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Thunder vs. Rockets - 4/5/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Rockets (52-24) at Oklahoma City Thunder (42-34)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 1:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)

The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ABC

The Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Sunday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Houston Rockets look to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. On the season, the Rockets are averaging 103.5 points on 44.1 percent shooting and are allowing 100.2 points on 44.2 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 27.5 points and seven assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 15.6 points and 10.5 rebounds. Trevor Ariza is shooting 39.9 percent from the field and Terrence Jones is grabbing 7.2 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 45.5 percent from the field in their last five games and have won 13 of their last 16 when scoring 100-plus points. Six of the Rockets last eight losses have come on the road. The Rockets are in a battle with Memphis for the second seed.

Thunder vs. Rockets - 4/5/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Oklahoma City Thunder need a win after losing four of their last five games. On the season, the Thunder are averaging 103.5 points on 44.7 percent shooting and are allowing 101.2 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Russell Westbrook is averaging 27.5 points and 8.6 assists while Enes Kanter is averaging 18.3 points and 11.3 rebounds. Dion Waiters is dishing 1.8 assists and Anthony Morrow is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting just 43.7 percent from the field in their last five games and have lost seven of their last nine when scoring less than 100 points. OKC has won six of its last seven games on its home court. The Thunder need this game if they’re going to hold off the Pelicans for the last playoff spot.

The Rockets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 14-6 ATS in their last 20 vs. NBA Northwest. The Thunder are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Rockets are 3-9 ATS in the last 12 meetings in Oklahoma City and 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall. 

If the Thunder are going to make the playoffs, they kind of need this game. While we've made a lot of money on the Rockets as of late, I like OKC and the small chalk given that they're the more desprate team. 

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Oklahoma City Thunder -2

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