The 2015 NBA Playoff for the Western Conference Finals is moving into its 2 Game on Thursday the 21st of May as the No. 2 seed Rockets of Houston (0-1) play the No. 1 seed Warriors of Golden State (1-0) with the Warriors leading this 7 Game Series 1-0. The game is scheduled to be played also in the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California at 9:05 PM ET and seen on ESPN TV.
The odds makers at Vegas have the Warriors of Golden State favored in this second game -10 ½ on the Point Spread and the Total at 220 and -650 on the Money Line, with the Rockets of Houston at +10 ½ on Point Spread and +475 on the Money Line. In the 1st Game of the Series the game was played on Tuesday the 19th of May in Oakland and the Warriors beat the Rockets by 4 points at 110-106.
After this 2nd Game in Oakland, the 3rd Game moves to Houston on Saturday the 23rd with the Warriors visiting the Rockets and all games are scheduled for 9:05 PM ET. The 4th Game on Monday the 25th of May is also at the Rockets, while the 5th Game (if needed) moves back to Oakland on Tuesday the 27th of May with the Rockets visiting the Warriors. The 6th Game (if needed) is back in Houston on Friday the 29th of May with the Warriors visiting the Rockets. Then the 7th and final game if needed is back in Oakland on Sunday the 31st on May 2015 with the Rockets visiting the Warriors and game time is 9:05 PM ET. In this Western Conference Finals Series the Warrior won the first game as the squeaked by the Rockets 110-106 on Tuesday. The question outstanding at this point, is which team will win this important and pivotal 2nd Game.
For those that Bet on NBA at SBG Global or similar online betting sites, and if you’re a Rockets of Houston fan, your team’s desire for a 3rd NBA Title received a set back as the lost the 1st game of this 7 game series by a mere 4 points to the top seeded Western Conference team the Warriors of Golden State. The bigger set back in that game was the injury that D. Howard occurred to his knee that may put him out for the rest of the series. In that 1st game his absence was felt as the Rockets found it difficult to keep up with the small ball fast moving Warriors roster.
In the postseason Howard was great averaging per game 13.9 rebounds and scoring 16.5 points each game, and in Game 1 prior to his early injury had had 13 rebounds and scored 7 points. Now the scoring load will shift to Harden even more so. He had a good game in the 1st game and almost had a triple double, but had only 9 assists to go along with his 11 rebounds and 28 points in the game.
The Rockets other big men need to step up as Howard is going to miss some games in this series, and with a quick response to give Harden more room to score against the Warriors defense which has been stingy in these playoffs at just 95.3 on average to their opponents. The last 4 time the Rockets played the Warriors on the road they were 1 and 3 against the spread and 0-4 straight up.
The fans of the Warriors of Golden State need to remember their slogan, that “No lead is safe against the Warriors of Golden State.” In their 1st Game they were behind by some 16 points in the 1st half and came back to win the game. They had some 5 players on the team that had double figures as the Warriors extended their winning stretch to 6 games against the Rockets. The Warriors success in this game was a result of their to go small, and they had a 21-4 run and took their 51-37 deficit to a lead at halftime of 58-55, as S. Livingston lead the team in that 2nd quarter scoring 14 points. Green at 6’ 7” had 8 blocks, 12 rebounds and 13 points in the game while S. Curry their MVP had 2 steals, five assists, 6 rebounds and 34 points in the 1st game as he made 6 of 11 of his 3-pointer attempts. Now what the Warriors need is the other half of the ‘Splash Brother’ K. Thompson to find his scoring as in the 1st game he only made 1 of his 7 3-pointer attempts so his team can widen their already talented offense. During the Warriors last 10 games at home; they are 3 and 7 against the spread but 9-1 straight up. Then the media experts are predicting that the Warriors beat the Rockets in this 2nd Game 108-94 and take a 2-0 lead in this 7 Game Series.