Can Rockets get a victory in Oklahoma?
After winning their first game of the series on Monday night the Houston Rockets will try to stay alive against the Oklahoma City Thunder once again on Wednesday night in Game 5 of the set.
The Thunder failed to sweep the Rockets on Monday in a 105-103 Houston home win as a 1-point underdog on the NBA betting lines at the sportsbooks. Kevin Durant scored 38 points for the Thunder that game; James Harden had just 15 points for Houston.
The Thunder sit at 60-22 (48-31-3 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Rockets are currently 45-37 (41-40-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Oklahoma City is 36-43-3 OU, and Houston is 41-41 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Thunder installed as 8.5-point favorites in this particular matchup. The over-under number was listed by most sportsbooks, including , at 208.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Thunder rated this week at No. 1 and the Rockets sitting at No. 11. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 112-106 result in favor of the Thunder today.
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.
Oklahoma City was a 105-103 loser in its last match on the road against the Rockets. They failed to cover the 1-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 208 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Thunder got a terrific 38-point performance from Kevin Durant but Houston handed them a 105-103 defeat on Monday at Toyota Center.
Houston Rockets Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Oklahoma City are 1-9
After playing Oklahoma City are 6-4
After a win are 5-5
Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Houston are 8-2
After playing Houston are 9-1
After a loss are 7-3
A few Rockets at Thunder trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games
Houston is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games
Houston is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Oklahoma City
Houston is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Oklahoma City's last 9 games at home
Oklahoma City is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Oklahoma City's last 7 games
Oklahoma City is 20-4 SU in its last 24 games at home
Houston home to Oklahoma City, Friday, May 3
Oklahoma City at Houston, Friday, May 3