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2020 NBA Playoffs Handicapping Round 1 (Orlando)
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets
Date: Tuesday, August, 18th 2020
Time: 6:00 PM EST
Venue: Walt Disney World Resort – AdventHealth Arena| ESPN Complex
NBA Moneyline Odds: Thunder -120 | Rockets +100
NBA Betting Odds: Thunder -1.5 | Rockets +1.5
NBA Betting Total: O/U 224.5
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This series will be full of storylines as Chris Paul was traded from the Rockets to the Thunder in exchange for Russel Westbrook this offseason. Both sides will definitely try to seek revenge as they had some bad blood with their former teams.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder are a very young team, Chris Paul is the veteran leader and he is the one that is going to have to take control of the game if it starts to get out of hand.
Oklahoma City will get their big man Steven Adams back after a short hiatus due to a bruised left leg which a great sight to see for Thunder fans.
The Thunder matches up well with the Rockets and can throw out a three-guard lineup that is among the most potent units in the NBA.
Danillo Gallinari and Nerlens Noel will have an advantage in this game as well as they have no one they can match their size on Rockets and should be able to get a few easy buckets.
As a team, the Thunder are averaging 110.42 points per game, while giving up 108.43 points per game on defense.
The Rockets come into the post-season as the #4 seed after winning a three-way tiebreaker between the Thunder and Jazz.
Houston went all-in on their small-ball approach halfway through the season when they traded Clint Capela to the Hawks and getting Robert Covington and who is their tallest player at 6-7′.
James Harden finished his third season in a row as the NBA’s leading scorer with just above 34 points per game.
As a team, the Rockets are averaging 117.81 points per game which ranks second-best in the entire league. On defense, they surrender an average of 114.35 points per game.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Oklahoma City is 12-6 SU in their last 18 games.
- Oklahoma City is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games against Houston.
- Oklahoma City is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games against Houston.
- Houston is 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston’s last 7 games.
- Houston is 2-4 SU in their last 6 games.
Free Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets NBA Prediction:
Thunder don’t have that designated guy to go them a bucket in crunch time. I love the Rockets here to use their small-ball lineup to take advantage of the guard play of the Thunder. James Harden will look to seek revenge against his old friend Chris Paul as they have had falling out since they were last teammates.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Rockets +1.5
***NOTE*** In case you missed it…When the 2020 NBA 16-team playoff field is set, the NBA Playoffs will proceed in a traditional conference-based format with four rounds and best-of-seven series in each round. The 2020 NBA Finals will end no later than Oct. 13.
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