Underdogs in NBA betting odds, the Houston Rockets have earned the right to face the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals, after coming back from a 3-1 series deficit to win a best-of-seven series.
The Houston Rockets Can Win Because…
They are full of confidence, and more specifically, they are now getting the contributions from role players that they will absolutely need if they are to win this series. The Rockets looked dead in the third quarter of Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Los Angeles Clippers. Houston trailed by as many as 19 points in that quarter and still trailed by 13 at the end of it. However, in a fourth quarter for the history books, the Rockets outscored the Clippers, 40-15, and 31-7 in the final seven and a half minutes of the game. Josh Smith and Corey Brewer, two role players who had been dormant for most of the series, came alive. Smith scored 14 points in that final quarter, and Brewer scored 15. They led the Rockets to one of the most amazing wins in franchise history. More specifically, they won a playoff game when trailing by 10 or more points entering the fourth quarter for the first time ever. No other Houston team from the past had ever been able to do such a thing. When a team does something like that, you expect it to play at a whole different level & adjust your NBA picks accordingly. The Rockets did this in Game 7, smacking the Clippers by 13 points in a game that was lopsided for almost the whole second half. Smith and Brewer both hit at least 50 percent of their shots and combined for 26 points. Trevor Ariza scored 22, and he hit 6 of 12 threes. Pablo Prigioni made several important hustle plays. If these guys all continue to produce at this level, and continue to work as hard as they did in the fourth quarter of Game 6 and then all of Game 7, the Rockets can beat the Warriors.
The Golden State Warriors Can Win Because…
They are the better team, by 11 games in the NBA regular season. They have home court advantage. They have the league’s MVP, Stephen Curry. They have the better coach in this series, Steve Kerr. They also have more rest. The Warriors last played on Friday night, while the Rockets have to go to Oakland from Sunday’s Game 7 against the Clippers and will have only one day of rest. The Warriors also have Andrew Bogut to neutralize Dwight Howard in the low post. They have a matchup answer for everything Houston can offer. They have no huge weakness Houston can exploit.
The NBA betting odds favored Warriors are the far better team in this series and it should not go longer than five games. Look for the Golden State Warriors win their first two games on their home court, likely get a split in Houston and finish things off in Game 5.
NBA Series Price Pick: Golden State in 5 at The Greek