Two Western conference squads that were tied in the regular season face off in the quarterfinals. The Rockets (44-28), will be facing the Thunder (44-28), with both teams looking to bounce back after their latest defeats.
Date/Time: 08-18-2020, 18:30 EDT
Spread: Houston Rockets +0.5 Total: +225
Rockets finished the regular season with a 44-28 record (33-39 ATS). They were placed 4th in the West. They have three consecutive losses. In their last game they lost against the Sixers, 96-134. They failed miserably to cover the -2.5 spread.
James Harden leads the team both in scoring with 34.3 ppg and in assists made with 7.5. He also adds 6.6 rebounds, while Russell Westbrook follows with 27.2 ppg, 7 assists and a team high 7.9 rebounds.
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Thunder also had a 44-28 record (44-28 ATS) in the regular season. They were tied with Houston and Utah but ended up 5th in the West. In their last game they lost against the Clippers in overtime, 103-107. They barely failed to cover the +3.5 handicap.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander leads the team in scoring with 19 ppg, adding 5.9 rebounds per game. Dennis Schroder adds 18.9 ppg and 4 assists off the bench.
Oklahoma City leads Houston 2-1 wins this season.
They have won at home by 21 points and on the road by 5.
Rockets are better offensively (117.8 to 110.4), while Thunder are better defensively (108.4 to 114.8).
Thunder have better percentages both in field goals (46.8% to 45.1%) and in 3-pointers (35.5% to 34.5%).
On the other hand, Houston is better in rebounding (44.3 to 42.9), while OKC commits fewer turnovers (13.7 to 14.7). Both teams dish almost the same number of assists (21.7 to 21.6).
Bookmakers give the Thunder a -0.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds. Rockets are more motivated to begin the postseason with a win, so pick them today.
Thunder vs Rockets Prediction: Houston Rockets +0.5 (-120)
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