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Warriors vs Rockets Expert Predictions for Game 1

David Hayes
Golden State Warriors v Houston Rockets - Game Seven
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The Houston Rockets take on the Golden State Warriors in a rematch of last year's Western Conference Finals at 3:30 p.m. this Sunday. The Warriors are currently 6-point home favorites over the Rockets in Game 1 of this series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

As it's always smart to hear what those in the industry have to say before placing a bet, here are some expert predictions for Game 1 of this second-round playoff series.

Warriors vs Rockets Predictions for Game 1

WagerTalk News

Nikos Lagouretos, of WagerTalk News, predicts the Rockets will cover the 6-point spread in Game 1. However, Lagouretos does not pick an outright winner here.

Doc's Sports

Similarly, Guy Bruhn, of Doc's Sports, believes the Rockets will cover the spread here, but he didn't pick an outright winner in this game. Bruhn argues that James Harden could carry the Rockets in this contest.

FiveThirtyEight

On the other hand, FiveThirty Eight is picking the Warriors to win straight up, giving Golden State a 68.0 percent chance of winning Game 1.

Overall, two of the experts we highlighted here are taking the Rockets to cover the spread, making FiveThirtyEight the lone expert picking the Warriors to win outright.


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David Hayes is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David Hayes also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username DavidWHayes. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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