Houston Rockets (64-31) at Golden State Warriors (76-17)
|Date & Time||Thursday May 21, 2015, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Golden State Warriors -10.5 -- Over/Under: 220
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The Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets battle in Game 2 at the Oracle Arena.
The Warriors kicked off the Western Conference Finals with a thrilling 110-106 win over the Rockets despite trailing by as many as 16 points in the first half. Stephen Curry led the charge, knocking down a total of six threes on his way to a game-high 34 points while Klay Thompson added 15 points but shot just 6 of 18 from the field. Shaun Livingston picked up the slack and added a valuable 18 points off the bench while Draymond Green was great on both ends of the floor, stuffing the stat sheet with 13 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists to round out the scorers. Overall, it was a fantastic effort from the Warriors who pulled out the victory despite starting so slowly.
As for the Rockets, James Harden led the way with 28 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, Trevor Ariza added 20 points and Josh Smith had 17, but the Rockets were always going to be up against it once Dwight Howard left the game with a left knee injury after colliding with fellow teammate Smith and it'll be a massive loss for the Rockets if Howard was to miss out on playing in Game 2. At the end of the day, the Rockets will be disappointed that they missed out on stealing home-court advantage, but it was good to see them compete so well after getting swept by the Warriors in the regular season.
In ATS trends, the Rockets are 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall and 23-9 ATS in their last 32 games following a loss, while the Warriors are 2-7 ATS in their last nine home games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following a win.
Head to head, the Rockets are 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings overall and the under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
No one is picking the Rockets to win this series, but they looked more than competitive in Game 1, so I'm not expecting this to be easy for the Warriors at all. I'm sure Golden State will win again in Game 2, but once again I'm liking the Rockets with the points in another high scoring game.