Houston Rockets vs Golden State Warriors

With the series drawn level the Golden State Warriors look to optimize their home court advantage against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, May 8th at 10:30 PM EST at Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. Broadcast is available on TNT.

How to Watch

What: Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors

Where: Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA

When: Wednesday, May 8th at 10:30 PM EST

How (TV): TNT

Series Standing: 2-2 Tie

Houston Rockets (Away)

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

Season Record: 53-29

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 pulled out one more nail-biter against the Golden State Warriors in a pivotal Game 4 performance at home. The win gives them what is essentially a reset of the series.

The Rockets were brilliant in their last match. Receiving contributions from across the board in what was a gutsy defeat of the Golden State Warriors.

As the series moves back to Golden State, the Rockets look to refocus as they've clawed back to even the series. They will need to keep up their hot shooting in a hostile Oakland arena.

Golden State Warriors (Home)

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%

Overall the Golden State Warriors played well in their last game. While they struggled to shoot from range, the Warriors did their utmost and were just two rim-outs from tying it up with the Rockets.

While the Warriors starters were lights out from the field, they failed to find contributions from their bench. They may not be the center of the Warriors game plan, but more efficiency from their reserves would have brought the score closer by the end.

The past is the past and now the Warriors have the benefit of a brand new series, starting in Oakland. The Warriors will need to regroup and find a way to stop the hot shooting and inside presence of the Rockets.

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.

A win for the Golden State Warriors would put them up 3-2 on the Rockets in the series, with one more game at home should they falter in a Game 6.

A win for the Houston Rockets would give them a pivotal opportunity to close out the series at home in Houston.

Win the Glass, Win the Game

The Houston Rockets are famously a perimeter shooting team. While they don't boast the size to suggest they can win the interior battle, their last match suggests otherwise.

In their 108-112 win over the Golden State Warriors, the Rockets out-rebounded the reigning champions 50-43. Give credit to the likes of Tucker, Capela, and even Harden who were a force on the glass.

It is clear that it is not size but effort, that drives the success of the Houston Rockets. If they can bring the same energy into Game 5, they may just be able to send the reigning champions reeling into unfamiliar territory.

Durant is on an Island

It isn't a beautiful Caribbean vacation island either. Throughout the first four games of this series, Kevin Durant has been the only consistent scorer for the reigning champions.

Durant has been unstoppable, averaging 36 points, 5 rebounds, and 4.5 assists to this point in the series - all on 46% shooting from the field and 48% from the arc. In comparison, the Splash Brothers (Curry and Thompson) are averaging 36.5 points on just 39% from the field and 27% from three.

Kevin Durant is carrying the Golden State Warriors but needs help. The Rockets are a talented team but a group effort from the Warriors can negate much of their struggles. Curry seemed back on form in Game 4, much to the optimism of the Golden State Warriors.

Hustle and Heart

The Houston Rockets objectively have no business being tied up with the Golden State Warriors at this point in the series. A locked-in Kevin Durant with three all-stars at his side should be enough to slow this side.

Cue the Rockets supporting cast. Capela, Gordon, Rivers, and Shumpert are led by the heart and grit of veteran PJ Tucker. While their offensive firepower doesn't match up with the Warriors, their successes in 50/50 battles are winning them the game.

The Rockets mixture of technical quality and blue-collar work ethic has helped them bring the series back level. They'll look to bring that intensity to the biggest game in their season, Game 5.

The Warriors Aren't Fighting Hard Enough

Effort is a difficult thing to gauge. When the Warriors took on the Rockets in Game 4, it came down to two late misses that eventually forced the at least a Game 6. Golden State has more talent than any team, but Draymond Green had much to say about their efforts:

 

 

It is a matter of mindset for the Golden State Warriors. While players are certainly giving their all, there are certain moments in the match where extra effort could've have slimmed the gap by the end of the game.

They should look to the Rockets' PJ Tucker, who impacts the game without ever demanding the ball. If the Warriors can scrap in key moments and come up with the small victories, they can certainly outlast the Rockets.

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.

X-Factors: Eric Gordon (HOU) vs Kevon Looney (GSW)

Eric Gordon

Shooting Guard | 6-4, 215lb (193cm, 97kg) | Indiana | Exp. 10 Years

16.2 PPG | 1.9 APG | 2.2 RPG | 0.6 SPG | 0.4 BPG | 1.3 TOV | .409 FG% | .360 3P%

The lesser seen star of the Houston Rockets, Eric Gordon has been quiet throughout the 2018-2019 NBA campaign. While eyes are on Harden and Paul, his offensive talent is integral to their success.

In their last match, Gordon played 39 minutes and produced 20 points on 6-17 shooting and a disappointing 2-12 from deep.

Volume is the name of the game for the Rockets, but they need more efficiency from Gordon on the road in Game 5. As the Rockets stars will be swarmed by defenders, Gordon will be relied upon to convert.

Kevon Looney

Center | 6-9, 220lb (206cm, 99kg) | UCLA | Exp. 3 Years

6.3 PPG | 1.5 APG | 5.2 RPG | 0.6 SPG | 0.7 BPG | 0.6 TOV | .625 FG% | .100 3P%

Kevon Looney saw the most time off the bench for a Warriors reserve. Due to the quickness of the Rockets, he is the only fit reserve center to play in against their style.

In 22 minutes of play Looney was efficient if not entirely impactful. He totaled 7 points and 3 rebounds on 2-2 shooting and 3-4 from the free-throw line.

His main job on the court is to challenge the ball handler while recovering fast enough to beat the roller. He's done admirably, but his lack of offensive repertoire limits his contributions. The defense will be the indicator of his value.

Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors Betting Lines

The series is even for the first time since it was 0-0. When the Rockets and Warriors face off, they will be battling to push the other into elimination territory. The Warriors have home court, but the Rockets have the rhythm.

If you reside in New Jersey you can place a bet on the Rockets vs Warriors at 888Sport NJ or BetStars NJ right here:

Point Spread

Sportsbook HOU Rockets +6 GS Warriors -6 Link
888Sport NJ -110 -110
BetStars NJ -110 -110

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Total Points

Sportsbook HOU Rockets Over 219.5 GS Warriors Under 219.5 Link
888Sport NJ -113 -108
BetStars NJ -110 -110

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Money Line

Sportsbook HOU Rockets GS Warriors Link
888Sport NJ +215 -265
BetStars NJ +210 -275

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