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Looking for Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets free NBA playoff picks & NBA odds? NBA betting sees the Thunder taking on the Rockets on Sunday April 16th, 2017 at the Toyota Center, Houston, Texas. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA playoff basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions.
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Western Conference Round 1: Game 1
Date: Sunday April 16th
Time: 9:30PM EST
Venue: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Rockets -7.5
NBA Betting Total: 228
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The most anticipated first round match up is also the last one to tip off on Sunday night. The Oklahoma City Thunder will take on the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center.
The two teams played four times in the regular season. The Thunder won the first match up of the season and then the Rockets won the last three.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder surprised a lot of teams with how well they have played this year. After Kevin Durant left in free agency many though this team was a fringe playoff team, but that was far from the case.
They have had a very successful season and they feel like they honestly have a shot to win this series and cause some havoc in the Western Conference playoffs.
To win this game it’s all going to come down to how Russell Westbrook performs. He needs to outperform James Harden for the Thunder to have any chance.
On the other side of this match up is the Houston Rockets and they also come into this series with a lot of confidence. They feel like they can go far in the playoffs and give the Warriors a run for their money.
For the Rockets it all comes down to two things, James Harden and the three point shooting.
James Harden needs to continue what he has done all season and he needs to outperform Russell Westbrook. The Rockets also need the three point shot to be falling. They rely so much on the three pointer and they need that to continue to be good to win this game.
NBA Betting Trends:
- HOU are 0-9 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
- HOU are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 vs. NBA Northwest.
- Over is 6-2 in HOU last 8 Sun. games.
- OKC are 1-9 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
- Underdog is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
Free Game 1 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets NBA Prediction:
Who preforms better, James Harden or Russell Westbrook? That will tell the story about who wins this game. I think James Harden will have the better game and that will be the difference in this one.
4* Free NBA Game 1 Betting Pick: Thunder +7.5
Even though the Rockets win I think Oklahoma City will do enough to cover.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Rockets 115 – Thunder 110
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