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2020 NBA Playoffs Handicapping Round 1 (Orlando)
(1-2) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets (2-1)
Date: Monday, August 24th, 2020
Time: 4:00 PM EST
Venue: Walt Disney World Resort – Advent Health Arena| ESPN Complex
NBA Moneyline Odds: Thunder +135 | Rockets -155
NBA Betting Odds: Thunder +3.5 | Rockets -3.5
NBA Betting Total: OFF
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The Thunder got an important win to bring the series to 2-1. Going “home” made a difference for the Thunder.
Houston now has to rally and it is not expected to have Russell Westbrook in the fold.
The Rockets lost game three by 12 but it was in overtime so the game was closer than it might have looked based on the final score. Even with the extra period the Rockets only played eight guys so they might be a little gassed without Westbrook to take on some of the burden.
As the series continues Jeff Green is emerging as more and more important. He scored 22 points off the bench in the loss and didn’t turn over the ball once in sort of a point forward role. He does not have great size but within the Rockets lineup he is considered a big man.
James Harden led all scorers with 38 points but is not shooting the ball well. They need a little more efficiency from him though rookie Luguentz Dort is doing a good job on him.
The loss was disappointing but the Rockets were very close to taking a 3-0 lead in the series.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder gave themselves a chance by winning in overtime to make the series 2-1. We all know when a series gets to 3-0 it is just a countdown to the end.
Oklahoma City used its three point guard approach in the win with Chris Paul, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Dennis Schroeder all scoring at least 23 points. Schroeder led all Thunder players with 29. OKC also got 20 points from Danilo Gallinari, finally getting some balanced scoring and it led to a victory.
The Thunder avoided the extreme pressure of being down 3-0 but 3-1 is not much better. They may have found a formula for better performance or they may have been just desperate enough to get a result. Expect another close game in game four.
NBA Betting Trends:
- HOU are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games.
- Under is 6-2 in HOU last 8 vs. NBA Northwest.
- Under is 7-3 in HOU last 10 overall.
- Underdog is 20-6 ATS in the last 26 meetings.
- HOU are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
Free Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Prediction:
It is good that this is turning into a respectable series. With Westbrook unlikely to be deployed any time soon I think we can expect another close game. I also think we can expect Houston to play better and Oklahoma City to fade a little.
They are not going to be able to count on the same kind of scoring that paved the way to a win in game three.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Houston -3.5
***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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