Golden State Warriors vs Houston Rockets

The Golden State Warriors take on the Houston Rockets after some late concern to star man Kevin Durant in Game 5. Game 6 is on Friday, May 10th at 9:00 PM EST at Toyota Center in Houston, TX. Broadcast is available on ESPN.

How to Watch

What: Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets

Where: Toyota Center in Houston, TX

When: Friday, May 10th at 9:00 PM EST

How (TV): ESPN

Series Standing: 3-2 GSW

Golden State Warriors (Away)

Head Coach: Steve Kerr {All-Time 322-88 | GSW}

Season Record: 57-25, 1st in the West

Projected Starting Five: (G) Stephen Curry - (G) Klay Thompson - (F) Kevin Durant - (F) Draymond Green - (F) Andre Iguodala

Top Performers:

  • G Stephen Curry - 31.3 MPG | 25.0 PPG | 7.8 RPG | 5.3 APG
  • F Kevin Durant - 33.5 MPG | 28.8 PPG | 5.0 RPG | 5.3 APG
  • G Klay Thompson - 35.3 MPG | 18.3 PPG | 1.3 BPG | .476 3P%

The Golden State Warriors overcame some late-game dramatics to take away a win over the Houston Rockets in Game 5. Overall they were dominant at times, but a late injury to Kevin Durant was concerning.

The Warriors were dominant offensively, shooting an impressive 46% from the field and a modest 35% from three during the game.

It was a late game takeover by Stephen Curry that spurred the Warriors to victory. With the health of Kevin Durant in doubt, they will need a team effort to take down the Houston Rockets.

Houston Rockets (Home)

Head Coach: Mike D'Antoni {All-Time 628-499 | PHX, NYK, LAL, HOU}

Season Record: 53-29, 4th in the West

Projected Starting Five: (G) Chris Paul - (G) James Harden - (G) Eric Gordon - (F) P.J. Tucker - (C) Clint Capela

Top Performers:

  • G James Harden - 36.1 PPG | 7.5 APG | .368 3P%
  • C Clint Capela - 16.6 PPG | 12.7 RPG | 1.5 BPG
  • G Chris Paul - 15.6 PPG | 8.2 APG | 2.0 SPG

The Houston Rockets played their hearts out in Game 5 against the Golden State Warriors but just came up short due to heroics by Stephen Curry. Their backs are against the wall, going into this crucial Game 6.

The Rockets struggled from three in Game 5, which they will have to rectify if they hope to pull off a win in Game 6.

Houston has the benefit of home-court advantage in an elimination game. Their offense failed to keep up in their previous match, so the added benefit of familiar sight lines surely works in their favor.

What's At Stake?

The rivalry between the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors runs deep. In 190 regular season games, the Rockets lead the Warriors 112-78.

In terms of playoff series though, the Warriors hold the edge. They've met in three playoff series since 2015, which the Warriors have won 3-0.

The Golden State Warriors have the opportunity to close out the series and book a ticket to the Western Conference Finals.

The Houston Rockets look to stay alive by forcing a Game 7 with a win at the Toyota Center.

Strength In Numbers

Is the motto for the Golden State Warriors. It's certainly easier to proclaim when your numbers boast five All-Star talents, but their contributions are stellar regardless. With Durant out late in the last game, the Warriors stepped up together.

When Durant went out of the game after only 32 minutes of play, the Warriors relied upon their talisman pieces. It was a throwback Warriors win, as Curry, Thompson, and Green finished the game with a net positive +/- rating.

Durant's future is in doubt, so the Warriors need an MVP-esque performance from Steph Curry. He's failed to find much efficiency in this series, but his recent late-game heroics may spur him on to success.

James Harden is on an Island

James Harden is receiving a lot of blame for the Rockets' Game 5 loss to the Golden State Warriors. At this point, every match is a must-win game. However, the play of Harden may be critiqued too harshly.

While Harden only scored 5 fourth-quarter points in Game 5, the Rockets should look closer at the lack of production from the likes of Chris Paul and Clint Capela. The two shot a combined 6-24 in Game 5.

The two are contributing well in other areas - defending, distributing, and rebounding - but are missing the key factor, scoring the ball. Without an outlet, Harden is left on his own. For the Rockets to succeed, Capela and Paul need to provide more.

Role Players Stood Out

Most of the headlines will go to the stars of the Golden State Warriors side from Game 5. While Curry, Thompson, and Green dominate the talk, Andre Iguodala and Kevon Looney's contributions are what pushed the team on to win.

Neither player is the chief offensive force for the Golden State Warriors. However, Looney and Iguodala are key in maintaining the defensive schemes of their side when their stars rest.

It was also an incredible clutch play that gained these two so much praise. Looney posted the best defensive rating on the match while Iguodala did a great job scrambling on the defensive side. In a closeout game, a similar effort is needed to take the series on Houston's home court.

Houston's Job May Have Gotten Easier

Nobody wanted Kevin Durant to get injured, but the benefit of the matter is that the Rockets no longer have to face their most difficult obstacle. While the two-time NBA Finals MVP is unlikely to play, the Warriors still have a difficult team to match up with.

The Rockets are still getting solid contributions from the likes of Tucker, Harden, and Gordon. However, their inability to get consistent performances from their reserves as well as Paul and Capela are hurting their chances.

With one less star to contend with, the Rockets the odds for the Rockets have grown. It's naive to think it ensures their victory, but home court advantage on top of Durant's injury gives them marginally more room for error.

Houston Rockets Roster Notes

The Houston Rockets have no roster changes of note.

Golden State Warriors Roster Notes

C DeMarcus Cousins - 17 Apr 2019 - Out (Torn Right Quad) - Cousins reportedly has a six-week timetable for return but may still sit out the remainder of the postseason.

C Damian Jones - 8 Mar 2019 - Out (Torn Left Pectoral) - Head coach Steve Kerr said it's doubtful that Jones returns during the playoffs, according to a report from Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

F Kevin Durant - 8 May 2019 - Doubtful (Calf) - Kevin Durant is doubtful to play in Game 6 and will, at worst, return should the Warriors reach the Conference Finals.

X-Factors: Draymond Green (GSW) vs Austin Rivers (HOU)

Draymond Green was brilliant in his last match against the Rockets. He led the Warriors with his intangibles, despite a key loss to his team. Austin Rivers on the other side is aiming to bounce back from an awful Game 5 performance.

Draymond Green

Power Forward | 6-7, 230lb (201cm, 104kg) | Michigan State | Exp. 6 Years

7.4 PPG | 6.9 APG | 7.3 RPG | 1.4 SPG | 1.1 BPG | 2.6 TOV | .445 FG% | .285 3P%

Green had the highest plus/minus of any player in Game 5. He was the engine that drove the Warriors to their success early on and his defense is what kept them together late in the game.

Green had 8 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists, and fouled out after 40 minutes of play. He was all over the court, causing problems defensively and creating opportunities on offense.

With the possibility of Kevin Durant sitting out, his playmaking will be needed more than ever. They no longer have a deadly isolation option, so Green will need to dust off his point-forward skills and push this team to victory.

Austin Rivers

Shooting Guard | 6-4, 200lb (193cm, 90kg) | Duke | Exp. 6 Years

8.1 PPG | 2.2 APG | 2.1 RPG | 0.6 SPG | 0.3 BPG | 0.9 TOV | .406 FG% | .318 3P%

Austin Rivers was consistently performing as the first player off the bench for the Houston Rockets. While he's been averaging almost 11 points per game off the bench in this series, he struggled in his last match.

In Game 5 against the Warriors, Rivers struggled to make an impact. He scored only 2 points on the game and shot 1-6 from the field to a net -20 on the match.

Rivers' contributions off the bench are what keep the Rockets afloat in a game. Should he feature prominently in Game 6, Rivers need to be more productive for Houston.

Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets Predictions and Odds

If you are in New Jersey you can bet on the NBA playoff game 6 between the Warriors and the Rockets, here with 888Sport and BetStars NJ:

Point Spread

Sportsbook GS Warriors+7.5 HOU Rockets -7.5 Link
888Sport NJ -113 -108
BetStars NJ -110 -110

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Total Points

Sportsbook  Over 213 Under 213 Link
888Sport NJ -113 -108
BetStars NJ -110 -110

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Money Line

Sportsbook GS Warriors HOU Rockets Link
888Sport NJ +265 -335
BetStars NJ +250 -333

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