VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Fantasy Sports
More
Betting Tools

 
Harden expected to play despite illness

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Rockets All-Star James Harden is expected to play in Game 5 against the Thunder after leaving their shootaround because of flu-like symptoms.

Advertisement
Coach Kevin McHale says he's sure Harden will be ``ready to go'' on Wednesday night.

``We're confident coming in here. Obviously, we need James and we want James to play for us to win at a high level,'' teammate Chandler Parsons said.

``No doubt in my mind, he's going to play tonight. There's no way some little flu bug is going to keep him from playing in an elimination game.''

The Rockets face a 3-1 deficit in their first-round series against Oklahoma City, after winning Game 4 to avoid elimination.

Harden was the NBA's fifth-leading scorer during the regular season but has struggled against his former team, committing 10 turnovers while scoring 15 points in Game 4.

``James, he's a tough player, a very good friend of mine. He's going to be fine,'' Patrick Beverley said. ``He's going to push through it like he's supposed to, like a leader does.''

McHale said point guard Jeremy Lin will be available only for spot duty off the bench if he plays at all in Game 5 because of a bruised chest. Lin was hurt in Game 2 before sitting out the second half. He was ineffective in Game 3 and then was held out of Game 4.

``It seems to be just kind of lingering in there, and he hasn't been able to do anything for three or four days,'' McHale said.

Lin said it will be up to the medical staff whether he's allowed to play.

``They've kind of taken away my freedom to choose whether I play or not, so I don't really have a choice anymore,'' Lin said.

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
Rogers: Monday's Tip Sheet
News: Second Round Series Odds
News: Second Round Predictions
Jazz flatten Clippers to advance
Celtics rally to top Wizards in Game 1
Wade: Future with Bulls uncertain
Boston's Thomas heads to sister's funeral
Hawks focus on re-signing Millsap
Bucks eager to build after strong finish
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NBA Pro Basketball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NBA Hot Streaks
5-0 G-Plays, 9-1 Totals, 13-4 Run
6-0 L6 Guarantees, 5-1 L6 Totals
3 Wins in a Row, 7-2 L9 G-Plays
6-1 L7 Picks, 15-6 L21 Totals
5-2 L7, 32-17 Run, 4-1 G-Plays
12-6 Playoffs, 20-7 L27 Streak
12-5 L17 Totals, +2,484 This Year
24-9 L33 Guaranteed Plays
34-19 Last 53 NBA G-Plays
20-10 L30 Guaranteed Plays
9-3 L12 Postseason Guarantees
+2,942 G-Plays This Year
4-1 L5 Picks, 6-3 L9 Totals
NBA Pro Basketball Expert Sports Picks
2016 NBA SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
NeiltheGreek + 2484
Alex Smart + 2283
Kevin Rogers + 993
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
Paul Bovi + 500
ASA + 390
The Gold Sheet + 363
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Jim Feist 56 %
Alex Smart 54 %
Kyle Hunter 54 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Alex Smart + 2942
ASA + 1755
Chip Chirimbes + 1465
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
NeiltheGreek + 2214
Bill Marzano + 1538
Paul Bovi + 745
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 1572
Kevin Rogers + 1411
Gary Bart + 1114
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership