Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets - 8/24/20 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets - 8/24/20 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets (46-29) at Oklahoma City Thunder (45-30)

NBA Basketball: Monday, August 24, 2020 at 4:00 pm (AdventHealth Arena)

The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder +3 -- Over/Under: 220.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets meet Monday in game four of NBA playoff action at the AdventHealth Arena.  

The Houston Rockets look for a bounce back performance to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. The Houston Rockets are averaging 113.7 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 108.3 points on 44.3 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 32 points and 6.7 assists while Jeff Green is averaging 19.7 points and 6.7 rebounds. Eric Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Danuel House Jr. is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 81.7 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41 rebounds per game.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder look for another win to even up the series at 2-2. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 108.3 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 113.7 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Danilo Gallinari is averaging 22 points and five rebounds while Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 21 points and three assists. Chris Paul is the third double-digit scorer and Dennis Schroder is dishing 4.7 assists. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78.2 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 49.3 rebounds per game.

The Rockets are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games as a favorite, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Monday games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS loss. The Thunder are 25-10 ATS in their last 35 games as an underdog and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win. The under is 7-3 in Rockets last 10 overall. The over is 5-2 in Thunder last 7 overall. The Rockets are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Oklahoma City and 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings.

The Thunder looked better in their game three victory, as they got high level production from their top-four players and were able to dominate in overtime, 15-3. With that said, OKC needed overtime to beat a Rockets team that shot 41.3 percent from the field and 30 percent from three. Harden also missed most of the overtime period, so the Rockets were without their top two creators and scorers. I'm not taking anything away from the Thunder, but the Rockets to me are still the better team here and are going to cruise whenever they shoot even average percentages. I'll lay the bucket with the Rockets.

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Randy’s Pick Houston Rockets -3

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.