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|OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER||HOUSTON ROCKETS|
|Trail NBA Round 1 against Houston Rockets 0-1||April 19, 8:00 PM | Toyota Center||Lead NBA Round 1 against Oklahoma City Thunder 1-0|
Where: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
|Team / Live in game Betting at||Spread||Money Line||Total|
|703 –Oklahoma City Thunder||+8 -110||+310||Ov 223 -110|
|704 –Houston Rockets||-8 -110||-370||Un 223 -110|
The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets will both be gunning for a victory on Wednesday when they meet at Toyota Center.
ABOUT THE THUNDER: Westbrook’s off-shooting outing in Game 1 was bad enough but several members of the supporting cast had poor showings as well. Shooting guard Victor Oladipo was the biggest culprit with a 1-of-12 shooting performance while the frontcourt trio of Steven Adams, Taj Gibson and Enes Kanter combined for just 19 points and were the prime reason why Oklahoma City was outrebounded 56-41. “We got to play and do a better job, starting with myself,” Westbrook told reporters. “I got to do a better job of taking care of the basketball and making some shots.”
ABOUT THE ROCKETS: While Harden did his typical damage in Game 1, backcourt mate Patrick Beverley frustrated Westbrook and was a star in his own right with 21 points and 10 rebounds. “That’s the reason we’re in the position we’re in,” Harden told reporters. “He brings it every game. Whether his shot is falling or not, he brings that intensity, that resolve.” Post players Nene (15 points on 7-of-8 shooting) and Clint Capela (14 points on 7-of-9) operated at will against the Thunder in Game 1.
James Harden won the battle of MVP candidates in the series opener and that helped the Houston Rockets cruise to a severe trouncing of the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder. Houston looks to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference series on Wednesday and Harden will again strive to outplay Thunder star Russell Westbrook.
Harden recorded 37 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in Sunday’s 118-87 victory while Westbrook scored 22 points on just 6-of-23 shooting and had more turnovers (nine) than assists (seven). Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni was thrilled with the superb showing but quickly changed gears to remind his club that the 31-point shellacking still only counts as one win. “All we did is defend our home court, and that’s what we’re supposed to do,” D’Antoni told reporters. “It’s nice to play well and get the win because you have to, but this is just one little step … in the big scheme of things. I’m sure they’ll bounce back, and we’ve got to be ready to go.” Oklahoma City typically struggles in Houston with its last victory in the Texas city occurring on Jan. 16, 2014.
Last time out for Houston, they were a 118-87 winner as they battled the Thunder at home. The Rockets covered in the match as a -7.5-point favorite, while 205 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.
Oklahoma City was a 118-87 loser in its last match on the road against the Rockets. They failed to cover the +7.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 205 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.
Team record: 47-36 SU,45-38 ATS
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oklahoma City’s last 5 games
Oklahoma City is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Oklahoma City is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Team record: 56-27 SU,43-39-1 ATS
Houston is 1-8-1 ATS in its last 10 games
Houston is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Houston’s last 10 games
Oklahoma City home to Houston Friday, April 21
NBA Playoffs Tips
1. The 31-point win in the opener was the Rockets’ third-largest margin of victory in the franchise’s playoff history behind victories of 33 (versus Phoenix in 1995) and 32 (against New York in 1975).
2. Houston F Ryan Anderson was 1-of-6 in the opener after shooting just 38.5 percent in three regular-season games against the Thunder.
3. Oklahoma City SF Doug McDermott (knee) played just three minutes in the opener but should be available for more playing time in Game 2.
Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Houston Rockets will cover the spread at -8 and the game will go over 223 points, according to scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Rockets 118, Thunder 106 at .
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oklahoma City’s last 5 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Oklahoma City’s last 7 games on the road|
|Oklahoma City is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road|
|Oklahoma City is 1-9-1 ATS in its last 11 games when playing Houston|
|Oklahoma City is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Houston|
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oklahoma City’s last 7 games when playing on the road against Houston|
|Oklahoma City is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston|
|Oklahoma City is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Houston|
|Houston is 1-8-1 ATS in its last 10 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Houston’s last 10 games|
|Houston is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games|
|Houston is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games at home|
|Houston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston’s last 5 games at home|
|Houston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Oklahoma City|
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston’s last 7 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City|
|Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City|
|Oklahoma City’s Overall Scoring vs Houston’s Overall Defense||106.6||11||109.6||26|
|Oklahoma City’s Away Scoring vs Houston’s Home Defense||103.7||14||108.3||26|
|Oklahoma City’s Road Rebounds vs Houston’s Home Rebounds Allowed||46.5||2||44.7||26|
|Houston’s Overall Scoring vs Oklahoma City’s Overall Defense||115.3||2||105.8||16|
|Houston’s Home Scoring vs Oklahoma City’s Road Defense||117.2||2||108.1||17|
|Houston’s Home Rebounds vs Oklahoma City’s Road Rebounds Allowed||45.2||8||41.2||2|
|TOP 3/BOTTOM 3|
|Oklahoma City leads the league in rebounds at 46.7.|
|Oklahoma City is third in rebounds allowed in the league at 40.6.|
|Houston is the second highest scoring team in the league at 115.3 points per game.|
|Houston leads the league in three points made with 14.4 per game.|