The Rockets return home after a terrible missed opportunity in game 5, losing by 5 points to fall behind 3-2. This wasted a solid night at the office from James Harden, who was an efficient 10/16 from the field en route to 31 points and 8 assists. PJ Tucker also played a monstrous 45 minutes, notching an impressive double-double in the process. Houston will need more than dirty play from Chris Paul going forward, who went a costly 3/14 from the field.
Golden State Warriors
In a game that could’ve marked the end of the dynasty, Golden State fought hard to earn a well-deserved win. The story of this game was definitely the KD injury, who is out for game 6 with a calf strain. Steph Curry will absolutely need to step up in his absence, shooting just 9/23 from the field and 3/11 from 3. Fortunately for the Warriors, Klay Thompson had a resurgent game 5, going for 27 points in his 45 minutes. Draymond Green has also been impressive throughout the series, falling just 2 points shy of a triple-double in game 5.
Prediction: Rockets -6.5
Golden State’s incredibly thin rotation is getting thinner by the minute. While Cousins and Durant are definitely out for this one, ailments to Curry, Thompson, and Iguodala become increasingly crucial. The Warriors bench struggled mightily in games 3 and 4 and I can’t see too much changing here. Contrast that with a Houston side that finally has their chance to beat the team that has eliminated them 3 of the last 4 years. I expect a potential game 7 to be close, but Houston should have too much here without KD.
The series has trended to the under so far and I can definitely see that continuing here. I expect both sides to trot out very thin rotations in game 6, meaning we should see a slower pace. Injuries to Golden State should mean their offence is also much easier to contain, unless we see something extra special from Steph. Combine both of these factors with a relatively tight whistle and I’m confident in the under getting up in this clash.