Seems unlikely that Houston is the number one seed in the Western Conference. Yet the Rockets will have home court advantage against Golden State. The Warriors are the public top seed. That is because of their status as defending world champions. They remain top choice with NBA games betting odds to repeat. This puts Houston in a unique position for the Western Conference Finals. That’s despite their having the best record in pro basketball. Public perception remains believing that the Warriors belong on the pedestal. The clash of perception vs. reality is what’s most intriguing about the Western Conference Finals.
Rockets vs. Warriors Western Conference Finals Game 1
Date and Time: Series Begins Monday, May 14, 2018
Location: Toyota Center, Houston Texas and ORACLE Arena, Oakland, California
NBA Betting Online Odds at SBG:
|Warriors||+1½ (-110)||224 (-110)|
|Rockets||-1½ (-110)||224 (-110)|
Warriors vs. Rockets TV Coverage: Check Listings
What to expect of this series
This is a best of seven playoff series. The winner will face the Eastern Conference champion in the NBA Finals. Games one and two will be played at Houston. Golden State will host games three and four. If necessary game five returns to Houston. The Warriors would host a game six. And the Rockets get a potential seventh game on their home court. Houston earned top seed in the West with the best regular season record in that conference. The defending NBA champion Warriors had the second-best record in the Western Conference.
Golden State has made the NBA Finals three straight seasons. They won the Finals in 2015 and 2017. So far in the playoffs they have been a mixed bag. Payouts have occurred in five of their ten post season games. Just four of their playoff tilts went over the total. The Warriors eliminated San Antonio in the first round. They then dispatched of New Orleans in round two. Golden State is the highest scoring team in the post season thus far. Defensively they rank third best since the playoffs began.
Houston has gotten the money in six out of their ten post season games. Over Under results have been 5-5 so far in the playoffs. Minnesota was eliminated by the Rockets in the first round. Utah was then ousted in second round NBA games betting action. So far in the post season the Rockets rank third in the NBA for scoring. Defensively they rank third best so far.
Team vs. Team
Golden State has covered just one of their last four online sportsbook meetings with Houston. Seven of the last ten in this series have gone over the total. Toyota Center has seen the Warriors get the money in eight of their last 11 visits. Five of the last six at Houston in this matchup went under the number. At ORACLE Arena Golden State has failed to pay in their last three vs. the Rockets. Six of the last ten at ORACLE between these teams stayed under.
Matchup to Watch
Golden State has two superstars in Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. James Harden is Houston’s marquee man. Durant is the one extra Houston lacks. He is the NBA games betting odds difference in this matchup.
Warriors vs. Rockets NBA games Betting Odds Picks
Golden State has just a little bit more. They will make the NBA Finals for the fourth straight year.
NBA Betting Online Pick: Golden State Warriors
NBA Betting Online Score Prediction: Warriors 4 games, Rockets 3 games.
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