Expert Sports Picks: The Houston Rockets clawed their way back into the Western Conference Finals with a 128-115 route at Golden State in game 4 Monday to force game 5. Rockets vs Warriors Game 5 Odds have Golden State -10.5 with 71% of expert sports picks on the Houston to cover. Houston, 65-33 SU, 58-44 ATS, has shown their mettle against Golden State, 78-18 SU, 53-42-1 ATS, but can their banged up squad summon enough juice to stay alive down 3-1 in the series? Our expert sports picks panel broke down the NBA betting odds on this 9 PM ET match-up on ESPN. Rockets vs Warriors Game 5 Odds have Houston as +475 underdogs to win straight up (Bet $100 to win $475) at SPORTSBOOK.ag
ESPN2 News Bottom Line: Rockets forward James Harden had a career night (45 points 9 rebounds 2 blocks) in his last game against Golden State and it appears that the Rockets have uncovered some holes to the Warriors defense. Golden State ranks #1 in defensive efficiency but the Rockets aggressiveness and effective ball movement gave them fits in game 4. Houston will have banged up center Dwight Howard for this one after facing a possible suspension. Rockets vs Warriors Game 5 Odds Total is at 215.5 points at SPORTSBOOK.ag
With Stephen Curry (concussion) shaking off the cobwebs from game 4 and a desperate Howard and Harden attacking the boards, Houston should cover the fat double-digit spread. Howard will be gunning for his 4th straight double-double and has not shown a drop off in production despite playing with torn ligaments in his knee. In what has been the Stephen Curry vs James Harden show ESPN2 News panel will take Harden coming off a career outing.
Expert Sports Picks Play: Houston +10.5 NBA Betting Odds spread