Results: W, $200Analysis:
It's rare to see the Thunder getting this many points. But that's
what happens after the Rockets destroyed the Thunder, 118-87, in
Sunday's Game 1.
I don't see a repeat.
James Harden is a strong MVP candidate and Houston has the No. 2
ranked offense. But their defense isn't nearly as good as it looked
in Game 1. Not only did Russell Westbrook have a rare off-game,
missing 17 of 23 shots from the floor while committing nine
turnovers, but shooting guard Victor Oladipo made only one of 12
shots from the floor. Oklahoma City's front line also played poorly
losing the rebound battle by 15 boards.
I see the prideful Westbrook and Oklahoma City bouncing back. The
Thunder's underrated frontcourt shouldn't get outrebounded by the
Rockets and Westbrook is due some calls in his personal battle with
Harden, who schooled him in the opener of the series.
Oklahoma City improved its road play down the stretch winning seven
of its last nine regular season away contests while going 6-3 ATS.
The Thunder also have covered five of the last six times when
playing on two days rest.
Until shellacking the Thunder, the Rockets had failed to cover in
their last nine games.
Pick Made: Apr 19 2017 4:55AM PST