Rockets at Thunder 4/21/17 - NBA Playoff Picks & Predictions
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Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
NBA: 9:30 PM EST
Apr. 21, 2017
Latest Odds : OKC -3 Total 224.5
In Friday night NBA first round playoff action, the Houston Rockets will go on the road for the first time to face the Oklahoma City Thunder. Houston was dominant in Game One and needed to rally in Game Two for a 115-111 home victory. The Rockets trailed by as many as 15 points during the first half, but managed to outscore the Thunder by a 53-43 margin in the second half. Houston connected on 11-for-29 from long distance and shot 49 percent overall.
MVP candidate James Harden converted 18-for-20 from the charity stripe and finished with a team high 35 points. Eric Gordon and Lou Williams combined for 43 points on 16-for-28 from the field off the Houston bench.
The sixth seeded Oklahoma City Thunder missed a golden opportunity to even this series at a game apiece on Wednesday night. The Thunder led 86-74 with two minutes remaining in the third quarter, when head coach Billy Donovan opted to rest Russell Westbrook. Oklahoma City allowed Houston to close the quarter on a 12-3 run and never was able to regain control of the game. The Thunder held a 17-5 offensive rebounding margin on the night.
All-Star G Russell Westbrook scored a game high 51 points to go along with 13 assists and ten rebounds. It was the highest scoring triple-double in NBA playoff history.
Recent Betting Trends:
Rockets are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games.
Thunder are 17-7 ATS in their last 24 home games.
Under is 9-3-1 in Rockets last 13 road games.
Under is 6-1 in Thunder last 7 home games.
Rockets are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Oklahoma City.
Free Betting Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder -3
Houston F Sam Dekker (wrist) had an examination on Friday and remains out indefinitely. The Thunder did plenty of things well in Game Two and can look to build on that for Friday. Keeping Harden off the free throw line is something Oklahoma City must do better if they are able to get back into this series. Final Score Prediction, Oklahoma City Thunder win and cover ATS 116-108.