The road the the NBA Finals continues tonight as the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets go head-to-head in Game 1 of their NBA Playoffs 2015 Western Conference Finals on Tuesday night (Click here for live NBA playoff betting odds). Tip-off at Oracle Arena is set for 9:00 PM ET on ESPN and you can stream the game live at Watch ESPN.
This series will feature the leagues MVP in Stephen Curry facing off against the MVP runner-up in James Harden and the question of who is the best player in the NBA will be answered.
— Golden St. Warriors (@warriors) May 19, 2015
Houston Rockets Vs Golden State Warriors Western Conference Finals Game 1 Odds, Pick & How To Watch
Matchup: Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors
Date: May. 19 2015
Start Time: 9:00 PM ET
Location: Oakland, CA
Stadium: ORACLE Arena
TV Info: ESPN
Spread: Warriors -10
Game Total: 219
Stream: Watch ESPN
Radio: Houston vs Golden State
Houston Rockets’ Projected Starting Lineup:
- Terrence Jones, PF 6′ 9", 11.6 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.1 APG
- Trevor Ariza, SF 6′ 8", 12.4 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 2.8 APG
- Dwight Howard, C 6′ 11", 17.2 PPG, 13.7 RPG, 1.4 APG
- Jason Terry, SG 6′ 2", 9.6 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 2.0 APG
- James Harden, SG 6′ 5", 26.7 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 8.0 RPG
Golden State Warriors Projected Starting Lineup:
- Draymond Green, SF 6-7, 13.8 PPG, 10.1 RPG
- Harrison Barnes, SF 6-8, 11.1 PPG, 5.2 RPG
- Andrew Bogut, C 7-0, 5.3.2 PPG, 8.2 3PG
- Stephen Curry, PG 6-3, 28.7 PPG, 5.1 RPG
- Klay Thompson, SG 6-7, 20.7 PPG, 4.2 RPG
Golden State not only swept the regular season series against the Houston, but they obliterated the Rockets winning all four games by an average of colossal 15.2 points. It’s safe to say the Warriors covered the spread in all four games this season and the OVER was present in the last two meetings.
Houston is averaging up 111.4 points per game in the playoffs, best of the final four teams remaining, and covered the spread in the last three games of the series against the Los Angeles Clippers, all while facing elimination. The Rockets are led by Harden (26.7 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 8.0 APG) and center Dwight Howard (17.2 PPG, 13.7 RPG, 1.3 APG). The team is shooting 45.3% from the field as a team and 34.3% from the three pointers. Houston allows 111.5 points per game and grabs a best 47.5 rebounds per game.
Rockets lost Games 3 and 4 by a combined 58 points. They won Games 5, 6, and 7 by a combined 46 points to win series.
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"It’s the ultimate confidence-booster," James Harden said after defeating the Los Angeles Clippers for a third game in a row. "There’s only a handful of teams that’s done that. We fought back. We fought three really hard games and came away with it."
Rockets coach Kevin McHale became the only person to come back from a 3-1 series deficit as an NBA player and as a head coach. This will be his first conference finals as a coach.
The Warriors are 8-2 in the playoffs this season, and 5-5 against the spread, but they covered the spread in their last three outings. Golden State is led by MVP Steph Curry (28.2 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 6.8 APG) and shooting guard Klay Thompson (20.7 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 2.8 APG). The team scores 102.2 points per game, which is second best of the four teams remaining, while shooting 46.0% from the field and best 38.5% from the three-point arc. Their defense allows 94.2 points per game, second best only behind the Cleveland Cavaliers. The team grabs 44.5 rebounds per game.
This is head-coach Steve Kerr’s first year on the Warriors bench and his first appearance in a Conference Finals. Golden State has not gotten this far in the playoffs since 1976.
"I think what you see with their team is I think that they really grew up," Memphis coach Dave Joerger said about the Warriors after they beat his team, the Memphis Grizzlies 4-2 in the Western Conference semifinals. "They really grew through the battle of this series and matured to the point where I think that will help them, unfortunately, in the future being able to take the hits that they took and the physicality that I think we are known for."
The Warriors are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a SU win, 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games following an ATS win, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 3 or more days rest, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall, 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games as a home favorite of 5.0-10.5 points, and 19-6-2 ATS in their last 27 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
The Rockets are 35-16 ATS in their last 51 Tuesday games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games as a road underdog of 5.0-10.5 points, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games, 7-2 ATS in their last 9 playoff games as an underdog, 17-8 ATS in their last 25 games playing on 1 day rest, and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a SU win of more than 10 points.
Warriors: 67-15 (first place in Western Conference)
Rockets: 56-26 (second place in Western Conference)
(The Warriors swept season series 4-0 (and won every game by double digits.)
Warriors: Marreese Speights will miss at least Game 1 with a calf injury and could well miss much more of the series.
Rockets: Patrick Beverley had wrist surgery and is out for the postseason. Donatas Motiejunas is out for the playoffs (spinal surgery). K.J. McDaniels has a fractured elbow and will be out for this series.
Offense/Defense Rankings (in first two rounds of playoffs)
Warriors: 107.4 points scored per 100 possessions (2nd in NBA); 98.8 points allowed per 100 possessions (5th in NBA).
Rockets: 105.9 points scored per 100 possessions (6th in NBA); 106.8 points allowed per 100 possessions (12th in NBA).