With the series tied at 2-2, Golden State Warriors will be looking for the home support as they host Houston Rockets in Game-5 of the Western Conference semifinal match at Oracle Arena, in Oakland, California, United States, on Thursday morning (IST).
What competition it is? NBA Playoffs
Series: Western Conference semifinals, Game-5, Series is tied 2-2
Teams: Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets
Match Day: May 09, 2019, @ 08:00 AM IST
Where the game is played? Oracle Arena (19,596)
TV Info: Sony Sports Network has the rights to stream NBA matches in India. Premier members can also catch the Live Action on SonyLiv App.
GSW vs HOU Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW:
Any matchup against the mighty Golden State Warriors is a foregone conclusion. So typecast is the presumptions that you will hear the same things again and again, all pointing towards the victory for the reigning NBA champions.
But the last two games have opened up a possibility for the Houston Rockets, for the have levelled the series 2-2 after winning 112-108 in Game-4 of the Western Conference semifinal. Just to remind you that the Warriors were 2-0 up in the series after winning the two home games.
It can happen. The unthinkable that the Warriors can be beaten in a seven-game series. But it's still hard task even when the momentum seems to be with the Rockets.
There are reasons. Two of the biggest is the form of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. These two players have hardly turned up int he series. They are just about invisible on the court. Eric Gordon has outperformed Thompson is every regard, while Curry is struggling to shoot, his field goal percentage has gone down massively. Still, in those two defeats, Warriors were always in the game. in fact, they could have won it.
But nothing takes away the fact that Rockets have been superior in the last two games. They boast the reigning MVP on their roster and he is playing like one.
Regular Season Record-
Golden State Warriors: W-57, L-25
Houston Rockets: W-53, L-29
Players to watch out for:
Golden State Warriors:
Kevin Durant – Warriors are being led by Kevin Durant in the playoffs with 35.6 points per game. Even in the last game, when all the Dubs struggled, he had a game-high 46 points. It was a reminder of his ability and also a warning to the Warriors that they may not be the same if he decides to leave Oracle Arena this summer.
Stephen Curry – “Struggling” would be an understatement to define Stephen Curry’s form in the playoffs so far. At 22.6 points per game in the 2019 postseason, his numbers are decent. But he is not being himself, not even a splinter of “The Curry” we are so familiar with. No wonder, some fans are having a go at him on the social media.
James Harden – The reigning MVP is averaging 30.5 points and 7.0 assists per game in the playoffs. Against Warriors in this series, he failed to bring his A game in the first two games. But in Game-3, Harden was MVP-esque. The reigning MVP scored an incredible 41 points, along with 9 rebounds and 6 assists.
Chris Paul – Defensively he is having quite an impact in the playoffs. The former Los Angeles Clippers player is averaging 2.6 steals per game, which is incredible. A vital cog in Houston Rockets’ wheel. He is Rockets’ second most important player, as far as scoring is concerned. He is averaging 18 points per game in the post-season.
GSW vs HOU Dream11 TEAM NEWS:
Golden State Warriors:
Injured – DeMarcus Cousins is expected to miss out the remainder of the playoff season. The Big man suffered a thigh injury in Game-2 of the first round series against the Los Angeles Clippers and has been recovering since then. Damian Jones will be missing the match as well.
Questionable – None at the moment.
Suspended – None.
Injured – None.
Questionable – None.
Suspended – None.
GSW vs HOU Dream11 Teams (Starting Lineup; Probables):
From the bench (Probables):
GSW vs HOU Dream11 Fantasy Team:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
The fifth game is at Oracle Arena and Warriors are favourite at home.
NOTE: THIS GSW vs HOU Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW IS BASED ON OUR RESEARCH AND UNDERSTANDING FROM VARIOUS NEWS SOURCES. YOU CAN SELECT YOUR OWN PLAYING 11 ON THE BASIS OF TEAM NEWS.