Thu, May 10, 11:21am by Staff Writer
The 2017-18 Western Conference match up that many predicted at the start of the season has eventuated, with the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors set to meet.
The Rockets (65-17) had the best regular season record of any team in the NBA. During the off-season, they added point guard Chris Paul to their lineup and he has complimented James Harden enormously.
The Golden State Warriors did not have the smoothest regular season, particularly during March and April.
They went 5-5 in their last ten regular season games and were without Steph Curry until game two of their playoff series with New Orleans.
Despite this, the Warriors have remained a force in the playoffs, with the teams crisp ball movement once again a trademark of their play.
Golden State are $1.45 favourites to take out the Western Conference, despite not having home court. The Rockets are $2.40 outsiders and will have the first two games of the series at the Toyota Center in Houston.
The Rockets won the regular season head-to-head series between these teams 2-1. Houston snatched a one-point win on opening night in Oakland, before Golden State got a win against the Rockets in early January in Houston.
Their most recent match was a 116-108 win to the Rockets in late January in Houston. Kevin Durant led the scoring for the Warriors with 26 points, while Chris Paul had 33 points for Houston.
It is hard to deny the experience of the Warriors in this situation compared to the Rockets.
This is Chris Paul’s first conference finals appearance in over 80 playoff games and James Harden is also relatively inexperienced at the pointy end of playoffs.
Golden State won’t have home court advantage in this match-up but that could all turn with a win on the road in game one or game two, something they will be desperate to achieve.
Steph Curry looks to be back to full fitness, which is a scary proposition for the Rockets. Andre Iguodala will most likely have the duty of guarding Rockets superstar James Harden, while P.J. Tucker is going to get the assignment on the Warriors Kevin Durant.
In the correct score market for this series, the Warriors to win 4-2 is the shortest priced at $3.78, with Houston winning 4-3 the next best at $5.30.
A 4-0 sweep by the Warriors, as unlikely as it is, is paying $8.30 at Sportsbet, while a Rockets 4-0 sweep is paying a huge $23.
The series is tipped to go six games, with that number paying $2.75 in the total games market. A seven game series is next best at $3.
Game one of this series takes place in Houston on Tuesday morning. The Rockets are $1.77 home favourites with the Warriors $2.10 underdogs. The handicap favours Houston by two points.
Best bet- Golden State Warriors series correct score 4-3 at $6.10
NBA Western Conference Finals Odds – Sportsbet
Golden State $1.45 v Houston $2.40
Series Total Games
4 games $6.50
5 games $3.60
6 games $2.75
7 games $3
Series Correct Score
Golden State 4-0 $8.30
Golden State 4-1 $5.80
Golden State 4-2 $3.78
Golden State 4-3 $6.10
Houston 4-0 $23
Houston 4-1 $8.40
Houston 4-2 $9.10
Houston 4-3 $5.30
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