Warriors hope experience with adversity, prolonged rest will help against Rockets

Kevin Durant and James Harden

Kevin Durant and James Harden

The series between the Rockets and Warriors begins Monday night.

So, after two weeks of lopsided second-round matchups throughout the National Basketball Association, we finally have our pairs for the conference finals heading into the championship round.

For one Las Vegas casino, the Golden State Warriors have already defeated the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference finals.

James has averaged 24.0 points, 10.3 rebounds and 8.3 assists against the Celtics this season as Cleveland won two of three meetings.

Season series: Rockets, 2-1.

James Harden, who in all likelihood is the league's MVP for the 2017-18 season, is poised to have a great series for Houston. But they do have the Cavs as favorites against the Celtics, because let's not get insane here.

Prediction: Warriors in 6.

Forgrave, Ward-Henninger, and Maloney, in fact, believe Golden State will keep the West Division crown in six games, while Botkin, Herbert and Barnewall see the contest end in full seven games, also in favor of the Warriors.

The Cavs' LeBron James has made short work of the Eastern Conference for almost a decade.

Ward-Henninger was the lone dissenter choosing the Celtics to oust the Cavs in seven. Or, will Houston only have a fantastic regular season to hang their hat on? The backcourt matchup - Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson for the Warriors, Paul and Harden for the Rockets - will be unbelievable. "Its two stars, Paul and James Harden, are hitting their stride at a ideal time".

On CBS Sports, all five writers picked the Warriors in the West, while four of five went with the Cavaliers in the East. Bleacher Report has the Cavs and Warriors. His supporting cast hasn't been the most reliable bunch so far, but guys like Kevin Love have finally emerged from the shadows. "It'll be a rock fight, like Brad Stevens wants, but LeBron will ultimately impose his will", Forgrave said as sounded he spoke for his peers. And you can watch TNT games on TNTDrama.com or the TNT mobile app. "As he's shown at various points in the first two rounds, there are certain times where there is just nothing you can do to slow him down".

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