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SportRockets vs. Warriors: Predictions, picks for Western Conference semifinal series

07:50  27 april  2019
07:50  27 april  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Rockets vs. Warriors: The backstory

It’s easy to forget, once you’re in the glow of the back-to-back championships won by the Warriors in the last two seasons, that they very nearly did not get to the NBA Finals last year. Their performance in the first round against the Clippers was a stark reminder of that.

Houston had the Warriors down, 3-2, a year ago in the first five games of the conference finals. Then Chris Paul got injured, and the Rockets lost all hope of completing the upset against Golden State.

Houston scored just 89 points per game in the last two games of the conference finals last season. The swarming, locked-in Warriors defense was the key, and it should be an issue all over again for the Rockets. But the Warriors will need to have that locked-in attitude, which is a question mark.

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Golden State enters this series shrouded in uncertainty. This team has the most talent of anyone in the NBA. As Warriors forward Draymond Green suggested near the end of the season, the only team that can beat the Warriors is themselves, but Golden State nearly did so against a tough Clippers team.

Houston, meanwhile, looks especially strong heading into the conference semis. Star player James Harden has had his struggles, but one of the underrated stories of this season has been the remaking of the Rockets’ role players, especially the bench of Austin Rivers, Danuel House and Kenneth Faried.

The Warriors look like a tired team. The Rockets look hungry. Whether that hunger can overcome the Warriors’ talent advantage is the question for this series.

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Their Western Conference semifinals series is a rematch of last year’s seven-game conference finals matchup. By regular season’s end, the Rockets reestablished themselves as the West ’s best threat to the Warriors , and their first-round series with a dangerous Jazz quintet proved no different.

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Rockets vs. Warriors: The key player

We could get cute and tell you the key player is Kevon Looney or whomever has to match up with Clint Capela in pick-and-rolls, but let’s be straight — this series is about Kevin Durant. There is a feeling among those with the Warriors that Durant, a free agent this summer, is already halfway out the door, but the Warriors need him to be himself in order to earn their third straight title.

Durant averaged 26.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists this season, but posted 30.4 points in the playoffs last season against Houston. The Rockets will send a wide range of defenders at Durant, but there’s no one who matches up well with him. He should lead the way past the Rockets.

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Rockets vs. Warriors: The big number

14.3. That was the average number of turnovers the Warriors committed during the season, an ongoing problem for a team that seemed bored throughout the season’s first 82 games. Golden State ranked 21st in total turnovers per game, and if there was one thing that annoyed Warriors coaches ahead of any other, it was the carelessness with the ball.

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The short-handed Golden State Warriors will attempt to close out the Western Conference semifinals Friday night when they travel to meet the Houston Rockets . The Warriors hold a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series after they managed a Before you make any Warriors vs . Rockets picks

Through the first five games of the playoffs, the Warriors did not improve on that number, committing 15.2 turnovers per game. They could get away with that against the Clippers, but they will have to tighten up against the Rockets.

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Rockets vs. Warriors: Xs and Os

It’s hard to imagine the Warriors buying into the gimmick defense the Jazz played against Harden, lining up a defender behind Harden to take away his stepback shot and bother his 3-point attempts. But it worked well for Utah.

Harden had a game-high 26 points in Game 5 but was 10-for-26 from the field and 3-for-12 from the 3-point line. In his previous two games, the MVP candidate totaled 52 points but was 11-for-39 from the field to get those points.

That’s the kind of inefficiency the Warriors will hope to force from Harden in this series. They had plenty of success last year, allowing Harden to be a volume scorer (28.5 points per game) while he shot just 41.5 percent from the field and 24.4 percent from the 3-point line.

Playing a bit behind Harden has seemed to have some net positive effects — Harden was not himself, especially when he started 0-for-15 in Game 3, a Rockets win. It’s doubtful that Steve Kerr will turn to that defense to open this series, but he’ll surely keep the option open as the series goes on.

Rockets vs. Warriors: The prediction

The Warriors are beatable, but they’re also the best team in the NBA. In the end, it will be the talent that drags Golden State through their only real challenge out West.

Warriors over Rockets, 4-2

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