The Warriors, meanwhile, had an adjusted scoring margin of 5.8 per game, which means if these two teams met on a neutral court the Rockets should be favored by 2.4 points.
In the first round, they defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves in five games. Who advances?PERSPECTIVESThe Rockets might have the best record in the National Basketball Association but overlook at the Warriors at your own peril. The NBA belongs to the Houston Rockets now.
For the first time since the opening round series against the Los Angeles Clippers in 2014, the Warriors will be starting a playoff series in another city.
The Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics stand in their way, but we've seen this story before and know how it ends.
Houston won two of three regular-season meetings with Golden State and is actually a slight favorite to win Monday's Game 1.
The Rockets are hungry for their first taste of playoff glory since the mid 90's, and they have the squad and arsenal-both defensive and offensive-to push the Warriors in their upcoming series.
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The matchup is set with Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference Finals tipping off Monday at 6 p.m. (TNT) and the Golden State Warriors facing off against the Houston Rockets.
Andre Iguodala #9 of the Golden State Warriors dunks the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on January 15, 2018 in Cleveland.
Game 1 of the Western Conference finals is Tuesday (AEST) in Houston. In fact, the Warriors, as good as they were this season after racking up 58 wins, were not the juggernaut that blazed through last year's regular season with 67 wins or the previous year in which they went a staggering 73-9. Kevin Durant might be the Warriors' best overall player, but Golden State's point guard has proven to be as important to the team's success as anyone.
Rockets star James Harden, who was kept quiet with a relatively modest haul of 18 points, paid tribute to Paul's performance.