NBA gambling: Warriors look to dominate Rockets in Western Finals
Having swept the Rockets both straight up and against the spread in their four meetings during the season, the Warriors will be looking for more of the same starting Tuesday night when the Western Conference Finals get underway at Oracle Arena.
And sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com have Golden State listed as 10-point home favorites for Game 1 of the series against Houston on Tuesday night. The updated NBA championship odds at the sportsbooks then have the Warriors as the 4/7 favorites to win the title, with the Rockets rounding out that futures list at 10/1 odds.
The Warriors swept the Pelicans in four games in the first round of the playoffs, although their backers on the NBA betting lines at the sportsbooks saw them go just 1-3 ATS in those contests. As well, the OVER paid out for totals bettors in just one of those four games, with the OVER/UNDER going 1-2-1 at the sportsbooks.
And that trend continued in Golden State's second-round series against the Grizzlies, with the OVER/UNDER going 1-5 as the Warriors grabbed a 4-2 victory in the set. Golden State won Game 1 against Memphis, then lost both Games 2 and 3 before running off three straight victories to punch their ticket to the Western Conference Finals. Golden State was also 4-2 ATS in that series; overall they're 16-4 SU but 9-11 ATS in their last 10 games.
The Rockets needed five games to dispatch the Mavericks in the first round, going 4-1 both SU and ATS in that series with the OVER/UNDER at 3-2 for totals bettors. Houston then faced the Clippers in the second round, earning a hard-fought seven-game win.
Houston closed out its series with Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon with a 113-100 home victory as 2-point underdogs on the NBA betting lines – improving them to just 3-4 ATS in the seven-game set. Sunday's game was also the first UNDER result for totals bettors in that series, with the OVER having paid out in each of the first six games. The Rockets enter the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday at 14-6 SU and 12-8 ATS in their last 20 games.
The Warriors won all four of their games against the Rockets during the regular season, and overall they're 5-0 both SU and ATS in their last five games against Houston according to the OddsShark NBA Database. The OVER/UNDER split at 2-2 in Golden State's games against Houston during the regular season, although the OVER paid off in their last two meetings.
Tipoff for the Rockets vs. Warriors Game 1 matchup on Tuesday night is set for 9:00pm ET, with Game 2 on tap for Thursday night. The series then shifts to Houston for the weekend.