It's the second time in four years that Houston and Golden State have met in the West finals; the Warriors ousted the Rockets in five games in 2015 on their way to the National Basketball Association title. Rockets face the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals in Houston on Monday.
The Rockets had earlier booked their place in the Conference Finals with a 112-102 win over the Utah Jazz to also take their series 4-1. The teams didn't meet during the 2017 postseason, but the Warriors won a five-game series in the first round of the 2016 playoffs. SportsLine will have game-by-game gambling advice for every playoff series here. After just a few hours of posting, it increased to -190 for the Warriors.
Houstonians say the Rockets will just have to keep earning respect in the next round of the playoffs.
The Warriors have eliminated the Pelicans in five games.
Houston, Vegas has a problem with your Rockets.
The Warriors are shooting 46.9 percent from the field in the postseason as a team this year.
Golden State flaunts four unselfish All-Stars at the forefront of their offense, dwarfing Houston's seemingly foolproof floor generals. So far, so good. Okay, so it took until the third quarter.
"I think the Jazz want me back, so hopefully it all works out", said Exum who missed 68 games in the regular season with a shoulder injury. That's no disrespect to the East; that's just reality given the seasons that the Warriors and Rockets have had, and the collision course that seemed so inevitable for either to avoid.
However, the rest of the country isn't too hot about Houston's odds.
Chris Paul celebrates PJ Tucket's 3-point shot in the fourth quarter against Utah on Tuesday.
But the 2015 West finals against the Rockets? The Rockets' three point shooting has been inconsistent as they hit 35.3 percent from beyond the arc while draining 14.1 three pointers a game.
It'll be hard to top, too, because all hits are hits exclusively on the premise that they make an impact that lasts forever. However, we got them.
Donovan Mitchell, the 13th overall pick, logged in 20.5 points per game, 3.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.5 steals.
Rockets star James Harden, who was kept quiet with a relatively modest haul of 18 points, paid tribute to Paul's performance. The point guard played a crucial role in helping them make a fourth straight Western Conference final. "I'm going to put us on my back.' He had that look in his eyes". Playing at home, give the Rockets a slim edge here. Whether that's based on the Warriors' pedigree from the past three years and the experience gained from it or something else, it's a little surprising.
Draymond Green's incredible help defense will also contribute to Golden State's effort to contain Harden and Paul, and Kevin Durant can add some extra length around the rim.
Given that a gambler could make way more money betting on the Rockets with how things now are with Westgate, the Rockets might be the conventionally safer bet from that perspective. With the way both teams like to run and gun, this one should push past the total, even if only slightly.