After making a break in game 1 in Houston, the defending champions and second-seeded Golden State Warriors (58-24), are visiting once again the team that held the best record both in the West and in the whole NBA, the Rockets (65-17), who are looking to bounce back tonight and avoid a disastrous second home defeat. Golden State Warriors vs Houston Rockets Game 2 Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 05-16-2018, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Houston Rockets -1.5
Houston finished the regular season with a 65-17 record (41-40-1 against the spread). They were placed in the first place of the West and the whole NBA and in their last game they saw a three-game winning streak end. They are led in scoring by James Harden with 29.6 ppg. He also adds 4.9 rebounds and a team high 7.4 assists per game, while Chris Paul adds 21.9 ppg and 6.1 assists per game. Clint Capela follows with 14.2 ppg and a team high 11.6 rebounds per game.
Golden State finished the regular season with a 58-24 record (34-47-1 against the spread). They were placed second in the West and they have won six of their last seven matches. They are led in scoring by Kevin Durant with 28.8 ppg. He also adds 7.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game, while Steph Curry adds 23.2 ppg, 5.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. Klay Thompson adds 21.8 ppg.
In Game 1 on Monday, the Warriors led once again by Kevin Durant (37 points), utilized a strong second half offensive effort and outscored the Rockets 63-50 in the span in order to get away with a 119-106 road victory that gives them the 1-0 lead in the series.
Both teams are tied 2-2 wins so far this season and Warriors lead 2-1 in Houston. Rockets have a 39-9 home record so far this season, while Warriors are 32-14 on the road. Warriors have the best offense in the playoffs, scoring 111.1 ppg to Rockets’ third-best of 109.2, while Rockets have the third-best defense, allowing 101.8 ppg to Warriors’ 102.
The Warriors have a better field goal percentage (47.4% to 44.7%), while Rockets have a better 3-point percentage (35.3% to 33.5%). Warriors are better both in rebounding (47.4 to 43.6) and in assists made (28.4 to 20.6), while Rockets are better in turnovers committed (10.3 to 13). Rockets are simply too good this season to lose a second straight home game and Vegas odds give them a -1.5 which they are expected to beat for the home win.
Golden State Warriors vs Houston Rockets Game 2 Prediction: Houston Rockets -1.5 (-111)
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Golden State Warriors vs Houston Rockets Game 2 Spread and Prediction