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The Rockets hold an advantage on the Warriors that no other team has had, and the series may hinge on how they handle Game 1

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The Houston Rockets are the first team in the last four years to have home-court advantage against the Golden State Warriors.
Game 1 may be critical for the Rockets, as they have to prove they can beat Golden State to avoid falling into an immediate hole in the series.
If the Warriors steal Game 1 in Houston, the Warriors’ mental advantage may be too great, having stolen home-court advantage back in their favor.

When the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets Western Conference Finals series kicks off on Monday, the Rockets will hold an advantage over the Warriors that no team over the past four years has enjoyed — home-court advantage.

Since Steve Kerr took over the Warriors in 2014, they have locked up the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and the best record in the league, ensuring they had home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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