The Houston Rockets are good. We’ve known it all season, but now it’s real. It’s really real. James Harden is a basketball savant and this team just destroyed the Spurs in San Antonio for Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals.
The Rockets won Game 1, 126-99, handing Gregg Popovich one of his worst playoff loss since 2007. The domination started early for Houston, going into the half with a 69-39 lead. A 30-point lead at halftime against the Spurs. The Rockets are good.
The Rockets ended the night hitting 22 three-pointers and, honestly, would have hit a lot more but their starters didn’t play the final 12 minutes. They finished the night with an efficient 30 assists on 40 shots as a team. Whew.
Nick Castellanos Youth Jersey We saw on Monday night exactly how dangerous the Rockets could be. It all came together and there was nothing the Spurs could do about it. It will be interesting to see how the Spurs respond.
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In a series that has been dominated by the home team, Atlanta came the closest to a road upset with a respectable performance and an ATS win as 6-point underdogs in Game 5. There are no style points awarded in the postseason however, and the Hawks now find themselves in a must-win game at home in Game 6.
Atlanta is 4-0 SU and ATS in its last four games as a postseason home favorite and is averaging 112.3 points per game in its last three games as one.
Friday night’s total is set at 210 points. The UNDER is 14-4-1 in the Hawks’ last 19 playoff home games.
Atlanta won its first two home games in this series by double digits, but all of the pressure is now turned on the Hawks as they fight for their playoff lives. If Washington hopes to close out the series on the road, it will need to come up with an answer for Dennis Schroder, who has torched the Wizards for 24.4 points per game in this series.