Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets - 8/20/20 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Oklahoma City Thunder (44-29) at Houston Rockets (45-28)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 3:30 pm (AdventHealth Arena)
The Line: Houston Rockets -2 -- Over/Under: 227.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder look to level the series against the Houston Rockets in Game 2 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Thursday afternoon.
The Oklahoma City Thunder will be hoping to level the series after getting routed by the Rockets in a 123-108 loss in Game 1. Danilo Gallinari led the team with 29 points on nine of 17 shooting, Chris Paul added 20 points with 10 rebounds and nine assists while Steven Adams chipped in with 17 points and 12 rebounds. As a team, the Thunder shot 44 percent from the field and 13 of 35 from the 3-point line as they managed just 20 points in a cold-shooting first quarter, before falling behind by 16 points going into halftime. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finished with just nine points on two of eight shooting while Dennis Schroder scored just six points on three of 12 shooting off the bench.
Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets will be growing in confidence after taking care of business against the Thunder on Tuesday. James Harden drained six 3-pointers on his way to 47 points and 11 rebounds, Jeff Green added 22 points and four assists off the bench while Eric Gordon chipped in with 21 points and four assists. As a team, the Rockets shot 48 percent from the field and a healthy 20 of 52 from the 3-point line as they made light work of the Thunder, all without Russell Westbrook who sat out with a quad injury. Green picked up the slack in the absence of Westbrook with an efficient eight of 12 shooting, while Gordon broke out of his shooting slump in a strong outing.
Looking at the betting trends, the Thunder are 41-20 ATS in their last 61 games as an underdog and 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games following a loss of more than 10 points. The Rockets are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games as a favorite, 6-2 ATS in their last eight Conference Quarterfinals games and 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games against a team above .600.
Head to head, the under is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings overall, the Thunder are 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings in Houston and the Thunder are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall.
The Thunder will be kicking themselves as they never recovered in Game 1 after shooting just 30 percent in the first quarter. The Rockets will again be shorthanded for Game 2 as Westbrook remains without a timetable for his return, but they have more than enough to get past the Thunder in the meantime. I’m expecting Gilgeous-Alexander to bounce back from his poor game on Tuesday, but it won’t be enough as I think the Rockets take a 2-0 series lead with a narrow win and cover here.