The defending NBA champion, the Golden State Warriors, can take a commanding lead in their Western Conference finals series against the Houston Rockets — who face a must-win situation in Game 4 on Tuesday as the game will live stream from Oracle Arena with the top-seeded Rockets looking at a 3-1 deficit against the champions, who would then need to win only their one remaining home game to book their fourth straight ticket to the NBA Finals.
Golden State immediately neutralized Houston’s home court advantage in the series, winning the opener at Toyota Center by a decisive 13 points behind a 37-point outburst from Kevin Durant.
After losing the second game in Houston, the series shifted to Oakland, California, where in Game 3 on Sunday it was Stephen Curry whose offensive explosion paced the Warriors to a 126-85 blowout, as Curry dropped 35 points on the visitors.
To find out how to watch a live stream of Game 4 between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. Tipoff time is set for 6 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time at 19,500-seat Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, on Tuesday, May 22 — 9 p.m. Eastern Time.
If history is any guide, the Warriors can mail this one in. Golden State comes in on a 16-game home winning streak in playoff games, the longest home winning streak in NBA playoff history. The Rockets, on the other hand, have never won a playoff road game against Golden State in seven attempts.
Las Vegas oddsmakers have tipped the Warriors as nine-point favorites in Game 4, and now see the Rockets as 7-1 underdogs when it comes to winning the Western Conference Finals series and advancing to the NBA Finals.
In the history of the NBA, only 11 teams have ever rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win a seven-game playoff series. But the Warriors were the victim of the most recent such comeback when the Cleveland Cavaliers beat them in the 2016 NBA Finals after falling behind 3-1. But again, history would seem to indicate that Game 4 on Tuesday is one that the Rockets must somehow find a way to win to have any hope of returning to the Finals for the first time since 1995.
One potential problem for Golden State could crop up in the form of a knee injury to small forward Andre Iguodala, whose status for Game 4 was listed as “questionable” a few hours before the game on Tuesday.
Watch a preview of the Rockets vs. Warriors Game 4 featuring NBA Hall of Famer and former Warriors great Rick Barry — who also played two seasons for the Rockets — in the video below.
To watch the Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors NBA Western Conference final round Game 4 matchup live stream online from Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, access the streaming video provided by Watch TNT at this link, or by downloading the Watch TNT app to watch a live stream on mobile devices. Watch TNT also streams live on the Amazon Fire TV set-top streaming device, allowing fans to watch the Rockets vs. Warriors matchup streaming live to their TV sets.
For fans who want to stream the Houston vs. Golden State third-game showdown for free without cable login credentials, a feed from TNT Overtime will also stream at the above link, or on most mobile devices. TNT Overtime allows fans to choose and switch between any one of four camera angles on the game, or to watch all four at the same time in a mosaic view.
Another way to watch the must-win game between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets in the NBA Western Conference final series stream live for free without a cable subscription is for fans to sign up for a free trial of an “over the top” streaming TV package, such as DirecTV Now at this link, Sling TV at this link, or YouTube TV at this link. All of those services require credit card information and subscription fees — but each offers a seven-day free trial, and if the subscription is canceled prior to the expiration of that weeklong period, fans can watch the Rockets vs. Warriors Game Four live stream for free.