NBA Picks: Thunder vs. Rockets Game 6

Steven Suarez

Friday, May 3, 2013 1:11 PM UTC

Friday, May. 3, 2013 1:11 PM UTC

The Rockets have made this series very interesting as they head back to Houston for Game 6. Can Houston hold out for another win to force a Game 7? Find out who we are backing with our NBA picks in this situation.

Odds Overview 

Even with Russell Westbrook done for playoffs, many thought the Thunder would have won this series by now, but the Rockets have battled very hard and are still in this thing. 

For Game 6, Houston is favored by a point, while the total is either at 206 or 206.5 depending on where you look. So far the UNDER is 4-1 in the series, with Houston covering ATS in three of the five games.

Take a look at our NBA Picks of the Day article for more free plays. 

Oklahoma City Thunder 

It's time to start worrying if you're a Thunder fan. They've lost two straight now and are going to need something special to win a Game 6 in what should be a crazy environment in Houston. 

In Game 5, Oklahoma City shot 41.9 percent overall and 24.2 percent (8-of-33) from beyond the arc. They did a nice job of limiting their mistakes (nine total turnovers), but in the end they just didn't make enough plays down the stretch. 

Kevin Durant did his best to lead the troops and put up another admirable stat-line. He finished with 36 points on 11-of-23 shooting and added seven assists and seven rebounds, though he was just 1-of-8 from three-point range. 

The only other two players to contribute for Oklahoma City, at least offensively, were Reggie Jackson and Serge Ibaka. Jackson had 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting and Ibaka had 14 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks in the loss. 

It was, however, a truly terrible night for Kevin Martin, who hit 1-of-10 shots off the bench for three points. He missed all five of his three-point attempts. 

Houston Rockets 

The Rockets came through in a big way for backers as 8.5-point underdogs coming into Game 5. They led by as many as 16 and survived numerous runs from the home team to get a massive win. 

Houston set the tone early, jumping out to an early lead and holding on despite some nervy moments in the fourth quarter. 

In all, the Rockets shot 47.2 percent overall and 40.0 percent (14-of-35) from deep. James Harden had 31 points on 10-of-16 shooting, including an impressive 7-of-9 from three, and added eight boards and three assists. 

It wasn't just a one-man show though. Five other Rockets scored in double figures, with Francisco Garcia (18/5/3), Chandler Parsons, Patrick Beverley, and even Aaron Brooks helping the cause. 

We have to give a lot of credit to Omer Asik as well, who all but eliminated any chance for Oklahoma City to get back in the game with his free-throw shooting. The Thunder intentionally fouled him numerous times, but the big man stepped up and made 13-of-18 (72 percent) of his freebies, well above his season average.


Game 6 Pick 

What a series we've got on our hands now. The Rockets have not only avoided the sweep but now have a more than reasonable chance to force a Game 7 back in OKC. 

We believe they'll get the job done. 

Houston has gone with a speed-heavy offense to disrupt Oklahoma City's flow on both ends of the court, and it's worked out well. The introduction of Brooks has been a nice touch, while Garcia is playing exceptionally well in place of the injured Jeremy Lin. 

Momentum can be a dangerous thing and the Thunder are finding that out the hard way. The Rockets are full of confidence now, and when it comes to placing our NBA picks we think they'll even up the series. 

NBA Pick: Houston Rockets -1
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