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Starts: Sat. May 4th @ 8:30 pm EST

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SBD Predicted Score

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114.8 - 113.8

Current Warriors vs Rockets Odds

Odds History
Moneyline Spread Total
+135 2.35 27/20 0.43 +3.5 -110 1.91 10/11 0.52 O 221.0 -110 1.91 10/11 0.52
-155 1.65 20/31 0.61 -3.5 -110 1.91 10/11 0.52 U 221.0 -110 1.91 10/11 0.52
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+150 2.50 3/2 0.40 +3.5 -109 1.92 100/109 0.52 O 220.5 -109 1.92 100/109 0.52
-170 1.59 10/17 0.63 -3.5 -109 1.92 100/109 0.52 U 220.5 -109 1.92 100/109 0.52

Matchup Overview

The Houston Rockets will try to dig themselves out of an 0-2 hole on on Saturday, May 4 when they take on the Golden State Warriors at Toyota Center. Tip off time for this Western Conference semifinal showdown is 8:30 p.m. EST.

Houston, You Have a Problem

The Rockets blamed the referees for their loss in Game 1, but in Game 2 they could only blame themselves. Houston turned the ball over 18 times and were out-rebounded, outscored, and outplayed in their 115-109 defeat on Tuesday night.  Kevin Durant led the charge for the Warriors with 29 points, five rebounds, and four assists in a game-high 44 minutes. The four-time scoring champ is now averaging 34.3 points per game in the postseason.

The Rockets have their work cut out for them as only 20 teams in NBA history have ever won a seven-game series after losing the first two games. Mike D’Antoni knows the math, but believes Houston can still triumph by imposing its will:

A Sight for Sore Eyes

James Harden suffered contusions in both eyes after being inadvertently hit in the face by Draymond Green early in Game 2. The reigning MVP still logged 34 minutes, but endured blurry vision for the remainder of the game and was clearly in discomfort.

He has since undergone consultations with eye specialists and has vowed that he’ll be ready to answer the bell on Saturday night. “If I played barely seeing last game, what makes you think I’m going to sit out Game 3?” Harden has told reporters.

Steph Curry Deserves a Hand

Harden wasn’t the only superstar who suffered an injury in Game 2. Two-time MVP Steph Curry also briefly left the game after dislocating the middle finger on his left hand. He practiced with the Warriors on Thursday and, according to fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson, had no problem finding the bottom of the basket.

“It’s not that fun,” Thompson said. “But I know Steph. He’ll get it back. It’s not the end of the world. It’s not torn ligaments or anything. So he’ll toughen it out.”

Houston Rockets vs Golden State Warriors Regular Season Statistical Comparison



114.8 (2nd) Offensive Rating 114.9 (1st)
113.9 (11th) Points 117.7 (2nd)
21.2 (28th) Assists 29.4 (1st)
44.9 (24th) Field-Goal Percentage 49.1 (1st)
35.6 (10th) Three-Point Percentage 38.5 (3rd)
+4.8 (5th) Plus/Minus +6.5 (2nd)



110.1 (18th) Defensive Rating 108.5 (11th)
109.1 (10th) Points 111.2 (16th)
46.6 (19th) Field-Goal Percentage 44.4 (3rd)
34.0 (2nd) Three-Point Percentage 34.7 (11th)
51.8 (28th) Points In The Paint 47.1 (7th)

Rockets Favored to Win at Home

Oddsmakers are clearly expecting a lot of points, as they’ve set the game total at a robust 220, with the Rockets opening as 4.0-point favorites. Golden State is 39-50-1 against the spread this year and 43-47-0 over/under, compared to 44-42-3 ATS and 43-46-0 over/under for Houston.