Wednesday, April 19, 2017
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The Oklahoma City Thunder travel to Toyota Center to play the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in Game 2 of their Playoff series. The Rockets lead the series 1-0. The opening line for this matchup has Houston as 7.5 point favorites.
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The Thunder finished the regular season with an overall record of 47-35. They were 2nd in the Northwest Division. They had a point differential of 0.8 as they averaged 106.6 points per game while giving up 105.8 per contest. The Rockets had a regular season record of 55-27. They finished the year 2nd in the Southwest Division. They averaged 115.3 points per game and surrendered 109.6, good for a point differential of 5.7.
Valuable Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Trends
The Oklahoma City Thunder are 45-36-1 against the spread
The Oklahoma City Thunder are 33-43-6 against the over/under
Important Houston Rockets Betting Trends
The Houston Rockets are 42-39-1 against the spread
The Houston Rockets are 41-40-1 against the over/under
Key Oklahoma City Thunder Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key Houston Rockets Injuries
04/02/17 F Sam Dekker Hand out indefinitely
Russell Westbrook comes into this contest averaging 31.6 points per game while playing 34.6 minutes per night so far this season for the Thunder. He pulls down 10.7 rebounds per game and dishes out 10.4 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 43% while his free throw percentage is currently at 85%. Steven Adams averages 11.3 points per game in 29.9 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.1 assists per contest and 7.7 rebounds per game for Oklahoma City. His field goal percentage is 57% for the year while his free throw percentage is 61%.
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Eric Gordon averages 16.2 points per game while playing 31 minutes per contest this year for the Rockets. He grabs 2.7 rebounds per game and has 2.5 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 41% and his free throw percentage currently is at 84%. James Harden averages 29.1 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 36.4 minutes per contest. He also averages 8.1 rebounds per contest and 11.2 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is 85%.
Useful Team Statistics
Oklahoma City averages 106.6 points per contest this season which ranks them 11th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 0.76 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them ranked 17th. Behind the arc they shoot 33% which is good for 30th in the league. They average 46.6 rebounds per game and 21 assists per game which ranks them 1st and 25th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 7th with 15 per game. The Thunder allow 105.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 16th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 19th and 14th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 40.7 rebounds a game which ranks 3rd and they give up 21.4 assists per contest which puts them in 6th place in the league. They force 13.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 13th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Houston averages 115.3 points per game this year which ranks them 2nd in the league. Their average scoring margin is 5.77 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them sitting in the 12th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 15th in the NBA. They average 44.4 rebounds per game and 25.2 assists per contest which ranks them 9th and 4th respectively. In the turnover department the Rockets rank 6th with 15.1 per game. The Rockets allow 109.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 26th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 23rd and 3rd in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 44.1 rebounds a game which ranks 19th and they give up 24.1 assists per contest which puts them in 26th place in the league. The Rockets force 15.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 26th in the NBA.
The Thunder have an offensive rating of 108.3 and a defensive rating of 107.5. In terms of pace they average 97.8 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 50%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they shoot 3 pointers on 30% of their shots. Oklahoma City turns the ball over an average of 13.2 times per 100 possessions and they force 12.5 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 51%.
The Rockets rating on offense is 114.7 and they have a defensive rating of 109. They get 100 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 55%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 58% and they attempt 3 pointers on 46% of their shot attempts. Houston turns the ball over on 13.3 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 13.2 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 52%.
Who will win tonight's Thunder/Rockets NBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Houston -7.5
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