The Thunder host the Rockets in Game 4 of their best-of-seven first round series. Oklahoma City is favored by 1 point on the NBA odds board and the total has been set at 224.
Game 3 was everything we expected from this series, a classic with legendary performances from the two MVP candidates. The Thunder beat the Rockets 115-113 to cut their series lead to 2-1 while proving they can compete against Houston.
Russell Westbrook recorded another triple-double (32 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists) and he finally got help from his teammates.
Taj Gibson finally played the way the Thunder expected when they traded for him, scoring 20 points on 10 of 13 shooting and Victor Oladipo and Andre Roberson made big shots and finished with 12 points apiece.
James Harden scored 44 points with six assists on 11 of 21 shooting for the Rockets but he had a great look on a 3-pointer to win the game at the end and missed.
Lou Williams came through once again with 22 points on 9 of 15 shooting off the bench but Patrick Beverley had his worst game of the series, fouling out and shooting 0 of 6 from the field for one point and a -7 plus/minus (+/-).
The Rockets were just 10 of 35 from 3-point range and they turned the ball over 13 times (the Thunder turned them into 25 points).
The Rockets are 2-7 ATS in April games, 14-18 ATS in the second half of the season and 16-20 ATS when playing against a team with a winning record.
The Thunder are 31-19 ATS as a favorite, 26-15 ATS in home games and 11-6 ATS after scoring 115 points or more.
The Rockets tend to have cold-shooting nights from long distance and when they do, it opens the door for the Thunder to win. Game 3 proved that these two teams are more evenly matched than it seems and it showed us what the Thunder will have to do to win games in this series.
OKC is favored by 1-point on the NBA odds boards and I like their chances in Game 4 because thay finally figured out what they need to do to beat the Rockets. I like the Thunder -1 as one of my NBA picks.