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2020 NBA Playoffs Handicapping Round 1 (Orlando)
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets
Date: Saturday, August 22nd, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM EST
Venue: Walt Disney World Resort – AdventHealth Arena| ESPN Complex
NBA Moneyline Odds: Thunder +140 | Rockets -160
NBA Betting Odds: Thunder +3.0 | Rockets -3.0
NBA Betting Total: O/U 222.5
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Houston now leads the series 2-0 after a close game coming into the fourth quarter but the Rockets were able to hold on for the win.
Oklahoma City is in a must-win spot here as everyone knows what happens when a team goes down 3-0 in a series.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder collapsed in the fourth quarter after taking a one-point lead into the fourth quarter. Oklahoma City simply couldn’t buy a shot and now one could help them close out the game. The Rockets outscored them 34-20 in the fourth quarter ultimately winning 111-98.
Shai-Giligous Alexander had a playoff career-high 31 points and led the team in scoring, but simply is too inexperienced to be the go-to guy in the fourth quarter. Steven Adams was 4-4 from the floor and didn’t shoot again OKC needs to take advantage of this mismatch and get Adams going if they want any chance of making a run in this series.
Chris Paul struggled to shoot the ball also only pouring on 14 points on 6 of 15 shooting from the floor.
As a team, the Thunder are averaging 110.22 points per game, while giving up 108.66 points per game on defense.
Even when James Harden is having an off day the Rockets have the shooters to be able to shoot them out of a hole. Harden had a team-high 21 points but shot 5 of 16 from the floor and was 2/11 from behind the arc.
Houston’s role players really stepped up in this one undrafted FA Danuel House had 19 points and carried the load until it was time for Harden to close the game and just take the ball to the bucket. Every single Rocket eclipsed double digits in this one except Ben McLemore who only played 13 minutes. It was a real team effort win on Thursday which is scary for OKC that Harden had an off night.
As a team, the Rockets are averaging 117.78 points per game which ranks second-best in the entire league. On defense, they surrender an average of 114.43 points per game.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Oklahoma City is 12-8 SU in their last 20 games.
- Oklahoma City is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against Houston.
- Oklahoma City is 4-3 SU in their last 7 games against Houston.
- Houston is 6-9 ATS in their last 15 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Houston’s last 10 games.
- Houston is 4-4 SU in their last 8 games.
Free Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets NBA Prediction:
This is a must-win for OKC as teams that fall to 0-3 in a series have never made it out of that hole. OKC needs to include Steven Adams into their offense if they want any shot at having an advantage over the Rockets. Houston has enough shooters to shoot them out of any hole so I expect this one to be close. If you don’t like any side in this one I’d lean the Over, but I Think OKC regroups here and gets their first bubble playoff win.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Thunder +3
***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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