Sunday, 20 May, 2018

Warriors Open as Series Favorites over Rockets

NBA playoff MVPs – Ranking LeBron, Harden, Durant and more stars Chris Paul, with Rockets, reaches conference finals at last
Betsy Taylor | 10 May, 2018, 14:24

Paul's final stat line reads like a Curry game for the ages: 13-of-22 shooting, 8-of-10 3-point shooting, 7-of-8 foul shooting, seven rebounds, 10 assists, no turnovers and plus-20 in point differential.

Morey then swung a trade for future Hall-of-Famer Chris Paul, added versatile veteran defenders P.J. Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute, and watched center Clint Capela continue to swiftly develop into the kind of long, lean, switchable defending machine that seems built to go up against the Warriors' offensive attack. Recently, Mitchell revealed that he intends to take his game to the next level by watching all 97 games from the season prior to the September workout.

His Rockets' next challenge is the Golden State Warriors.

This is a huge indication that the gambling world attributes the Rockets superior regular season record to Warriors injuries.

The Rockets finished 7 games ahead of the Warriors in the Western Conference, but it turns out Vegas isn't all that impressed by that. You know, this is a great opportunity for us. "I don't know what it's supposed to feel like, but we've still got a lot of work to do". Despite going into halftime facing just a three-point deficit, the Warriors would pull away - outscoring New Orleans 36-19 in the frame.

Golden State has won two of the last three National Basketball Association titles, while the Rockets haven't been to the Conference finals since 2015.

According to SportsLine data scientist Stephen Oh, the Warriors have a 62.2 percent chance of winning the series.


"They got us. We got them", Green said. Cleveland has advanced to the Eastern Conference finals and is awaiting the victor of the conference semifinals series between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers, with Boston up 3-1 going into Wednesday night's Game 5 at TD Garden.

Taking down the defending champions is a daunting task.

Few NBA teams have ever experienced as dramatic an in-season turnaround as Utah.

The Westgate opened the over/under on Game 1 at 225.5.

On one side, you have three Warriors All-Stars who are now four years into this dominating run with Curry, Thompson and Green. "It took us a while to figure out things". "We're not about to run off talking about how bad we want to play somebody", Green said, via ESPN. "You see when you let the dog off the leash what happens". It don't matter to us who we play. "We got a little exhausted and a little rattled and we didn't finish the game the way we wanted to".

These two teams were the frontrunners in the Western Conference going back to the beginning of the season.

It's all we've been asking for.

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