Thu, May 24, 9:10am by Staff Writer
The Houston Rockets have stunned Golden State with a 95-92 win in game four of their best-of-seven Western Conference Finals series.
Houston have tied the series at 2-all after their come-from-behind win thanks to 30 points from James Harden and 27 points from Chris Paul.
The Rockets remain underdogs to win the Western Conference at $2.63, with the Warriors $1.45 favourites at Sportsbet.
This was Houston’s first post-season win in Oakland in eight attempts and the first time in 16 home playoff games that the Warriors were beaten at home.
Houston’s win has meant that they have wrestled back home court advantage from the Warriors, with Golden State needing to win at least another game in Houston to clinch the series.
The Rockets led by seven points at half-time but surrendered their advantage meekly in the third quarter, as Steph Curry got on a roll.
Game four was a strange match, where each team had dominance in two quarters, with the Warriors ascendency in the first and third quarters and the Rockets controlling the second and fourth quarters.
Kevin Durant and Steph Curry once again led the way for the Warriors with 27 and 28 points respectively.
Andre Iguodala missed game four with a knee contusion with Kevon Looney replacing the former NBA Finals MVP.
An uncharacteristically poor fourth quarter from the Warriors, where they managed only 12 points enabled Houston to climb back from a 12-point deficit in the final period.
The series total games market is split between the series ending in six or seven games, with both paying $1.83 at Sportsbet.
The Warriors are still receiving all of the support in the series correct score market, with the Warriors to win 4-2 the most popular option at $2.34.
The Rockets to claim victory in a seven game series is paying $3.60.
Game five of this series takes place in Houston on Friday, with the Rockets $1.88 favourites and the Warriors $1.96 outsiders.
The Rockets victory has seen their price to win the NBA Championship shorten from $7 to $2.90.
The Warriors were as short as $1.30 on Tuesday, but are now out to $1.72 to win their third title in four years.
Game five of the Eastern Conference finals takes place on Thursday with the Cavaliers narrow $1.87 favourites to beat the Celtics who are paying $1.97.
That series is also tied at 2-all, with the Cavs now the favourites to take out the Eastern Conference at $1.57. Boston are paying $2.40, despite holding home court and having not lost a playoff game at home this season.
Sportsbet NBA Markets
Golden State $1.50 Houston $2.63
Series Total Games
6 games $1.83
7 games $1.83
Series Correct Score
Golden State 4-2 $2.34
Golden State 4-3 $3.60
Houston 4-2 $7.50
Houston 4-3 $3.60
Golden State $1.96 Houston $1.88
Eastern Conference Game 5
Cleveland $1.87 Boston $1.97
Golden State $1.72
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