Warriors @ Rockets: Harden, Houston head home hoping to force Game 7
Warriors @ Rockets NBA odds, spreads and predictions
Golden State and Houston could be set for a Game 7 for the second straight season.
The Warriors took a 3-2 series lead over the Houston Rockets with a 104-99 win behind stellar performances from Splash Brothers Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry.
Thompson was unconscious from long range knocking down five-of-10 attempts, while shooting 11-of-20 from the field for a team-high 27 points.
Curry contributed 25 points on a rough shooting night from three-point range making just 3-of-11 attempts.
Golden State may have came away with the win, but could have potentially lost much more after Kevin Durant left late in the third quarter with a calf strain.
Durant had 22 points, five rebounds, and four assists in 32 minutes of action. He is questionable to travel with the team to Houston for Game 6 as he awaits an MRI.
When is it? Friday May 10th
What time is tip off? 9:00 p.m. ET
Where is it being played? Toyota Center
Which channel is it on? ESPN
Houston failed to capitalize on Durant's injury, and now are winless on the road in Golden State. Fortunately for the Rockets, they will head back home to fight for their playoff lives.
James Harden was yet again the Rockets' thriving offensive force totaling a team-high 31 points on 10-of-16 shooting and eight assists. Harden also got the job done on the defensive end adding four steals and a block.
Over the first five games, Harden has averaged 34.8 ppg, 6.6 apg, and 5.6 rpg.
The Rockets could have used some support from Chris Paul, who was missing in action. Paul had just 11 points on 3-of-14 shooting, including 0-for-6 from three-point range with six assists and six rebounds.
Warriors @ Rockets Spread
Houston is giving Golden State 7.5 points in this matchup.
This has been the most entertaining series of the post season so far, and I don't see that changing when these teams head back to Houston.
The Rockets have yet to lose a game at the Toyota Center in the postseason.
With the way this series has been going, my full expectation is that the Rockets will take Game 6 to force Game 7. However, 7.5 points may be enough for the Warriors to cover as they look to end the series.
Take Golden State to cover, but Houston to win outright.
Warriors @ Rockets Moneyline
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Warriors @ Rockets Over/Under
The over/under for this matchup is set at 211.5 points.
Final score prediction: Golden State Warriors 106, Houston Rockets 112
Take the over in this game.
Where the game will be won or lost
Although the stars have dictated this series early on, the supporting cast from both sides will be at the forefront of Game 6.
That sentiment rings true especially for Golden State, who is expected to be without Durant on Friday night. The Warriors had just one player, Andre Iguodala, score in double figures in Game 5 besides the big three of Curry, Durant, and Thompson.
To make matters worse, the Warriors bench totaled just 11 points. The immediate solution for Golden State will be turning towards Draymond Green who nearly put together a triple-double in Game 5 with 8 points, 11 assists, and 12 rebounds.
Houston, on the the other hand, has gotten plenty of help from the supporting cast of Eric Gordon and PJ Tucker so far, but that'll have to continue if they want to force Game 7.
Gordon has averaged 22.2 ppg over the series while Tucker produced a double-double in Game 5 with 13 points and 10 rebounds.