Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets 5/28/18, Prediction & Odds

Kristopher Nichols
May 29, 2018

The Rockets were without starting point guard Chris Paul, who is out with a hamstring injury.

Houston have one more chance to claim the ticket to the NBA Finals after a 29-point deficit blowout defeat to the Warriors. What they don't always need to do though is attack that mismatch off the dribble and expect the player with the ball to score.

Houston was shut down after that, scoring a combined 47 points in the final three quarters (including 25 in the second half and nine in the fourth). "They will eventually test it and see if there's any possibility whatsoever".

Paul, who suffered the injury late in the Rockets' Game 5 victory on Thursday and missed Game 6, received treatment to attempt a return but a comeback was extremely unlikely.

Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni shared the news prior to Monday's contest, per Marc J. Spears of ESPN's The Undefeated. Houston was only down 84-77 entering the final frame, but key players like P.J. Tucker and Harden had to rest.

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The Warriors have a thin wing rotation as they have continued to have an excess of centers. He is an important "glue guy" for Golden State, but Steve Kerr still has Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green at full strength. Except, this time the Rockets did a much better job of turning those misses and turnovers into transition points (the Rockets averaged two points per possession on the break in the first half).

However, if Paul is feeling even just 50 percent, he should play in Game 7 (i.e., if he feels he can play thru the pain and play at least better than a replacement).

Their big three will have to show up if they want to go into Houston and win the conference title for a fourth consecutive season. "We still made mistakes, but we've just got to put a string of 48 minutes together". From there, they rolled over the short-handed Rockets. Meanwhile, the Warriors came out cold on offense.

"There's no pressure. It's an opportunity, though; an opportunity that we all are excited to be a part of", Harden told reporters after Game 6.

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