Houston at Golden State NBA Free Picks
On Wednesday night, the Houston Rockets will be in Oakland to take on the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series. The Warriors are up 3-1 after a 121-94 thrashing of the Rockets in Game 4 in Houston, but a giant shadow has fallen on the Warriors’ chances, as Stephen Curry (who already missed one game with a sprained ankle) is now out for at least two weeks with a sprained MCL in his right knee. That injury did not slow the Warriors in Game 4, though, as they drained eight three-pointers ont he third period and an NBA postseason record 21 for the game. Find out the latest NBA odds here.
Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors NBA Free Picks
When: Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 10:30pm Eastern time
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
Radio: KNBR 680 AM Oakland
Live Stream: NBA-Stream.com
NBA Odds: TBA
Why should you bet on Houston?
Losing Curry for two weeks will be tough. The Rockets could seize the momentum from this letdown and grab a win on Golden State’s home floor. After all, Boston and then the lowly Timberwolves were able to walk away with victories here not that long ago, and after Game 4, James Harden finally expressed some disgust with the Rockets’ lack of defense, as Houston failed to put a hand in the face of Klay Thompson and the other Warriors who were draining three after three, particularly in the third quarter. The Rockets have that extra gear on defense, as they showed against the Warriors in Game 3 and as they showed Boston and Toronto on the road this year.
Why should you put your money on the Warriors?
In the regular season, Curry went down with a leg injury, and the Warriors next played in Dallas where they were drilled by 30 points. However, when Curry went out just before halftime, the Warriors roared out of the intermission to post 41 points in the third quarter. Despite the fact that Dwight Howard was dominant on the inside (19 points and 15 rebounds), the Warriors were able to dominate from the outside and attack the rim when necessary. Against a team like Houston, Golden State still has the talent to take this win at home.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I like Golden State to continue with their postseason momentum and exploit the Swiss cheese that the Houston Rockets claim is their defense. I’m predicting a 118-104 Warrior victory.