Rockets vs. Thunder Free Pick
ODDS: Oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv have installed the Thunder as 11.5-point favorites over the Rockets, while the over/under total is currently sitting at 212.5 points. Oklahoma City beat Houston 120-91 as a 10.5-point favorite, while the combined score fell under the total of 213.5.
LINE MOVEMENT: The Thunder opened as a 10.5-point favorite but the spread has been bet up to 11.5 at most sports books, while the total opened at 212 but has climbed to 212.5.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the current wagers placed on tonight’s game, 62% of NBA public bettors currently favor the Thunder. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided to get the most updated public betting numbers.
NBA FREE PICK: Take Oklahoma City. According to latest NBA trends, Houston is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. loss, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest. Oklahoma City is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games, 17-6 ATS in their last 23 home games, 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 vs. NBA Southwest, 17-8 ATS in their last 25 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game and home team is 11-3 ATS in the last 14 meetings.
The Rockets (45-38 SU, 41-41-1 ATS, 41-42 O/U) are looking to bounce back after getting crushed in Game. 1. The #8 Rockets have lost three in a row and four of their last five. The #1 Oklahoma City Thunder (61-22 SU, 50-31-2 ATS, 37-44-2 O/U) have won five of their last six games. The Thunder dominated Game 1 without a huge game from Kevin Durant. Russell The problem for the Rockets is power forward Serge Ibaka, who scored 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting. The Thunder also held star guard James Harden to 20 points on 6-of-19 shooting. The difference between these teams is defense. The Rockets attempt to defend, while the Thunder play defense. The Rockets allow 102.7 points per game and Oklahoma City allows 96.4 points. They are really clamping down defensively as they now realize that that's the best way to get back to the Finals. Houston will have troubles again scoring 100 points on the road. The Rockets travel to Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City at 7pmET in the second game of the first round of the NBA Playoffs.
2013 NBA FREE PICK: OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER -11.5