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2020 NBA Playoffs Handicapping Round 1 (Orlando)
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets
Date: Tuesday, August, 18th 2020
Time: 3:30 PM EST
Venue: Walt Disney World Resort – AdventHealth Arena| ESPN Complex
NBA Moneyline Odds: Thunder +120 | Rockets -140
NBA Betting Odds: Thunder +2.5 | Rockets -2.5
NBA Betting Total: O/U 227
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Rockets lead the series 1-0 after a dominance from behind the arc. Oklahoma City will have to find an answer for their perimeter defense if they want any chance at winning this game.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder are the best team in the NBA at perimeter defense, but it seemed like it collapsed on Tuesday. The Rockets put up 52 threes cashing in 20 of them for 38%, which is higher than the Thunder’s season average of 34.8% of three-point shots allowed.
Oklahoma City have to take advantage of the size advantage that Steven Adams has over every single player on the Rockets.
Shai-Giligous Alexander really struggled in his playoff debut as he was virtually useless letting James Harden get a bucket virtually whenever he wanted.
As a team, the Thunder are averaging 110.48 points per game, while giving up 108.63 points per game on defense.
James Harden had a typical James Harden game putting up 37 points on 12 of 22 from the floor. He also shot over 45% from three at a 6-13 clip. Jeff Green has been great for Houston in the playoffs in the past and tonight was no different he had 22 points and 4 assists on the night off the bench.
The small-ball lineup really paid off in this game as they neutralized the Thunder’s guards and made them unless in the scoring category and had to make them try to dump it down low to do damage.
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 12-7 SU in their last 19 games.
- Oklahoma City is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against Houston.
- Oklahoma City is 4-2 SU in their last 6 games against Houston.
- Houston is 5-9 ATS in their last 14 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Houston’s last 8 games.
- Houston is 3-4 SU in their last 7 games.
Free Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets NBA Prediction:
I really do think the Thunder win here, but I can’t seem to pull the trigger but what I do know is that it is going to be a shootout in the bubble as on Thursday as this is going to be a high scoring game. Thunder really struggled to shoot the ball and if Chris Paul is veteran I know he is he had his team shooting all Wednesday to prep for this one. Give me the Over 227 in a big-time shootout.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Over 227
***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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