NBA Playoffs – Wednesday Preview
Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets
Wednesday, April 19, 8 p.m. (ET) TNT
NBA Pointspread: Houston -7.5
Total Line: 224
The Thunder went an even 6-6 straight-up (5-7 against the spread) to close out the final 12 games of the regular season starting with a 137-125 road loss to Houston on March 26 as 5.5-point road underdogs on BetAnySports’ closing line. They started the postseason in the same fashion by losing Game 1 of this best-of-seven series 118-87 as 7.5-point underdogs on the road. The total went OVER 230.5 in that March loss; however it stayed UNDER the closing 228-point line in Sunday’s loss.
Russell Westbrook has been the story for Oklahoma City this season in his drive towards a probable league MVP award. He ended Sunday’s game with 22 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Andre Roberson was the only other starter in double figures with 18 points. The Thunder shot just 37 percent from the field while going 9-for-29 from three-point range. On the year, they averaged 106.6 points per game, which was the 11th-highest total in the NBA.
Houston has extended its current SU winning streak against the Thunder to four games after losing to them early in the season on the road. Game 1 of this series was the first time that the Rockets covered BetAnySports’ closing spread in their last 10 games and the total has stayed UNDER in seven of those games during this costly ATS slide. Houston is now 31-11 SU at home this season with a 19-23 record ATS.
The Rockets also have a MVP candidate leading the way in James Harden and he definitely came out on top in his first postseason head-to-head matchup against Westbrook with 37 points in Sunday’s win. Houston shot 49.5 percent from the floor and it outrebounded the Thunder 56-41. The Rockets were the second-highest scoring team in the NBA this season with an average of 115.3 PPG, but it fell all the way to 26th at the other end of the court with a points-allowed average of 109.6 points a game.
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