NBA Picks: Thunder vs. Rockets Game 4

Steven Suarez

Monday, April 29, 2013 1:34 PM GMT

Monday, Apr. 29, 2013 1:34 PM GMT

Kevin Durant willed the Thunder to a Game 3 in Houston. Can he come up with some more magic and lead OKC to the sweep? Find out where we are placing our NBA picks in this matchup.


Odds Overview

The Rockets find themselves as 1.5-point underdogs on their home floor for tonight's matchup. So far in the series, Oklahoma City has covered in Games 1 and 3, with Houston cashing in Game 2. 

Totals for the series have been quite sharp so far, though the UNDER has hit in all three games. Tonight you can find the O/U at 206 at most online sportsbooks, while 206.5 can also be locked down if you shop around. 

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Oklahoma City Thunder 

A crazy Game 3 saw the Thunder relinquish a 26-point lead, only for them to hold on for a three-point win to get one step closer to the next round. 

It couldn't have been a better start for Oklahoma City. They went up 39-19 after the first quarter and looked to be in cruise control, but the Rockets battled back and made a game of it. 

In all, the Thunder did enough, despite shooting 37.9 percent from the floor. They were protective with the ball, only committing 11 total turnovers as a team. Oklahoma City was also fantastic at the line, hitting 28-of-30, including a number of clutch free throws down the stretch. 

Kevin Durant thrived with the extra responsibility, scoring 41 points on 13-of-30 shooting and adding 14 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block. He was 4-of-9 from beyond the arc and 11-of-13 from te line. 

Fill-in starter Reggie Jackson had 14 points, while Serge Ibaka stepped up and posted 17 points, 11 rebounds, and two blocks. Kevin Martin, Derek Fisher, and Nick Collison had 27 points between them off the bench. 

How much will the loss of Russell Westbrook hurt the Thunder?

Houston Rockets 

You have to credit Houston for never giving in and fighting their way back in Game 3. It was a testament to their character and heart, and that's what should keep them competitive once again in Game 4. 

James Harden ended up with 30 points, eight rebounds, six assists, two steals, and two blocks, while Chandler Parsons had his best game of the series with a 21/7/7 line. The pair had to step up even more with Jeremy Lin still banged up. 

Elsewhere, both Francisco Garcia and Carlos Delfino hit some big shots in the fourth quarter. They combined for 29 points, with Garcia dropping 18 on 7-of-13 shooting. 

Still, all of the second-half heroics weren't enough in the end and we're curious to see what kind of response Houston will have. Will they mail it in or come out with even more energy tonight? 

It's a humongous hole for the Rockets to climb out of now. Even if they do keep the series alive tonight, they'll have a hard time doing so back in Oklahoma City.

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Game 4 Pick 

The Rockets have essentially no hope of winning the series, but we do like them to get the win tonight to extend this thing a little longer. 

Oklahoma City may not have the same kind of urgency now that they've built up a cushion, so we expect Houston to take advantage and get a pride victory in this spot. 

Throughout the season and in the playoffs, the Rockets have gone 24-18 against the spread on their home floor. Let's roll with Harden and company to add another win to that record tonight as they look to give the fans something to cheer about. 

NBA Pick: Houston Rockets +1.5

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