The Rockets took the 3-2 lead in the series last game, as they welcomed back point guard Russell Westbrook. The NBA odds are favoring Houston to end the series today, but the Thunder showed up last time their backs were up against the wall. Could the Thunder be one of the sneakier NBA picks of the day, or will the Rockets move on to the next round?
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NBA Picks and Predictions based on NBA Odds Shopping | Rockets vs Thunder | Aug. 31
Houston Rockets (44-28) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (44-28)
Date: Monday, Aug. 31, 2020
Time: 9 p.m. ET
Venue: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex – Kissimmee, FL
After it was only a single-digit game at the half, the Rockets came out hot in the third quarter of Game 5. They out-scored Oklahoma City by 19 points in the quarter, and it was all downhill for the Thunder from there.
Defensively, Oklahoma City did their job overall, limiting Houston to 43 percent shooting. However, the Thunder couldn’t hit a shot. They put up 92 shots, but converted on just 31.5% of them. More importantly, they made just 7-of-46 shots from deep. It’s tough beat the Rockets when the long ball isn’t falling. Chalk this performance up as an anomaly, and expect a closer game today.
Westbrook also returned for Houston last game. While he helps the team get better, obviously, he was less than impressive in his return. Seeing just 24 minutes of action, Westbrook made 3-of-13 shots, showing a bit of rust in his return. Once he gets rolling, it makes this offense that much more dangerous.
NBA Picks and Predictions: Rockets vs. Thunder NBA Odds Shopping
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Rockets -5 (-110) — BetMGM
Thunder +5.5 (-115) — FanDuel, PointsBet
Over: 226.5 (-110) — BetMGM, FanDuel, PointsBet
Under: 226.5 (-109) — SugarHouse, BetRivers, DraftKings
Rockets vs. Thunder NBA Betting Trends
- The season series between Houston and Oklahoma City is tied 4-4.
- The total has hit the under in eight of Houston’s last 12 games.
- Houston is 3-7 against the spread (ATS) in its last 10 games against Oklahoma City.
- The total has hit the over in six of Oklahoma City’s last nine games.
- Oklahoma City is 2-4 ATS in its last six games.
Rockets vs. Thunder NBA Picks + Prop Bets
Chris Paul – Points: Over 20.5 (-106)
As discussed above, the Thunder overall had a really tough outing in Game 5. I expect a bounce back offensively. Last time the Thunder had their backs up against the wall, Paul came up big, scoring 26 points. He followed that up with another 26-point performance in Game 4. Paul also averaged 19.5 shot attempts in those games. Facing elimination, look for another aggressive performance from Paul.
Chris Paul – Made 3’s: Over 1.5 (-174)
This aggressive offensive performance that I am expecting comes with the veteran draining some shots from downtown. Prior to last game’s disaster, Paul had hit at least two 3-pointers in three of his last four games. He should shoot plenty of them tonight.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – Points: Over 20.5 (-120)
Like Paul, Gilgeous-Alexander had a rough Game 5, and I expect him to bounce back. He averaged 24 points in the three games before that, attempting at least 17 shots in each. Gilgeous-Alexander put up just eight shots last game. They need the young guard to be aggressive if they have any shot to win. Look for this Oklahoma City backcourt to step up today.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – Made 3’s: Over 1.5 (-140)
Again, Gilgeous-Alexander won’t shoot as poorly as he did last game. In Games 2-4, he hit at least two 3-pointers in all of them. I’m willing to bet he returns to that form in an elimination game, as they look to force Game 7.
Jeff Green – Rebounds: Over 4.5 (-144)
Green has been terrific in this series for Houston, playing over 30 minutes in every game. He has averaged seven rebounds per game this series, and he grabbed 10 last time out. Also, Green has not had fewer than five rebounds in a game this series.
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