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Game 6 for Thunder Rockets series

The Oklahoma City Thunder will be looking to put an end to their skid and dispatch the Houston Rockets on Friday night as they head back to Texas for Game 6 of their first-round series.

The Thunder now lead the Rockets just 3-2 in the best-of-seven set after Houston grabbed a 107-100 road win as an 8.5-point underdog on the NBA odds in Game 5 on Wednesday night. James Harden was good for 31 points for the Rockets in that victory.

The Rockets sit at 45-37 (41-40-1 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Thunder are currently 60-22 (48-31-3 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Houston is 41-41 OU, and Oklahoma City is 36-43-3 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Betting Line:
Bettors looking to back the visiting Thunder before tip-off in this one found them as 1-point favorites earlier at Bovada, while the total was sitting at 208 at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Rockets - Thunder odds would favor the Thunder if the lines were set according to power ranks. Houston is rated No. 11 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Thunder sit at No. 1. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 112-106 win for the Thunder.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Houston's No. 2-ranked offense, averaging 106 PPG, against a Thunder defense that ranks No. 9 at 96.5 PPG. The Rockets field goal percentage has averaged 46.1% so far, less than the Thunder shooters have achieved on the year, 48.1% per game.

Defensively, the Thunder feature the league's No. 11-rated defense on the road, giving up 97.5 points per game. Houston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 3 in the league in scoring at home.

Houston was a 107-100 winner in its last match on the road against the Thunder. They covered the 8.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 207 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. James Harden went off for 31 points and added 8 rebounds leading Houston to a 107-100 win over Oklahoma City on Wednesday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Houston are 7-3
After playing Houston are 8-2
After a loss are 7-3

Houston Rockets Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Oklahoma City are 2-8
After playing Oklahoma City are 7-3
After a win are 6-4

A few Thunder at Rockets trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Oklahoma City's last 8 games
Oklahoma City is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games when playing Houston
Oklahoma City is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games when playing Oklahoma City
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Houston's last 14 games at home
Houston is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City

Next up:
Oklahoma City home to Houston, Sunday, May 5
Houston at Oklahoma City, Sunday, May 5