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Home Court Has Proven To Be Vital Between Thunder, Rockets

The complexion of the first round series between the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder may have changed when the series flipped to the Sooner State. A friendly crowd has been a major factor when these two teams collide with the home team winning 10 of the past 11 contests between the Rockets and Thunder.

Shark Bites
  • The Rockets are 10-2-1 ATS in their last 13 games against the Thunder.
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of the Rockets' last 5 games against the Thunder.
  • The Thunder are 18-7 SU and 17-8 ATS in their last 25 games at home.

Game 2 may have been a bit of a wake-up call for Russell Westbrook when, despite notching a triple-double that featured 51 points, he took far too many shots. Game 3 saw a more even distribution with four of the five starters scoring at least 12 points. Taj Gibson had his best game since being acquired from the Chicago Bulls midseason, as the power forward scored 20 points and shot 10-for-13 in Game 3.

The Rockets will look for a more balanced effort from James Harden in Game 4, as the All-Star had seven turnovers compared to six assists – with all but one of the assists coming in the first quarter. Houston has relied on the three all season long and the shots simply weren’t falling in Game 3 with the team going a collective 10-for-35 from deep.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Oklahoma City Thunder opened as -1-point favorites at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total line was sitting around 225 at Bovada for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting on the total amount of points scored.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 113-112 win for the Thunder. 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 are 48-37 so far on the NBA season, and 46-39 ATS vs the spread betting line. The Houston Rockets, meanwhile, are 57-28 and 44-40-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Oklahoma City go 36-43-6 and the Rockets go 44-40-1 on the total. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Oklahoma City vs Houston injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams with the Oklahoma City Thunder rated this week at No. 6 and the Houston Rockets sitting at No. 12.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Houston Rockets rank No. 9 in the league with 44.4 per game. That compares with Oklahoma City's No. 1 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Oklahoma City is the NBA's No. 26-ranked team at 8.44 per game, while the Houston Rockets rate No. 1 with 14.26 per contest.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Rockets got a terrific 44-point performance from James Harden but Oklahoma City handed them a 115-113 defeat on Friday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Houston is 2-9-1 ATS in its last 12 games
  • Houston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games
  • Houston is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oklahoma City's last 7 games
  • Oklahoma City is 17-8 ATS in its last 25 games at home
  • Oklahoma City is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • Oklahoma City is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Houston home to Oklahoma City, Tuesday, April 25th