With their backs up against the wall yet again, the Thunder showed up and got a win, forcing a Game 7 against the Rockets. The NBA odds view this as a pretty close game, and rightfully so, which could lead to NBA picks being all over the place today.
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NBA Picks and Predictions Based on NBA Odds Shopping | Thunder vs Rockets | Sept. 2
Oklahoma City Thunder (44-28) vs. Houston Rockets (44-28)
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020
Time: 9 p.m. ET
Venue: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex – Kissimmee, FL
The Thunder pulled together and managed to pull out the Game 6 win, forcing a Game 7 in this competitive series. It’s clear that when the stakes are high, Chris Paul is the man for Oklahoma City. He finished last game with 28 points, scoring 15 of them in the fourth quarter.
Aside from the great play from their veteran leader, the Thunder won the game because of their size, which has been the obvious weakness for Houston. Oklahoma City grabbed 10 offensive rebounds, compared to four for Houston. Steven Adams alone grabbed nine of them. This, combined with their +3 turnover differential, was the deciding factor last game.
Houston shot all right overall, so that wasn’t the reason for the loss. As stated before, they simply gave the Thunder too many extra possessions. On top of that, the Rockets attempted just 12 free throws in the game, with eight coming from James Harden. Houston needs to limit the dominance of the Thunder in the paint to win this game, whether that be fighting for rebounds or drawing fouls inside.
NBA Picks and Predictions: Thunder vs. Rockets NBA Odds Shopping
Using Awesemo’s OddsShopper tool, we can easily compare the NBA odds for Thunder vs Rockets across the major sports books. The odds expressed are from 11:50 a.m. ET on Sept. 2nd, so make sure to check out the OddsShopper tool yourself to get the most up to date NBA odds.
Thunder +5 (-109) — DraftKings
Rockets -5.5 (-110) — BetMGM
Over: 217.5 (-105) — PointsBet
Under: 217.5 (-108) — DraftKings
Thunder vs. Rockets NBA Betting Trends
- Oklahoma City leads the season series with Houston 5-4.
- The total has hit the over in six of Oklahoma City’s last eight games.
- Oklahoma City is 7-2 against the spread (ATS) in its last nine games against Houston.
- Houston is 2-5 ATS in its last seven games.
- The total has hit the under in nine of Houston’s last 13 games.
Thunder vs. Rockets NBA Picks + Prop Bets
Chris Paul – Points: Over 22.5 (+104)
When the Thunder’s backs were up against the wall (Games 3, 4 and 6), Paul showed up and stepped up his aggressiveness on offense. In these three high-stakes games, Paul has attempted an average of 19.7 shots and scored 26.7 points. Look for him to be aggressive yet again, hoping to change the narrative about his postseason success, or lack thereof.
Chris Paul – Made 3’s: Over 1.5 (-180)
Along with being aggressive offensively and scoring over 22.5 points, Paul should make multiple 3-point shots today. He made three last game and has buried multiple from long range in four of the six games this series. Paul also hit multiple 3-point shots in the three regular season meetings with Houston.
Russell Westbrook – Rebounds: Over 5.5 (-130)
While I have my doubts about Westbrook overall today, he should hit the over on this rebound total. He will reportedly be limited for minutes again today, but Awesemo has him projected for 30.25, which would be a slight increase from last game. The guard has averaged 0.22 rebounds per minute against the Thunder this season. Extrapolated over his 30.25 minute projection would be 6.7 rebounds. He should grab at least six boards today.
James Harden – Made 3’s: Over 0.5 (-3335)
Here’s your no-brainer, free money prop bet of the day, offered by DraftKings. Obviously, James Harden is going to make at least one shot from deep. He attempted 11 last game. The NBA odds are not lucrative for it, but free money is free money.
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