NBA Playoffs Game 5: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets – April 25, 2017

Oklahoma City Thunder

NBA Playoff Basketball Matchup at a Glance

  • Where: Toyota Center in Houston, Texas
  • Date & Time: April 25, 2017 at 8:00 PM ET
  • Point Spread: Houston -7.5
  • Total: O/U 223.5
  • Quick Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder +7.5

The Houston Rockets lead the Western Conference Quarterfinals 3-1 over the Oklahoma City Thunder. The series now goes from Oklahoma City to Houston. The Houston Rockets won 3 out of 4 games during the regular season, both SU and ATS. Overall, the Rockets have won 7 out of 10 games SU and 8 out of 10 games ATS against the Thunder.

This series took an emotional twist in the last game as several Houston Rockets were caught laughing at the struggles of Andre Roberson at the free throw line. Thunder all-star Russell Westbrook took offense to the laughter and responded by claiming the players that were laughing, were bench riders.

Thunder Looking To Grab Game 5 In Houston

The Oklahoma City Thunder are 48-38 SU and 46-39-1 ATS. They are 19-24 on the road this year and played 46 of their 86 games under the posted total. The Thunder have split their last 10 games, winning 5 and losing 5 SU and ATS. The Thunder are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games on the road.

The Thunder have the 11th ranked offense in the NBA averaging 106.6 points per game and also have the 16th ranked defense allowing their opposition to score 105.8 points per game. The Thunder are led by MVP candidate Russell Westbrook. Westbrook is averaging a triple double, posting 31.6 points per game, 10.7 rebounds per game, 10.4 assists per game and is averaging 34.6 minutes per game.

Rockets Hoping To Wrap Up Series At Home

The Houston Rockets are 58-28 SU and 45-41 ATS. They were 32-11 this year at home and played 43 of their 86 games over the posted total. The Rockets have won 7 out of their last 10 games SU but only 3 out of the same 10 games ATS. The Rockets are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games.

Houston Rockets SG James Harden is dealing with a nagging ankle injury. All though he is dealing with the injury, he is expected to suit up and play in game 5.

Rockets Win But Thunder Cover Spread

This series has proven who is the better team. The Rockets have been better on basically both sides of the ball. They have beat the Thunder in just about every statistical category but they have not been a safe team to bet this year due to their inability to cover the spread. This game should be a lot closer than the lines makers believe. I can not find a single way that I believe the Thunder lose by more than 7 points. Take the 7.5 points and run with them! This one is a gift!

Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder +7.5 for 3 Units