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Home Teams Prevailing When Thunder, Rockets Collide

Everyone knew the Oklahoma City Thunder would be a worse team without Kevin Durant even with superstar Russell Westbrook putting up eye-popping numbers, but OKC has been simply overmatched vs the Houston Rockets in the first round. Down 2-0 in the series, the Thunder face a must-win game at home tonight. Oddsmakers initially set the Rockets as 2.5-point road underdogs with a total of 224.

Shark Bites
  • The Rockets are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of the Thunder's last six games.
  • The Rockets are 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 games against the Thunder.

Westbrook produced the highest-scoring triple-double in playoff history with 51 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds in Game 2 but faded away in the fourth quarter in Oklahoma City’s 115-111 loss. The 28-year-old was just 4-for-18 from the field while playing the entire fourth quarter as OKC let a 15-point first-half lead slip away.

The good news for Thunder backers is the Rockets haven’t played up to their full potential at Chesapeake Energy Arena, as Houston averaged 102.5 points – 13 below their season average – in two regular-season visits to Oklahoma. Producing in the fourth quarter was the major reason for those setbacks due to outputs of 13 and 16 points in the final frame.

Thunder shooting guard Victor Oladipo has been downright brutal in this series. Oladipo has averaged 8.5 points on a brutal 5-of-26 shooting through two games.

The biggest story in matchups between OKC and Houston over the years has been home-court advantage. In the last 10 meetings between the squads, visiting sides are a meagre 1-9 SU.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sports bettors looking to pick the Oklahoma City Thunder as their prediction for this matchup, they were listed earlier as -2.5-point favorites on the betting odds board at Bovada. Those betting on the total over/under for points scored have seen that line set at 224.5 for Friday at shops such as MyBookie.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Rockets to win this game 113-112. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Houston Rockets vs Oklahoma City Thunder Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Oklahoma City Thunder sit at 47-37 (46-38 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Houston Rockets are currently 57-27 (43-40-1 ATS). Looking to bet on the points scored total? Oklahoma City is 35-43-6 OU and Houston is 43-40-1 OU. This season the Oklahoma City Thunder are 47-37 overall and 46-38 ATS against the number, while the Houston Rockets are 57-27 and 43-40-1 ATS. As for the totals, Oklahoma City is 35-43-6 on the OU, and Houston is 43-40-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Oklahoma City vs Houston injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 6 (Oklahoma City Thunder) and the No. 12 (Rockets) teams in the league, according to our current NBA betting Power Rankings at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Oklahoma City's No. 10-ranked offense averaging 106.42 PPG, against a Houston Rockets defense that ranks No. 26 at 109.32 PPG. The Oklahoma City Thunder field goal percentage has averaged 45.04% so far, less than the Houston Rockets shooters have achieved on the year, 46.3% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap


Betting Trends
  • Houston is 1-9-1 ATS in its last 11 games
  • Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • Houston is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Houston's last 13 games on the road
  • Oklahoma City is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oklahoma City's last 6 games
  • Oklahoma City is 17-7 ATS in its last 24 games at home
  • Oklahoma City is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Houston at Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 23rd