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Oklahoma City Thunder versus Houston Rockets Pick Prediction NBA Playoffs Game 1 Lines Odds Preview 4-21-2013


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The 45-37 Houston Rockets will travel for a Game 1 of their NBA Playoff best of seven series with the 60-22 Oklahoma City Thunder in a pro basketball game on Sunday night. Tip off time from Oklahoma City is scheduled for 9:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by TNT.

The pro basketball odds from this game one of the NBA playoffs has the home team Oklahoma City Thunder favored by -10 points with an over under line of 213 points. There has been no line movement in this NBA game since the odds came out a few hours ago.

The Rockets and Thunder have met three times this season with OKC winning and covering two of the three games. One game was played at Oklahoma City where they pounded the Rockets 120-98 as a -10 ½ point betting favorite way back on November 28th. All three meetings played over the total.

The Rockets have a road record of 16-25 on the year. Houston had clinched a playoff spot in the early parts of the month. They had no shot for home court advantage in the first round and lost three of their past four games to fall to the eighth position. Houston is a fast paced team that really pushes the tempo fast and as a result the team was number two in the league in scoring offense as they push across 106 points a game. They are ninth in the league in field goal and three point shooting. Their lack of size greatly impacts Houston on the defensive end of the court. The Rockets are 28th and third worst in the NBA in points allowed as opponents average 102.5 points a game against Houston. The Rockets are in the bottom half of the league in defensive field goal and three point shooting defense.

The Thunder is 34-7 playing on their home court. OKC was battling the San Antonio Spurs for the number one seed out west and went on a 6-1 stretch late to preserve home court for the first three rounds of the playoffs. A key win came on April 4th as the team at the time was chasing San Antonio and came away with a 100-88 victory that gave the Thunder the tiebreaker advantage. They followed that up with huge wins at Indiana, Utah, Golden St and Portland to take control of the Western conference. The Thunder is an outstanding offensive team ranking in the top three in all four critical areas which are points a game, field goal, three point and free throw shooting. The team pushes across 105.7 points a game and makes 48.1% of their shots. If you are behind and looking to foul to get back into the game good luck. OKC is the number one free throw shooting team making 82.8% from the charity stripe. Like any team you can find some blemishes and they can be a bit turnover prone from time to time especially in critical moments in games. Many consider this OKC as an offensive juggernaut but this team is committed on defense. They rank in the top nine in all three key areas. Oklahoma City is number two in the NBA in defensive field goal percentage by limiting team to just 42.5% shooting.