Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 4/4/14
Oklahoma City Thunder (54-19) at Houston Rockets (49-25)
NBA Basketball: Friday, April 4, 2014 at 9:30 pm (Toyota Center)
The Line: Houston Rockets -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSOK, CSN Houston, ESPN
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets will meet for the fourth and final time this season when they square off on Friday night. The Thunder lead the series 3-0.
The Thunder have won seven of their last eight games and are coming off a 106-94 win over San Antonio, a victory that snapped the Spurs 19-game winning streak. On the season, the Thunder average 106.2 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allow 99.4 points on 43.3 percent shooting. The Thunder are shooting 48 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from three in their last five games. Kevin Durant continues his scoring tear, as he’s scored no less than 27 points since February 5. Russell Westbrook won’t play in this game due to rest. The OKC Thunder are 39-32-2 ATS overall and 18-17 ATS on the road.
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The Rockets have lost three straight games and are in danger of falling out of the fourth seed in the Western Conference. On the season, the Rockets average 106.8 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allow 102 points on 44 percent shooting. The Rockets have scored more than 100 points in eight of their last nine games, while James Harden is averaging 28.2 points in his last five. The Houston Rockets are 37-35-2 ATS overall and 20-15-2 ATS at home.
The Thunder are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games playing on 0 days rest. The Rockets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest. The Thunder are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings vs. the Rockets.
With no Westbrook and Oklahoma City coming off a big win on Thursday, I like Houston to get the job done here. The Rockets have been solid against the number on their home court as of late and need to convince themselves that they have what it takes to beat the Thunder heading into the playoffs.
Take Houston and the small chalk.