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Do Russ and the Thunder Have Anything Left in the Tank?

The Houston Rockets have looked like a legitimate threat in the Western Conference all year long and that hasn’t changed in the first round of the playoffs. With a chance to close out their series with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday, sportsbooks opened the Rockets as 7.5-point home favorites.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in six of the Thunder's last eight games.
  • The Rockets are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games at home.
  • The Thunder are 1-6 SU in their last seven games against the Rockets.

James Harden hogs most of the headlines, but the long forgotten Nene was the real star in Game 4’s 113-109 victory. The 34-year-old scored 28 points on 12-of-12 shooting in an off-night for Harden (5-for-16 from the field). Nene is an astonishing 23-for-25 from the field in the series, and his 12-for-12 outing matched the NBA playoff record for most field goals without a miss set by Kansas City-Omaha Kings forward Larry McNeill in 1975.

Russell Westbrook has been doing his thing, but the Thunder simply haven’t been able to match the well-balanced Rockets. Westbrook has recorded three consecutive triple-doubles and is averaging 35 points, 11.8 rebounds and 11.3 assists in the series.

Betting on the favorites to win outright has been an extremely profitable method when the Rockets and Thunder get together. In the last eight meetings between the squads, faves are 7-1 straight up.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Houston Rockets opened as -8-point favorites at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total line was sitting around 223.5 at Bovada for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting on the total amount of points scored.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 117-108 result in favor of the Rockets. 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 Tuesday, as they are 46-40 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Houston Rockets are 45-40-1 ATS. Oklahoma City is 36-44-6 against the points scored total betting line, while Houston is 44-41-1 versus the line. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs Oklahoma City injuries news.

The Odds Shark betting Power Rankings have the Houston Rockets at No. 12 and the Oklahoma City Thunder at No. 6 heading into this NBA contest.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder rank No. 1 in the league with 46.47 per game. That compares with Houston's No. 9 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Houston is the NBA's No. 1-ranked team at 14.22 per game, while the Oklahoma City Thunder rate No. 26 with 8.42 per contest.

Recent Outings Betting Recap


Betting Trends
  • Oklahoma City is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Oklahoma City is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Oklahoma City's last 8 games
  • Oklahoma City is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Houston is 3-9-1 ATS in its last 13 games
  • Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • Houston is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Houston is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games at home

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Oklahoma City home to Houston, Thursday, April 27th