NBA Playoff Betting — Game 7: Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets
Well, there are injury uncertainties in both camps as we approach Game 7 of the Western Conference finals between the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors. But this much is for sure – the winner moves on to face the Cleveland Cavaliers for all the marbles. This deciding game will get underway at 9:05 PM ET at the Toyota Center in Houston, and if you are a BetAnySports customer, you can place wagers even after the opening tip, as you take advantage of what Like Betting Ultra has to offer.
Chris Paul, who Houston acquired as a way of adding another superstar element of their lineup alongside James Harden, had made his presence felt very strongly against the Warriors, scoring more second half points than anyone on the team, but he had to be removed in the waning moments of Game 5 with a hamstring injury, and even though the Rockets won that game, they were blasted in Game 6 without him. Things looked promising to begin, as the Rockets got off to a 39-22 lead at the end of the first quarter, but after that it was all Golden State, and they held the Rockets to just 25 points in the second half. So it is indeed gratuitous that Houston, the #1 seed in the conference, gets to host Game 7.
The injury development for the Warriors involves Andre Iguodala, the former NBA Finals MVP, who suffered a bone bruise in his leg and has missed the last three games. He is naturally an important element to the defense, and he also helps to fuel the smaller lineup Steve Kerr uses, which is sometimes referred to as the “Death” lineup or the “Hamptons 5.” Both Paul and Iguodala are questionable as we approach game time. Presumably Steve Kerr and Mike D’Antoni will make the decision not long before tip-off.
In the NBA playoff odds that have been posted on this game by the folks at BetAnySports, the Warriors are the road favorites:
Golden State Warriors -6.5
Houston Rockets +6.5
Over 208 points -110
Under 208 points -110
Kevin Durant has been undergoing some criticism lately, and the truth is, he is in a bit of a shooting slump, making just 23 of his 63 shots (36.5%) over the last three games. The problem, to a certain extent, is that Durant has been forcing a lot of one-on-one situations, but the fact of the matter is that there aren’t any Houston players who can really contain him for very long. And he is wearing Trevor Ariza out to the point where the Rockets’ forward’s numbers are down – just ten points and three rebounds a game for the series.
Without Paul, the Rockets committed 21 turnovers, so they have to have a reliable ball-handling option. Eric Gordon, who more or less started in Paul’s place, turned the ball over five times, and Harden, who had nine assists, also had nine turnovers.
The Rockets hit 15 three-pointers the other night, and in keeping with their regular program, they took about half their shots from beyond the arc. They hit plenty early, but not late. And what they must do is improve upon their overall percentage of 34.3% for the series.
Does Golden State have too many guns? Probably. And you can’t discount the effect of that devastating loss the other night, when Houston seemed to be on the winning track and was basically sent to its room. The pace has been much in Houston’s favor, as far as their preference in setting up isolation plays and three-pointers in the half-court. But we’ll expect Golden State’s experience and matchup edges to take over.
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