The Western Conference Finals continue out in the city by the bay with the two teams that most expected to be here squaring off in a pivotal contest. The top-seeded Houston Rockets are on the road for Game 4 of their best of seven set with the second-seeded Golden State Warriors Tuesday night. Golden State drew first blood in the series as they pulled away in the second half to earn a 119-106 win Monday night in Game 1. Houston rebounded with a convincing 127-105 shellacking in Game 2 to even the series. Golden State maintained the home-court advantage with an emphatic 126-85 drubbing in Game 3 Sunday to take a 2-1 series lead. The Rockets own a 121-92 edge in regular season wins and took two of three this season, including a 116-108 home win in the last matchup January 20. In the postseason, Golden State has won both previous series and holds a 10-3 edge in head to head playoff wins.
- Rockets are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 vs. NBA Pacific
Golden State [-8.5]
- Warriors are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Conference Finals games
- Warriors are 22-7 ATS in their last 29 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600
Houston was destroyed in Game 3 as they were unable to get anything going offensively. The Rockets led by two with 4:04 to go in the opening quarter but gave up an 11-0 run the rest of the quarter to trail by nine. Houston never got closer than six the rest of the way and the Warriors put the boots to them in the fourth, outscoring the Rockets 38-18. The Warriors showed how dominant they can be when they are playing to potential. Houston should play better here but in the end, Golden State is atop the throne for a reason: look for them to prevail here again.
Pick: Golden State Warriors*
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