The Houston Rockets will look to avoid elimination once again as they travel in Game 5 of their best of seven NBA playoff opening round series with the Oklahoma City Thunder in a pro basketball game on Wednesday night. Tip off time from Oklahoma City is scheduled for 9:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by TNT.
The NBA odds from this playoff game five has the home team Oklahoma City Thunder favored by -8 ½ points with an over under line of 208 points. There has been no line movement in game five since the odds were released a few hours ago.
The Houston Rockets cut the Oklahoma City margin to 3-1 following a game four 105-103 home victory against the Thunder as a +1 ½ point underdog on Monday night. The game finished over the total of 206 ½ points.
The Rockets outscored OKC 52-43 in the second half in the victory. They made 48.7% of their shots and 12 of 27 came from three point land. Houston got to the free throw line 24 times and made 19 shots. The Rockets survived 22 turnovers. Chandler Parsons led the Rockets with 27 points and 10 rebounds on 11 of 21 shooting. Omer Asik the Rockets center had 17 points and 14 rebounds as he made 7 of his 10 shots. Houston is a solid offense team ranking in the top ten in both field goal and three point shooting. They struggle on the defensive end of the court as they sit in the bottom half of the league in opponents field goal and three point shooting.
The Thunder connected on 48.6% of their shots along with 11 makes from 25 three point shot attempts. It was another solid job from the best free throw shooting team in basketball as they hit on 22 of 25 from the charity stripe. It was a rough night taking care of the basketball for OKC as they commit 22 turnovers. Kevin Durant had 38 points and six assists as he connected on 12 of 16 from the field. Reggie Jackson chipped in with 18 points and three assists as he made 7 of his 18 shots. The Thunder is in the top three in all four key offensive categories. What’s most impressive about this team is they give up 42.5% shooting to opponents good for 2nd best in the NBA even with highly efficient offensive performance this season.