The Houston Rockets went into Game 6 a victory away from winning the Western Conference finals and making it into their first NBA Final in over twenty years. However, the task of overcoming an unforgiving Golden State Warriors side at the Toyota Center proved to be too much on Sunday evening. The Rockets suffered a 115-86 defeat.
The Houston Rockets Unable to Hold Lead
During the first half of Game 6, the Houston Rockets were a dominating force. The team were able to build up an early seven-point lead during the first minutes of the game. By the time halftime rolled around, this lead had been extended to 10 points. The Warriors seemed to destined to leave the championship race.
However, Warriors coach Steve Kerr must’ve made a phenomenal halftime speech as the team was a completely different side when they came back on after the break. Despite suffering many missed chances during the first half, the Warriors were able to pull off a very decisive comeback due to their performance in the second. The win ensures that the Warriors still have a chance of winning their third NBA Championship title in the last four years.
Odds Set Houston Rockets as Underdogs for Game 6
Despite heading into Game 6 with a victory in hand and winning three out of the last four matches, the Houston Rockets were still considered underdogs for Sunday’s matchup. Many betting houses had stacked the odds 12/1 against the team, and it was very clear to see that it was the right decision after Game 6 had ended.
In what has proven to be a rather unpredictable series, the winners of the Western Conference Final will now need to be decided in Game 7 on Monday in Oakland. The Rockets will be hoping that point guard Chris Paul will be fit to play in the final match of the series after missing out on Game 6 due to a hamstring injury.
It will be interesting to see how the events of Game 6, as well as the fitness of Chris Paul, affect the odds bookies set for the Rockets for Game 7. Overall, the Warriors still seem to be set to win the series.
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