Warriors vs. Rockets Game 3 Odds and Picks for 2019 NBA Playoffs

Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors Conference Finals Odds, picks and analysis

Sportsbook for US players sites favor the Houston Rockets by 3.5 points over the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of their series. The Remarkable Rockets lost Game 2 in Oakland 109-115 to the Dubs on Tuesday. According to the best online sportsbooks, Houston was a five-point road dog for that one. The loss means the Rockets are down 0-2 in Western Conference semifinals, which left James ‘Ragin’’ Harden seeing red. Literally. “Harden dealt with bleeding in both eyes, including a lacerated left eyelid, following an accidental poke from the Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green on Tuesday night,” the USA Today says. Yeah. Just like Yolanda Saldívar “accidentally” shot Selena.

So Green has abandoned the ol’ punt to the nads and in favor of the eye-gouging technique. I’m going to have to start calling him The Sandman. If I were James, I would ask Frank Dux for advice. After all, Dux did win the Kumite tournament even after Chong Li blinded him with a crushed salt pill. Then again, the events of Bloodsport only happened in his feverish mind. Well, Harden can always study old Three Stooges tapes. There was this hand movement Curly did to avoid Moe’s eye poke. It’s tricky, but Harden can pull it out.

Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets Game 3 Odds:

  • Date: Saturday May 4, 2019
  • Time: 8:30 PM (EDT)
  • Venue: Toyota Center Houston, Texas
  • Odds from GTBets.eu:
Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Warriors +3½ (-110) 221½ (-110)  +145
Rockets -3½ (-110) 221½ (-110) -165
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Betting Golden State

If Stephen Curry is Henry Hill and Kevin Durant is Jimmy Conway, then Green is definitely Tommy DeVito. No wonder owner Joe Lacob wants him to remain with the Warriors forever. Green is the type of player who wants to win, whether by hook or by crook, more than anything else. To him, the ends justifies the means. Green’s guerilla warfare basketball is not pretty but it gets the job done. All of which means that he now has a bullseye painted on his back. The Rockets will keep their eyes and hands on him at all times to keep him from embarrassing Harden again at home.

Per sportsbook for US players sites, the Warriors are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games playing on 3 days’ rest or more. 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games on Saturday. And 0-5 ATS in their last five games after an ATS win.

Betting Houston

The Rockets are not only battling Durant, Curry, Green, et al. They are also warring with the zebras, for wrongs that are sometimes real and sometimes perceived. In Game 2, at the very least, they have almost solely themselves to blame. After all, as Jared Dubin rhetorically asks, How Do You Lose When You Make 17 Threes? All things considered, Stephen A. Smith and the rest of the pseudoexperts have all but written Houston off. Even fans think the Rockets are lame. So now they enter Game 3 with the proverbial chip on their shoulders. The series maybe for all intents and purposes over, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a sweep.

The Rockets are 7-1-1 ATS in their last nine games at home. 2-6 ATS in their last eight games playing on 3 or more days’ rest. And 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall. Additionally, the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings between these two teams. And the visiting team is 4-1 ATS in the last five encounters.

Our Prediction: The series is 2-0 but could easily be 1-1. Game 2 was winnable at the time Green attempted to hollow out Harden’s eye sockets. They say even a blind Harden can win a game now and then, but Tuesday night was not the one. However, James has had three days to rest his eyes, and he’ll be looking at familiar surroundings in the Toyota Center. Sportsbook for US players sites users should take the Rockets and the points.