It certainly hasn’t been the prettiest series to watch so far, but the Rockets do have a chance to tie the series with Golden State here tonight in Game 4. Will Houston continue with their three point barrage, or will Golden State’s star power lead them to yet another infamous 3-1 series lead?

[1] Golden State Warriors (2-1) @ [4] Houston Rockets (1-2)

If you watched the ending of Game 3, then you know that it was just outright bizarre. Steph Curry not only missed an easy layup in overtime, but he compounded that by getting blocked on a dunk attempt by the rim itself. As a matter of fact, Curry missed a total of 6 layups in Game 3, opening the door wide open for Houston. Credit the Rockets for creating and making their shots though, as they finished with a 126-121 victory.

Golden State

The Warriors have been a fascinating team to analyze, simply because of how confusing they are. In this series, Kevin Durant has clearly been their best player, but Draymond Green has definitely been their second best. That’s nothing against Dray, because he’s been superb, but the Splash Brothers have made more than their fair share of blunders. The Warriors need Curry to be their second best player despite any finger injuries.

 

  • Durant and Green were outstanding in Game 3. KD had 46 points and 6 assists, while Green finished with a triple double of 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists.
  • The Warriors had a pretty good offensive showing last game. They only shot 42-95 (44.2%) from the field, but went 14-33 (42.4%) from three, and assisted on 27 of their 42 made baskets. Making things even better, they had only 8 turnovers.
  • Golden State doesn’t have a bench. Their bench scored a whopping total of 7 points in 39 minutes of play.
  • The Dubs have only covered the point spread in 1 out of 3 games so far in this series.

Houston

They tend to say that when it rains in Houston, it pours. When the Rockets are making their threes, it is simply contagious and they tend to run away with games. It is much harder to blowout a team like the Warriors, so instead it nets them a win. It seems that James Harden’s eyes are just fine after all, as he had a much better performance in Game 3.

 

  • Harden and Gordon carried the Rockets last game. Harden had 41 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists. EG finished with an efficient 30 points.
  • When it comes to rebounding, the Rockets were unstoppable. They torched the Dubs, 55-35, including 17 offensive boards.
  • Iman Shumpert was an X factor, outscoring the Golden State bench with his 10 points.
  • The Rockets have covered the point spread 2 of the 3 games in this series despite only winning once.

Pick: Golden State Warriors +1.5

After watching Game 3, it isn’t a far cry to say that Steph Curry cost the Warriors Game 3. At the same time, Houston thoroughly outrebounded the Warriors and splashed several triples to give them a solid advantage. Even though Game 4 is played once again in Houston, the Dubs are always a hard team to bet against in the playoffs. The Rockets had to play an excellent game to win Game 3, and they’ll have a difficult time repeating it here tonight. Your best bet is on Golden State taking a 3-1 series lead tonight.

 

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