With Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals looming, there are one question basketball fans and betting enthusiasts across the globe need to answer. Are the Houston Rockets in trouble after getting walloped in Game 1 on their home floor – just as I predicted I might add?

Let’s get to my Game 2 and all NBA Playoff Betting Odds, as well our pick and find out right now roundball bettors!

 


Game Information

What: Golden State Warriors (67-26) at Houston Rockets (73-20)
When: Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at 9:00 PM
Where: Toyota Center
TV: TNT
NBA Odds: Houston Rockets -2 -110 | -130 | U225 ½ -110


The Warriors took Game 1 with a second-half blitz after hitting the half tied at 56. The Dubs got a team-high 37 points from Kevin Durant on 14 of 27 shooting and 28 points from Klay Thompson on 9 of 18 shooting while Steph Curry added a modest 18 points on 8 of 15 shooting in the win. Durant was nothing short of spectacular in the mid-range.

“This is why anybody would want him on their team … I don’t know what you do to guard him,” Kerr said. “He can get any shot he wants.”

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Despite being in the unusual position of starting a playoff series on the road for the first time since 2014, the Warriors never looked back once they took control in the second half.

“I think you need different challenges in life,” Green said. “You get the same thing over and over, you tend to take it for granted. It’s a completely different feel for us.”

Every starter had at least two steals besides Durant and Draymond Green finished the night at a positive +19 with nine rebounds and nine assists.

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“We’re in the Western Conference finals they are going to come out with a lot of energy,” Durant said. “We’re going to take that first punch and keep punching.”

The Houston Rockets got a game-high 41 points from James Harden on an efficient 14 of 24 shooting night while Chris Paul added 23 points on 8 of 17 shooting. However, outside of those two and their 64 combined points, the rest of the team had just 42 points on 39 percent shooting.

“We’re all in this together,” Harden said. “It doesn’t matter who has a bad game or who is missing shots. … Keep shooting your shot and being aggressive. We got this far doing that and having that mindset. So we’re just going to continue it.”

While the Warriors shot a blistering 52.5 percent and 39.4 percent from beyond the arc, Houston was limited to a more modest 45.9 percent mark from the field and 35.1 percent from beyond the arc.


Prediction

While I’m expecting Houston to come out with a lot more determination and focus in Game 2 than they did in the opener, in the end, I just don’t see them beating a Golden State team that I expect to be super focused again on Wednesday night. More importantly, the Rockets’ isolation style of play isn’t very conducive to producing winning basketball against a Warriors defense that is very good and doesn’t get enough credit because of their prolific offense.

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While the Warriors have gone 4-0 ATS in their last four Conference Finals games, the Rockets have gone 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600, an identical 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games against a team with a winning road record and a nearly winless 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games against a team with a road winning percentage of greater than .600.

I’m going with the refocused warriors to duplicate their Game 1 road win to take a commanding 2-0 series lead over the one-dimensional Rockets.

Pick: Golden State +2


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