Pro Basketball Betting – Warriors vs Rockets Game 5

  • Updated: May 27, 2015
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    By Charles Jay

    Pro basketball betting odds Warriors vs Rockets Game 5: the Warriors are the big favorites to advance:

    Golden State Warriors -10
    Houston Rockets +10

    Over 216 points -110
    Under 216 points -110

    What are the things that we can take away from Game 4 of the Western Conference finals that might inform us as to which might be the right way to go when Game 5 tips off at 9 PM ET at the Oracle Arena in Oakland? Well, it was a highly unusual game, as Chinese Bookie customers observed. Not only did Houston come out of the chute quickly and outplay Golden State for virtually the entire game, but these teams went after three-balls with abandon.

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    One number that stands out from Game 4 is 37, and that is the number of triples that were made in the contest. Why is that significant? Because they are the most ever made in a playoff game. Is it healthy for teams to continue to play for the three-pointer? That’s an interesting question, and many people have weighed in on the subject, including Phil Jackson, head of basketball operations for the New York Knicks, who doesn’t believe offenses that revolve around three-point shooting can win NBA titles. But one of them just might, as Golden State had a 67-15 record and is one victory away from a finals appearance.

    The Rockets have an interesting dilemma with Josh Smith, the 6-foot-10 power forward who is truly a multi-dimensional player who can shoot from the outside and block some shots. He made seven out of his eight field-goal attempts on Monday, but he is a substandard free-throw shooter, so he got “hacked” by Golden State players, and with the desired result. Smith went only 3-12 from the charity stripe, and that marks him as a liability, right alongside his boyhood teammate, Dwight Howard, who made just two of his seven free throws. Smith also turned the ball over six times, and that is a lot in only 28 minutes of play.

    Chinese Bookie patrons could not help but marvel at the game played by James Harden, who had gone just 3-16 in Game 3, but came back with a vengeance, scoring 45 points (with 17 in the fourth quarter) and utilizing seven triples to do it. If Houston gets those kinds of numbers the rest of the way, they’ve got a chance.

    Steph Curry, who took a nasty spill that sat him down for twelve minutes of action, nonetheless came back in and made some big shots. He and teammate Klay Thompson both went 6-13 from downtown, but between them, they only attempted 13 two-point shots.

    Houston scored 45 points in the first quarter, and that tied an all time playoff record. And it is rather amazing that they scored 128 points with only FOUR offensive rebounds on the evening, and with only FOUR second-chance points. We can assure you that if THOSE numbers duplicate themselves, the Rockets are on their way to an exit from this series.

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