The Western Conference Finals are a Neutral Fan's Conundrum


The Rockets are advancing to the Western Conference Finals.

This series has everything.

In their careers against the Rockets, Steph Curry averaged 22.6 points per game on 47 percent shooting overall and 40 percent from deep, with Kevin Durant 26.7 points per game on 48 percent shooting overall and 40 percent from deep.

OddsShark has listed the Warriors as -180 favorites to win while the Rockets opened at +160, meaning a $100 bet on Houston would return $160 if they dethrone Golden State.

"He's gotten to the point where he's a legitimate threat on both sides of the floor and I think he's somebody that might make it that you might have to stay big if you're Golden State", Griffin said. After the third and final meeting, Capela told ESPN what the Rockets were thinking. So with these two offensive juggernauts getting set for battle what are the important matchups or players that we need to look out for?

If you asked National Basketball Association analysts that the Utah Jazz were going to be a playoff team in the 2017-2018 season, they would have said no way because of how tough the western conference is and the Jazz lost Gordon Hayward in free agency in the offseason.

"There are certain things I learned playing against Houston and not doing as well as I had hoped that's definitely a good thing", Mitchell said.

Daryl Morey made it known last fall that he and his staff "spend most of our time figuring out how we might knock the Warriors out in seven games"- and recognize that this series will define the next several years for the franchise moving forward.

Added Durant: "The rest of the guys on the team, they want to see what three [championships] feels like".

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The Warriors will now travel to top-seeded Houston for game one of the Western Conference finals on Monday. We got them. Got to go out and play.

"I've been here through the tough times and I've been here through the good times", said Favors, who has been with the Jazz the last 7 1/2 seasons. Mitchell remained in a crouch on the other end, pointing to the back of his left leg. He scored or assisted on 29 of the Jazz's 32 points in that quarter. But even then, Portland finished 11 games behind No. 2 Golden State and 16 behind Houston.

This season the Golden State Warriors took a slight step backwards as they were mired by minor injuries at times.

Taking down the defending champions is a daunting task.

The teams first met in 2014-15.

Five months later, this clash of titans has finally arrived. And with this series in particular, his play is going to be huge. Their highest total scored in the five games was 122, with 105 the lowest in the Game 3 loss.

"We won two championships in three years". All that matters now is that the Rockets find a way to win the championship. "We got a little exhausted and a little rattled and we didn't finish the game the way we wanted to".

Every generation has a few players who are just as talented as the elite guys but will not win a ring.

Paul was instrumental in building a halftime advantage for the Rockets, snapping a 43-all tie with two free throws before drilling consecutive 3s inside the final minute of the first half.