Game 1 of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets Western ConferenceQuarterfinals series tips off Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. ET in the
Orlando bubble. We analyze the Thunder-Rockets NBA betting odds and lines, with picks and best bets.
Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round. It is a shame that home court advantage is not available for this series, because I believe that this would have created the most incredible atmosphere in each of the team’s arena. With that being said, this is a
fascinating series for a multitude of reasons. Who has the advantage, Russell Westbrook or Chris Paul? How about James Harden against his old team? How will the Rockets handle Steven Adams inside? Will Eric Gordon play into shape, and play up to the very generous contract the Rockets gave him
This series would have been a dream for the NBA pre-quarantine. You’ve got Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul playing against each other, two fanbases with an acrimonious history, and the CP3 Revenge Tour all front and center in this matchup. Of course Russ is hurt and will probably miss the entire series and there is no homecourt advantage for that rowdy OKC crowd. The consolation prize is pretty good though: James Harden
vs. Chris Paul is sure to take all the digital ink from this series. However, Harden’s history of carry a team deep into the playoffs by himself doesn’t inspire much confidence. The Thunder are already a matchup nightmare for Houston because their 3-guard lineup can go even smaller than Houston’s smallball lineups and can prey on
They say “styles make fights” well the THUNDER (-110) have a great style to make things difficult on the Rockets (-110) in this series. What do we know Houston likes to do? They like to play up-tempo, shoot a bunch of threes and get to the charity stripe.
Well, Oklahoma City is 22nd in pace (with PG Chris Paul aka “The Point God” being the master of tempo). Their opponents have the second-lowest 3-point percentage and the third-best free-throw attempts per field-goal attempts in the NBA.