Today’s NBA Playoff Prediction: Warriors at Rockets – Basketball Pick for 5/4/19

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The Warriors picked up the win at home in a hard fought Game 2 on Tuesday night to protect their home floor and take a 2-0 series lead. Golden State has talked about a sense of determination for Game 3 as they don’t want the Rockets to get back in the series. The Warriors was up nine after the opening quarter and held that edge at the half. Golden State didn’t let the Rockets closer than three the rest of the way. The Warriors shot 46.2 percent from the field, including 11 of 36 from three-point range, and forced 17 Houston turnovers in the contest. Kevin Durant led Golden State with 29 points in the victory.

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The Rockets was unable to pick up the win in Game 2 of the series as they were upended on the road. Houston now return home looking for a win to get back in the series and avoid a 3-0 series hole. The Rockets trailed by nine after the opening quarter and remained down nine at the half. Houston trailed by as many as 15 in the third quarter before cutting the deficit to seven after three quarters. The Rockets got within three at 93-90 with 6:44 to play but couldn’t get any closer than that. Houston shot 46.8 percent from the field, including 17 of 40 from three-point range, and was edged 45-41 on the glass. James Harden led The Rockets with 29 points in the victory.

This is Houston’s season. They’ve had all week to think over their past performances at Oracle. Houston should come out more aggressively and attack the basket more with Clint Capela.

Pick *HOUSTON -3.5

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