will change for Monday night's game.  In talking to the media, Kerr summarized the Golden St. philosophy of playing in the now. "They know that the most important thing is just the next play.  Keying in on competing and paying attention to all the little details, focusing on the mission and not the result, that's always been our mantra and it's especially true in moments like these.  Just keep going, keep pushing." 

During the regular season, the Houston Rockets were the most resilient team in the league with a record of 19-7 ATS following a defeat. But, the playoffs have been a different animal. Houston is just 3-3 ATS following a loss in the playoffs. With the resounding Saturday night victory, Golden St. has now won 6 consecutive games. In the NBA Playoffs, any greater than .620 NBA road team who is off 5 or more consecutive victories is a 67% ATS play. Lay your NBA pick with the Warriors to close out the series.

NBA Pick: Take Warriors at 5Dimes.