Date/Time: 04-28-2019, 15:30 EDT
Spread: Golden State Warriors -6
In the first game of this Western Conference second round matchup, the 4th in the West Houston Rockets, who eliminated the Jazz easily in the opening round by losing just once in five games, are visiting the first and defending champions Golden State Warriors, who had a harder time against the Los Angeles Clippers, but eventually managed to eliminate them 4-2.
Rockets had a 53-29 record (40-39-3 ATS) in the regular season and finished in the 4th place of the Western Conference. They are 4-1 in their last 5 games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Utah at home in the fifth game of the series, 100-93. Warriors had a 57-25 record (35-46-1 ATS) in the regular season and finished on top of the Western Conference. They are 3-1 in their last 4 games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against LA Clippers on the road in the sixth game of the series, 129-110.
Top Basketball BookmakersHouston are led in scoring by James Harden with 27.8 ppg. He also adds 6.8 rebounds and leads the team in assists made with 8 per game, while Chris Paul follows with 17.4 ppg, adding 5.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game. Eric Gordon adds 15.2 ppg. Golden State are led in scoring by Kevin Durant with 35 ppg. He also adds 5.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game, while Stephen Curry follows with 24.7 ppg, adding 5.2 assists and 6.7 rebounds per game. Klay Thompson adds 17.3 ppg.
Houston lead Golden State 3-1 wins so far this season and they have a perfect 2-0 on the road, having won with a 112-118 and a 134-135 score in overtime. Golden State are 31-13 at home, while Houston are 23-20 on the road. Golden State have a better offense with 118.1 ppg to Houston’s 113.5, while Houston have a better defense, allowing 108.5 ppg to Golden State’s 111.5. Golden State have a better accuracy both from the field (49.1% to 44.8%) and from behind the arc (38.6% to 35.6%). Houston on the other hand commit fewer turnovers (12.8 to 13.8), while Golden State dish more assists (29.5 to 21.1) and grab more rebounds per game (46.2 to 42.2). Golden State have already shown signs of weakness against the Clippers so expect the guests to force a closer game than 6 points today.
Houston Rockets vs Golden State Warriors Game 1 Prediction: Houston Rockets +6 (-107)