The NBA will be host to two Game 5’s on Wednesday night, one with the chance for a team to move on, while the other will have two teams fighting for a lead in the series. One of the most anticipated matchups for the second round between the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors will look for one team to break the 2-2 series tie. This game is set to begin at around 10:30 PM Eastern time on TNT.
The Rockets had a rough start to the regular season, but finished the season with a record of 53-29, which put them in fourth place of the Western Conference. Houston met up with the fifth-seeded Utah Jazz in the first round and were able to move on in five games. The Rockets will look to earn a huge win against the Warriors on Wednesday night to take the lead in this series.
Golden State once again finished out on top of the Western Conference with a record of 57-25. The Warriors met up with the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round, where they moved on after a six-game series. Golden State will look to take one step closer to the Western Conference Finals with a victory at home on May 8.
These two teams met up a total of four times throughout the regular season, with the Rockets surprising most people by taking the season series 3-1. The Rockets are hoping to use that to their advantage to knock off the defending Champions. Both teams have fought in an intense first-round series, which should be a set up for another great game on Wednesday night.
Game 1 of this series was hosted by Golden State on April 28. James Harden dropped 35 points for the Rockets, while Eric Gordan had 27 points, but it was not enough. Kevin Durant added 35 points and the Warriors starting lineup combined for 94 points to earn a 104-100 Game 1 win.
The Warriors also hosted Game 2 of the series on April 30. James Harden had another impressive performance, dropping 29 points. P.J. Tucker and Clint Capela both had double-double’s, but once again Houston fell short. Kevin Durant had 29 points, while Golden State’s starters went off for another 101 points to earn a 115-109 win to take a 2-0 series lead.
Game 3 shifted to Houston on May 4. Kevin Durant put up another performance to remember with 46 points. Draymond Green had a triple-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. James Harden dropped 41 points, while Eric Gordan put up another 30 points. The Rockets outlasted Golden State in overtime to pull off a 126-121 win at home.
The Rockets kept the series at home for May 6’s matchup. Kevin Durant put up 34 points for the Warriors, while Steph Curry added another 30 points, but Golden State fell short on the road again. James Harden had 38 points and 10 rebounds. Eric Gordan dropped 20 points as Houston tied up the series at 2-2 with a 112-108 win.
Three Point Shooting
The Rockets were solid playing behind the arc during the regular season. Houston was able to make around 35.6 percent of their three-point shots in the regular season, while holding their opponents to a 34 percent. The Rockets have been shooting well from behind the arc in the regular season, making 36.7 percent of their threes.
Golden State had the third best three-point percentage making 38.5 percent of their shots from deep in the regular season. The Warriors held opposing teams to a percentage of 34.7 percent during the regular season. Golden State has kept it up in the playoffs, sinking 36.9 percent of their shots from deep this postseason.
Houston had a strong three-point defense during the regular season, which has been able to slow down the Warriors a bit in the playoffs. The Rockets have also had to up their three-point game to keep up with Golden State’s high scoring team. Both teams will look to keep getting it done from deep through this series, which I believe will keep the high scoring games coming.
James Harden has been going off throughout the playoffs, averaging 31.5 points, 7 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game. Eric Gordan has stepped up in this series, averaging 18.5 points per game through the playoffs. Chris Paul has averaged 16.5 points and 5.5 assists per game. P.J. Tucker is averaging 11 points per game, while Clint Capela has averaged 10 points and 10 rebounds per game.
The Warriors have been led by Kevin Durant, who is averaging around 35.5 points per game throughout the postseason. Stephen Curry has been doing well also, averaging around 23.5 points per game in the playoffs. Klay Thompson has averaged 16.5 points per game, while Draymond Green is averaging 13.5 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists per game. Andre Iguodala has averaged 11.5 points per game.
Both of these teams rely heavily on their starting lineups to help lead them. Neither team has seen much production from their bench in this series as their starters play heavy minutes. The Rockets will need Clint Capela to capitalize on DeMarcus Cousins’ absence at the Center spot if they want to pull off the win on the road. These two starting lineups should continue to match up well though.
These two teams have played tight games throughout the series, but I believe that Golden State will come out fast in Game 5 after taking two rough losses on the road. The Rockets will need Capela to go off at the Center spot in my opinion if they want to pull off the upset. If the Rockets are not ready for the Warriors on Wednesday night, I believe it could lead to Golden State running away with a Game 5 victory to push Houston to the brink.
BetOnline has the Warriors listed as a -6 against the spread for Game 5. I believe that this spread is a little bit big, but I think Golden State has a good chance to cover it. The Warriors are tough to beat once, let alone three times in a row and I believe that this will show on Wednesday night. I like Golden State to take this game and cover the spread.