GS Warriors vs Houston Rockets (By: Khum)
Eastern Conference Finals, Game 3
Golden State Warriors - Houston Rockets
1-1 in the series after the two games in Houston and while things looked nasty for the Rockets after game 1, them blowing the Warriors of the court in game 2 brought some refresh in the minds of those making predictions.
If game 1 showed us Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson on fire, Golden Statețs defense locked and the Rockets getting no contribution out of their role players, with a unbalanced offense and Harden scoring over 40. Good win for the defending champions.
In the second game Houston managed to wear down Curry, hitting him and taking him on the ground as often as possible, and Steph was pale on offense as a consequence. The Rockets have also split their offensive actions, reducing the number of Harden and Paul isolation plays and getting a huge contribution from the supporting cast. Ariza, Tucker and Gordon scoring an aggregate 64 points. Moreover, the defense worked excellently for the no1 seed in the West.
Now they move to Oracle Arena, where the Warriors will get the support of the best crowd in NBA. Golden State, along with being a tremendous offensive team, one of the best in association's history, have as the main advantage over the NBA field their defensive play. Whenever they feel threatened they are able to lock down any team, and the blowout in game 2 should act as such a challenge. They are great shooters and the Rockets are as well, but the deeper we go into this series the more I expect lower scoring games. Particularly tonight I expect Steve Kerr to design a defensive game which will lock down the perimeter, will limit the Rockets efficiency from behind the arc and will get the win and the lead in the series for the hosts.
"Our guys have rings.That's a good position to be in. To me, the hardest championship is the first one, as an individual player and as a team, because you don't know — you don't quite know if you can do it. We're going to go in here knowing we're the defending champs, knowing we got a couple of championships here the last few years," Kerr said. "Let's go get another one. It's a nice feeling to have and to go into a series with."
The Golden State Warriors are the tested team of these two, they have both the talent and the experience of these tough playoff series. They won't sweep the Rockets as they did two years ago, but they will win the West, in 5 or 6 games. And the defense will be the key.
My bet for tonight is Golden State&under 226.5 points scored in the game @ 2.57, placed on a local bookie.
My tip here is Houston Rockets to score under 109 points in game 3.
Let's go green!
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GS Warriors vs Houston Rockets predictions
|Houston Rockets to score under 109 points in the game||Pinnacle||1.95||9||126-85 WON (+8.55 units)|
GS Warriors vs Houston Rockets betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Khum).