We share valuable betting insight for you to apply to your NBA picks for the Game 5 of the Western Conference Championship as it returns to Oracle Arena, the home of the Golden St. Warriors.
Houston Rockets vs. Golden St. Warriors (-10-) 9:00 ET ESPN
The Oracle Arena is a site where Golden St. is 46-3 SU for the season. This game was necessitated by the Game 4 (128-115) Houston win on Monday night. The NBA odds underdog Rockets have shown precedence for survival this NBA Playoff season. Trailing 3 games to 1 against the LA Clippers in Round 2, Houston rallied for 3 consecutive victories by margins of 21, 12 and 13 points. They are now in position to do the same thing, though they will have to win both games at Oracle Arena against the best team in the NBA on the league’s strongest home court. Nonetheless, Houston will continue to be “living the dream” of their 2015 NBA Playoff Season.
It was a scary moment for Golden St. fans when MVP, Stephen Curry, left Game 4 with a head contusion in the 1st half. But, he passed concussion protocol and returned to tally 23 points for the night. Notably missing, however, was his usual ability to mix it up as indicated by the fact that he snared just a single rebound. Draymond Green with a 21/15 night and Klay Thompson who knocked down 6 of 13 triples for 24 points picked up the slack, as did Barnes, Iguodala and Barbosa, all of whom tallied in double digits. Yet, it was the Rockets who prevailed in a desperation/elimination game behind 45 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists by NBA MVP runner-up, James Harden. Harden shot 13 for 22 from the field, including 7 of 11 from the arc. Josh Smith continued his resurgence with 20 points, 6 boards and 5 assists. Howard dominated the interior with 14/12, while Ariza again contributed with a 17/5/3 night.
But, the dominant statistic from Monday night’s game was that the 2 teams combined for (37) 3 pointers on an amazing (78) 3 point shots. Clearly, the shooting from behind the arc or defensive efforts attempting to stop the triple will be a key factor in the outcome of tonight’s game.
Tonight, the Warriors get a second chance to close out the Rockets and play in the franchise’s first NBA Finals in 40 years. With Cleveland already having clinched the other Finals spot, there will be ample motivation for the Warriors to get the win. Though the Warriors may well get this victory on the NBA’s strongest home court, it is improbable that Houston will let go of the rope, as they did in the 115-80 Game 3 home loss. Place your NBA picks expecting a solid 48 minute effort from the visitor, as the Warriors get the win, but we get the money.
NBA Picks: Take Houston Rockets +10 at BetOnline