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Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

After two huge home performances from the Rockets, the series between Houston and Golden State is knotted at 2-2. James Harden and company are warming up to the competition, making this series just as electric as all of us had hoped it would turn out to be.

Golden State Warriors

Golden State will feel like Game 5 is a must-win, as they’ve lost their last two games to the Rockets after starting the series with a 2-0 lead. Golden State put up just 108 points in their last game, the second lowest total in the entire postseason. The Warriors shot 24% from three-point range, leaving a huge gap in their offensive production. One bright spot for the Warriors was the performance of Steph Curry. After a slow start in this series, Curry came alive in Game 4, scoring his series-high 30 points. Curry will have to put up similar numbers in Game 5 if the Warriors are going to stick with the Rockets. Houston has started to knock down their three’s, beating the Warriors at their own run-and-gun game. When Curry, Thompson, and Durant are at their best, there’s no better shooting team than the Warriors. Expect a shootout in Game 5, with the better shooting team likely to come out on top.

Golden State has lost two games in a row heading into Game 5. The Warriors return to Oracle Arena looking to take the lead back in this Western Conference Semifinal series. Golden State has a 3-2 record at home in the playoffs so far, and has went 2-0 against the Rockets in this series.

Golden State Warriors Expected Starting Lineup

Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green

Golden State Warriors NBA Form

DateFixtureQ1Q2Q3Q4OTFinal
2019.05.20 GSW
POR
36
35
29
34
22
26
24
16
8
6
119
117
2019.05.18 GSW
POR
27
29
26
37
29
13
28
20
110
99
2019.05.16 POR
GSW
31
29
34
21
24
39
22
25
111
114
2019.05.14 POR
GSW
23
27
22
27
26
23
23
39
94
116
2019.05.10 GSW
HOU
27
28
30
29
25
30
36
26
118
113
2019.05.08 HOU
GSW
17
31
26
26
29
15
27
32
99
104
2019.05.06 GSW
HOU
28
25
26
36
30
32
24
19
108
112
2019.05.04 GSW
HOU
26
25
23
33
35
33
28
21
9
14
121
126
2019.04.30 HOU
GSW
20
29
29
29
26
24
34
33
109
115
2019.04.28 HOU
GSW
19
28
34
25
23
30
24
21
100
104
2019.04.26 GSW
LAC
35
31
37
22
30
25
27
32
129
110
2019.04.24 LAC
GSW
37
41
34
22
33
31
25
27
129
121
2019.04.21 GSW
LAC
32
22
30
32
25
30
26
21
113
105
2019.04.18 GSW
LAC
41
24
32
28
36
24
23
29
132
105
2019.04.15 LAC
GSW
25
33
25
40
44
35
41
23
135
131
2019.04.13 LAC
GSW
27
36
29
33
23
29
25
23
104
121
2019.04.10 GSW
MEM
41
45
27
41
22
28
27
18
117
132
2019.04.09 GSW
NOP
18
19
38
37
32
23
24
24
112
103
2019.04.07 LAC
GSW
28
32
27
30
18
42
31
27
104
131
2019.04.05 CLE
GSW
26
36
23
32
35
31
30
21
114
120
2019.04.04 GSW
LAL
39
12
21
30
34
24
14
24
108
90
2019.04.02 DEN
GSW
24
30
19
29
21
27
38
30
102
116
2019.03.31 CHA
GSW
27
35
22
36
23
34
18
32
90
137
2019.03.29 GSW
MIN
32
27
36
27
18
32
29
29
15
16
130
131
2019.03.27 GSW
MEM
31
37
35
23
23
24
29
19
118
103
2019.03.24 DET
GSW
28
29
21
34
28
34
37
24
114
121
2019.03.23 DAL
GSW
37
22
37
24
34
24
18
21
126
91
2019.03.21 IND
GSW
19
19
24
34
19
35
27
24
89
112
2019.03.19 GSW
MIN
30
27
29
20
32
28
26
32
117
107
2019.03.18 GSW
SAS
25
25
22
33
31
24
27
29
105
111
2019.03.16 GSW
OKC
40
27
24
19
23
25
23
17
110
88

Houston Rockets

Houston has pulled level in their Western Conference series with the Warriors at two games apiece. The Rockets stepped up their game at home, winning Games 3 and 4 in Houston. James Harden found his rhythm in his last two outings, dropping 41 in Game 3 and 39 in Game 4. It will be up to a second scoring option to emerge in the closing games of this series. Eric Gordon has stepped his game up, averaging 23 points per game in this series against the Warriors. If Houston can get big numbers from these two guards, then the Rockets will have a chance to take Game 5 at Golden State.

The Rockets have won two games in a row over the Warriors, tying the series at 2-2. After the two games in Houston, the Rockets visit the Warriors in Game 5. Houston won both regular season games at Golden State, but the Rockets have lost both away games against the Warriors in this series. Houston has an away record of 1-3 in the postseason so far.

Houston Rockets Expected Starting Lineup

Chris Paul, Eric Gordon, James Harden, P.J. Tucker, Clint Capela

Houston Rockets NBA Form

DateFixtureQ1Q2Q3Q4OTFinal
2019.05.10 GSW
HOU
27
28
30
29
25
30
36
26
118
113
2019.05.08 HOU
GSW
17
31
26
26
29
15
27
32
99
104
2019.05.06 GSW
HOU
28
25
26
36
30
32
24
19
108
112
2019.05.04 GSW
HOU
26
25
23
33
35
33
28
21
9
14
121
126
2019.04.30 HOU
GSW
20
29
29
29
26
24
34
33
109
115
2019.04.28 HOU
GSW
19
28
34
25
23
30
24
21
100
104
2019.04.24 UTA
HOU
20
20
22
26
27
29
24
25
93
100
2019.04.22 HOU
UTA
24
32
23
21
32
23
12
31
91
107
2019.04.20 HOU
UTA
28
30
22
25
24
21
30
25
104
101
2019.04.17 UTA
HOU
19
39
25
31
23
25
31
23
98
118
2019.04.14 UTA
HOU
24
31
20
28
27
24
19
39
90
122
2019.04.09 HOU
OKC
32
26
28
25
33
29
18
32
111
112
2019.04.07 PHX
HOU
24
34
23
43
30
40
36
32
113
149
2019.04.05 NYK
HOU
16
32
27
40
21
31
32
17
96
120
2019.04.03 HOU
LAC
39
26
29
27
34
20
33
30
135
103
2019.04.02 HOU
SAC
33
23
29
23
29
31
39
28
130
105
2019.03.30 SAC
HOU
32
35
28
28
33
28
15
28
108
119
2019.03.28 DEN
HOU
25
22
19
40
21
25
20
25
85
112
2019.03.26 HOU
MIL
25
20
28
38
18
32
23
18
94
108
2019.03.24 HOU
NOP
33
19
30
25
24
25
26
21
113
90
2019.03.22 SAS
HOU
24
36
23
26
34
19
24
30
105
111
2019.03.20 HOU
MEM
25
38
28
25
25
34
37
18
10
11
125
126
2019.03.19 HOU
ATL
25
25
28
22
31
25
37
33
121
105
2019.03.17 MIN
HOU
30
26
19
24
29
43
24
24
102
117

The Money Line

Here are how the odds to win the match look from the bookies ahead of the game.

Houston Rockets to win @ 3.30 (23/10) with Betfair.
Golden State Warriors to win @ 1.41 (2/5) with Unibet.

Odds taken at 21:00 GMT 07/05/2019

Key Points

  • Golden State has led at the end of the quarter in each of their last five games
  • Kevin Durant is leading all players in scoring in the postseason (35.4 ppg)
  • James Harden is averaging 39.5 points per game in the last two games against the Warriors

Our Verdict and Best Bets

There is no way to overstate just how essential this game is for both of these teams. When a playoff series is tied 2-2, the winner of Game 5 goes on to win the series 81% of the time. The Rockets have found their groove in this series, but still come into this game as a +205 underdogs. This gives bettors a good opportunity to make some money on Houston, as they will look to use their momentum to take a convincing 3-2 lead in this series. The Rockets have proven that they have the capability of winning at Oracle, winning two regular season games there this season. Look for a huge game from James Harden, leading to a surprising Rockets win.

About Seth Hatcher

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