Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets - 9/2/20 NBA Picks and Prediction

Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets - 9/2/20 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma City Thunder (47-31) at Houston Rockets (47-31)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 9:00 pm (AdventHealth Arena)

The Line: Houston Rockets -5 -- Over/Under: 219 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The Houston Rockets need a victory here to get out of the first round of the playoffs for a fourth straight season. The Houston Rockets are averaging 111.5 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 104.3 points on 42.5 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 31.8 points and 7.8 assists while Eric Gordon is averaging 17.7 points and 3.3 rebounds. Danuel House Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Jeff Green is grabbing seven rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 79.2 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 30.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.2 rebounds per game.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder need a victory here to get out of the first round of the playoffs for the first time since the 2015-16 NBA season. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 104.3 points on 42.5 percent shooting and allowing 111.5 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Chris Paul is averaging 21.7 points and 6.8 rebounds while Dennis Schroder is averaging 18.2 points and 3.3 assists. Danilo Gallinari is the third double-digit scorer and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 30.6 percent from beyond the arc and 77.6 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 50.5 rebounds per game.

The Thunder are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The Rockets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games. The under is 9-4 in Rockets last 13 overall. The under is 5-2 in Rockets last 7 games as a favorite. The Thunder are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings.

It's concerning the the Houston Rockets need seven games to potentially win this series and a lot of the troubles have ben their own sloppy play. The Rockets have been in control of most games this series and then just fall apart in the final minutes. In game six, the Rockets were up six points with four minutes left and had an 88.7 win probability, and then they turned the ball over a million times. That's why I'm still going with the Rockets in this game, as they are the better team and still have the best player on the court. The Rockets also can't afford to lose this series to the team that's led by the point guard they traded. This would be a massive blow to the Rockets franchise and could spark changes.

I'll give the Rockets one more chance to close out this series.

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