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Thunder Rounding into Playoff Form

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Momentum can play a large factor in a team’s success in the early rounds of the NBA postseason and there is no hotter team than the Oklahoma City Thunder. Five of OKC’s final six games come on the road and that begins with a visit to the Houston Rockets Sunday afternoon.

Shark Bites
  • The Thunder are 4-1 SU in their last five road games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in six of Houston’s last seven games.
  • UNDER is 11-5 in the last 16 meetings between these two teams.

The Thunder have won nine of their past 10 games entering Sunday’s action and have covered the number in six of those contests. The only slip up was an 88-82 loss at the Detroit Pistons back on March 29.

That game was the only time the Thunder failed to post a score in the 100s as they have averaged a whopping 117.4 points per game in their previous nine wins.

Tasked with stopping the Thunder’s fantastic run is the Houston Rockets. The Rockets are on the outside looking in when it comes to the Western Conference playoff picture as they sit one-game back of the Utah Jazz for the No. 8 seed.

The Rockets have lost two of their previous six games heading into Sunday, including a 111-107 loss at OKC back on March 22.

From a betting perspective, this is a series that has been dominated by the Rockets of late. Houston heads into Sunday’s meeting with a five-game ATS winning streak versus OKC.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Houston Rockets installed as 4.5-point underdogs in this particular NBA matchup. The over-under betting line for the total number of point scored was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 223.5.

A 107-102 result in favor of the Thunder is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Oklahoma City Thunder will look to vanquish their hosts on Sunday, as they are 32-41-3 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Houston Rockets are 32-43-1 ATS. Oklahoma City is 35-41 against the points scored total betting line, while Houston is 43-33 versus the line. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs Oklahoma City injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams with the Houston Rockets rated this week at No. 14 and the Oklahoma City Thunder sitting at No. 4.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively the game matches up Houston's No. 4-ranked offense (105.83 PPG) against a Oklahoma City Thunder defense that ranks No. 14 at 102.71 PPG. The Houston Rockets have averaged 44.87% from the field per game, less than the Oklahoma City Thunder have managed so far this NBA season (47.73% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Kevin Durant went off for 31 points and added 8 rebounds leading Oklahoma City to a 119-117 win over Los Angeles on Thursday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Rockets got a 20-point performance from Michael Beasley, who added 20 rebounds, but Chicago still ran past Houston 103-100 on Thursday at Toyota Center.

Betting Trends
  • Oklahoma City is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
  • Oklahoma City is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Oklahoma City is 7-14-1 ATS in its last 22 games on the road
  • Oklahoma City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Houston is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Houston is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston's last 7 games
  • Houston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Oklahoma City at Denver, Tuesday, April 5th
Houston at Dallas, Wednesday, April 6th

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