Things didn’t look so great for the Golden State Warriors after dropping Games 3 and 4, but, so far, they look pretty good in Game 5.
The Warriors took a 57-43 halftime lead over the Houston Rockets, backed by Kevin Durant’s game-leading 20 points and a 17-0 scoring run late in the second quarter.
Draymond Green put up eight assists in the first quarter alone before ending the half with nine overall — two more assists than the Rockets had as an entire unit during the first half.
The Warriors will look to carry over their momentum as they look to take a 3-2 series lead over their conference rivals.
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How to watch Rockets vs. Warriors Game 5
- Date: Wednesday, May 8
- Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Oracle Arena — Oakland, California
- TV channel: TNT
- Live stats: GameTracker
- Online streaming: fuboTV (try it for free)
- Odds: Warriors -6 (Over/Under 220.5)
Odds and Analysis
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Game 5 storylines
Rockets: Harden has been playing out of his mind throughout the series. The All-Star guard is averaging 35.8 points and shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc in the four games so far. The Warriors have had no answer for Harden, whether he’s camping out on the perimeter or driving to the rim. With Harden scoring at least 38 points in both of Houston’s victories, that trend certainly could continue and give the Rockets a chance to steal a game on the road.
Warriors: Golden State looked to have a firm grasp on the series before it shifted to Houston. However, Harden absolutely torched the Warriors in wins during Games 3 and 4. Even in defeat,Kevin Duranthas still been playing at an extremely high level during the series, as he’s averaging 36.0 points and shooting 44.2 percent from beyond the arc. Durant will look to continue to show off his sensational shooting stroke and the Warriors will need his offensive output if they want to pull out a win at home.
Game 5 prediction, pick
The Rockets looked dead in the water after the first two games of the series, but have all the momentum heading into Game 5. However, the Warriors have a track record of playing extremely well at Oracle Arena, so they’ll come away with a victory. Take the Rockets to cover, though, in a close one.