For the second straight night, NBA fans will be treated to a Game 7. This time, it’s the Warriors and Rockets who are set to square off in a winner-take-all showdown in Houston. The winner will take on the Cavaliers, who beat the Celtics last night in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, sending LeBron James to the Finals for the eighth straight year.
The game is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on TNT. If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can watch the game live on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
Warriors Rockets Live Stream Options for Game 7
Hulu With Live TV: In addition to a Netflix-like on-demand streaming library, Hulu now also offers a bundle of live TV channels, including TNT. You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
DirecTV Now: TNT is included in all four of DirecTV Now’s channel packages. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial no matter what package you choose, and you can then watch the game live on your computer via the DirecTV Now website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the DirecTV Now app.
Sling TV: TNT is included in either the “Sling Orange” or “Sling Blue” base package. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial of either, and you can then watch the game live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app
Warriors vs. Rockets Game 7 Preview
Golden State has been the betting favorite to win its third title in four years throughout the postseason, even as the Warriors fell behind 3-2 in the series. Golden State also trailed by 17 at the end of the first quarter and by 10 at the half in Game 6 before rallying for a 115-86 win.
The Rockets were shorthanded in Game 6 because of the absence of Chris Paul, who missed the game with a hamstring injury, and Houston may be without Paul’s services again tonight. Coach Mike D’Antoni told reporters Paul will likely be a game-time decision, meaning there’s a real chance Houston will be without the guy who had been, at worst, its second-best player throughout the series.
Paul’s absence would put even more pressure on James Harden, who’s had a mediocre series by his standards. Harden’s 32 points in Game 6 were his most in a game this series, but the scoring output came amid another frustrating shooting performance. Harden shot 36.7 percent from 3-point range during the regular season, but he’s shooting an abysmal 26.2 percent from long range during the series, and that number includes a 5-for-9 performance in Game 1. From Game 2 on, Harden is 12-for-56 (21.4 percent) from beyond the arc.
The Game 6 performance Golden State got from Klay Thompson was at the other end of the spectrum. Thompson has shot the ball well from long range all series — and throughout this entire career, for that matter — but he had taken 7 or fewer 3-point attempts in four straight games. In Game 6, coach Steve Kerr let Thompson loose, and the result was a dominant 35-point showing on 9-for-14 3-point shooting.
Sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com have Golden State as a 6-point road favorite.