Will Thunder roll over the Rockets?
After cruising to an easy SU and ATS victory in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series, the Oklahoma City Thunder will try to pay out against the Houston Rockets again on Wednesday night.
The Thunder slammed the Rockets 120-91 as a home favorite at the sportsbooks in the series opener on Sunday, with Kevin Durant scoring 24 points and Russell Westbrook adding 19 points and 10 assists. James Harden tossed in 20 points for the Rockets.
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The Thunder currently sports a record of 60-22, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 48-31-3 ATS. The Rockets are 45-37 and 41-40-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Thunder post a 36-43-3 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Rockets have gone 41-41 against the number.
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Thunder as 10.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 212, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Thunder, currently No. 1 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Rockets, who rate No. 11 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 112-106 victory for the Thunder.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Oklahoma City's No. 3-ranked offense (105.7 PPG) against a Rockets defense that ranks No. 28 at 102.5 PPG. The Thunder have averaged 48.1% from the field per game, more than the Rockets have managed so far this season (46.1% on average).
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Rockets own the league's No. 25-rated mark, allowing 103.9 points per game when playing on the road. Oklahoma City, on the other hand, rates No. 1 in scoring on their home court.
Houston lost its last outing, a 120-91 result against the Thunder on April 21. The Rockets failed to cover in that game as a 10.5-point underdog, while the 211 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Houston was crushed on Sunday, getting run out of the gym by Oklahoma City and falling 120-91 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Houston Rockets Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Oklahoma City are 3-7
After playing Oklahoma City are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3
Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Houston are 7-3
After playing Houston are 10-0
After a win are 7-3
A few Rockets at Thunder trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games when playing Oklahoma City
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Houston's last 19 games
Houston is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing Oklahoma City
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Oklahoma City's last 8 games at home
Oklahoma City is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Houston
Oklahoma City is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oklahoma City's last 6 games
Houston home to Oklahoma City, Saturday, April 27
Oklahoma City at Houston, Saturday, April 27