NBA Western Conference Finals preview, pick: Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors
May 09, 2018 10:27 AM
by Brett Smiley
The 2017-2018 Houston Rockets are not just good – they are positioned favorably in a historical context to advance to and win the NBA Finals. The No. 1-seeded Rockets posted a league-best 65-17 regular season mark and have home court advantage over the No. 2-seeded Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals, which begin on Monday, May 14.
The Rockets also won the regular season series over the Warriors, including a win at Golden State on the opening night of the season. Still, oddsmakers at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook have opened with the Warriors as a -185 betting favorite (implied probability of about 65%) in the Western Conference finals, with the Rockets a +155 underdog (implied probability of about 39%).
On paper, the Rockets-Warriors matchup looks to the be a clash of the titans that NBA fans haven’t been treated to in decades. The opening betting line, offering the Rockets as a plus-money underdog, appears on its face to offer good amount of value for a team that not only won 65 games during the regular season but also has home court advantage in the series. As an added bonus, the Rockets won the regular season series 2-1 over the Warriors, including an epic 122-121 Rockets win on opening night at Golden State with the teams splitting two later games played in Houston.
Jay Kornegay, Vice President of Race & Sports Operations at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook is excited about the action from the Rockets-Warriors matchup and told Sports Handle that the series will “probably produce the biggest handle outside another Cavaliers-Warriors final.” Let’s drill down into this highly anticipated matchup.
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