In a highly anticipated series between NBA heavyweights, the Golden State Warriors landed the first blow with a road win against the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Houston looks to bounce back and avoid a perilous two-game deficit when it hosts Golden State again in Game 2 on Wednesday night (9 p.m. ET).
For supreme analysis on this matchup, listen to SportsLine expert Galin Dragiev. The accomplished handicapper produced our top regular-season record, and $100 bettors who followed his advice are up nearly $2,000. He has remained strong in the playoffs, and has an 11-5 record (69 percent) in spread picks involving Golden State or Houston. In Game 1, Dragiev accurately predicted that a big game from James Harden of Houston would be offset by the Rockets' inability to stop Golden State star Kevin Durant on the defensive end. Durant had 37 points in the Warriors' 119-106 victory, and those who followed Dragiev's play on the short underdog were rewarded.
Now, he has dissected the key elements that should determine the spread outcome of Game 2. Will the Warriors deflate Houston with another road win, or will the Rockets get back in the series by salvaging a home split? ? Join SportsLine now to see which side of Warriors-Rockets you should support Wednesday from an accomplished handicapper who's hitting nearly 70 percent of his selections involving these teams!