Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals takes place Monday night at 9:00 p.m. ET. Will the underdog Golden State Warriors knock off the Houston Rockets tonight?
731 Golden State Warriors at 732 Houston Rockets
Monday, May 13, 2018
TV: TNT, 9:00 p.m. ET
Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Rockets are 1.5-point home favorites to beat the Warriors. Houston opened as a 2-point home favorite but the line dropped a half-point at most sports books. The total, meanwhile, sits at 224 points, down from 225.
As of this writing, 54% of betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Warriors to cover the point spread.
McCaw the only player listed on Warriors’ Game 1 injury report
Patrick McCaw (bruised back) is the only player on the injury report for Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Monday. The Warriors and Rockets are both in good health for what should be a terrific series featuring the two most efficient offenses in the league.
Stephen Curry has played well in four games since returning from a sprained MCL, Chris Paul’s late-season hamstring and hip injuries didn’t limit him vs. Minnesota and Utah, and both teams have had five days to rest since closing out their Conference semi-finals matchups.
Rockets’ Curry expects team to run pick-and-roll every play
Stephen Curry said he expects the Rockets to run pick-and-roll on “every single play.” Even transition, Steph? Kidding aside, the Rockets are atop the rankings for PNR ball handler field goal attempts in the playoffs by a wide margin, and they’ll be running a ridiculous amount of PNR with Clint Capela setting high ball screens for James Harden and Chris Paul to set up the O. Additionally, Curry said he was looking forward to the Rockets trying to switch him on CP3 and Harden. Is it Monday yet?
The Warriors are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games in Houston and are 11-5 in their last 16 games versus the Rockets overall.
The under is 5-1 in the last six meetings between these two teams in Houston and is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings overall.
Any chance I get to back the Warriors as an underdog I’m going to jump. The Warriors are 6-1 against the spread in their last seven Conference Finals games. The Rockets, meanwhile, are just 2-6 against the number in their last eight home games versus an opponent with a road winning percentage of greater than .600.
Our Prediction: Golden State Warriors +1.5