The Golden State Warriors captured one of the first two games of the Western Conference Finals on the road, and now return home to host the Houston Rockets in Game 4 on Tuesday night in Oracle Arena (8 p.m. TNT). The Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets collide in a pivotal Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals at the Oracle Arena on Tuesday.
A lot of people expected the Golden State Warriors to win Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets. You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who expected that they’d win by 41 points. It was an absolute blowout, as the Warriors took control with one of their patented third-quarter runs.
Stephen Curry broke out of his slump, scoring 18 of his 35 points in the third quarter alone. Kevin Durant added 25 points, six rebounds and six assists, as the Warriors won 126-85.
No. 1 Houston Rockets vs. No. 2 Golden State Warriors
How to watch Game 4
- Date: Tuesday, May 22
- Time: 9 p.m. ET
- Location: Oracle Arena in Oakland, California
- Live stream: Online
The Houston Rockets will be heading back to the drawing board after getting routed by the Warriors in a 126-85 loss in Game 3 last night. James Harden led the team with just 20 points and nine assists, Chris Paul and Clint Capela each scored 13 points while Eric Gordon chipped in with 11 points off the bench but no other players finished in double figures. As a team, the Rockets shot just 39 percent from the field and 11 of 34 from the three-point line as they went away from the winning formula we saw in Game 2. The Rockets committed 20 turnovers which led to 28 points for the Warriors and they reverted back to their isolation offense which didn’t work at all. PJ Tucker and Trevor Ariza scored six points each after combining for 41 points in Game 2 while Gordon shot just four of 13 after pouring in 27 points.
Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors are back on top of the world after pulling off one of their best playoff performances in frachise history. Stephen Curry struggled with his shot in Game 2 but shimmied off those struggles with five three-pointers on his way to a game-high 35 points last night. Kevin Durant added 25 points with six assists, Klay Thompson scored 13 points while Draymond Green racked up 10 points with 17 rebounds and six assists. As a team, the Warriors shot a healthy 52 percent from the field and 13 of 32 from the three-point line, but this win was really about the third quarter where Curry scored 18 of his 35 points to fuel the Warriors’ second half run. On the defensive end, the Warriors kept everyone in check, especially against Paul and Harden who were held to a combined three of 14 shooting in the first half before they blew the game out with a 10-run to start the third quarter.
Looking at the betting trends, the Rockets are 5-1 ATS in their last six games playing on one days rest, 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss of more than 10 points and 13-6 ATS in their last 19 road games against a team with a winning home record. Meanwhile, the Warriors are 5-1 ATS in their last six Conference Finals games, 6-20-1 ATS in their last 27 games following a win of more than 10 points and 22-7 ATS in their last 29 home games against a team with a road record above .600.
Head to head, the under is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings, the Rockets are 6-13 ATS in the last 19 meetings overall and 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings in Golden State.
Playoff series schedule
- Game 1 in Houston: Warriors 119, Rockets 106 |
- Game 2 in Houston: Rockets 127, Warriors 105 |
- Game 3 in Oakland: Warriors 126, Rockets 85
- Game 4 in Oakland: Tuesday, May 22, 9 p.m. ET (TNT)
- Game 5 in Houston: Thursday, May 24, 9 p.m. ET (TNT)
- Game 6* in Oakland: Saturday, May 26, 9 p.m. ET (TNT)
- Game 7* in Houston: Monday, May 28, 9 p.m. ET (TNT)