NBA Playoffs Vegas Online Sports Betting & Free Picks Wednesday May 16th, 2018
Houston Looks to Even Up Series with Golden State on Wednesday
During the regular season, the Rockets went 2-1 against the Warriors and averaged 117.3 PPG. In game one of their Western Conference Finals they lost 119-106 as the Warriors went on one of their third quarter runs to pull away.
Durant was on fire as he put up 37 points on 14-27 shooting. He was pretty close to unstoppable no mater who Houston put on him including center Clint Capella who was supposed to be one of the Rockets not-so secret weapons in slowing down the Warriors offense. Klay Thompson with 28 points and Stephen Curry with 18 both also shot 50% or better from the field as the team hit on 52.5% of their shots overall.
Houston got 41 points from their superstar James Harden, 23 from Chris Paul and Capela went 6-7 on his way to 12 points. Eric Gordon even had his best performance after struggling for much of the playoffs as he put in 15 points.
The team hit on 45.9% of their shots and equalled the Warriors with 13 three-pointers.
Essentially Houston played an excellent game -at least on offense- and it still wasn’t enough.
What was supposed to set these Rockets apart from previous opponents to the Warriors was that they have a defense to match all that offensive firepower. Capela, P.J. Tucker, Paul, Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute were supposed to be able to match up and at least slow down all that ball movement that has made the Warriors one of the best teams of all time. But the Warriors were in a rhythm from the get go and it’ll be up to coach Mike d ’Antoni to come up with a few new wrinkles to the game plan if they are to find a way to stop Golden State.
Houston is -2 favorites in this one with an over/under of 224.5 points. That optimistic outlook -I think- is based on an emotional attachment that the team that was the best in the regular season won’t fall behind 2-0 at home. It discounts that the Warriors have had another gear to their game all along and they are two years into the Durant era. They should be at their peak right now, they are one of the greatest teams of all time and I think they’ll take a commanding lead in this series. The Pick: Warriors 115-112.