Houston Rockets vs Oklahoma City Thunder Game 7 Predictions, Odds & Picks
- Tied at 3-3, the winner of this match will move on to the Western Conference Second Round!
- James Harden leads all scorers with 31.8 points per game.
- Despite Russell Westbrook’s return, he’s been larger ineffective.
City Thunder vs Rockets Odds
|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||+5.5 -110||O 218 -112||+180|
|Houston Rockets||-5.5 -110||U 218 -108||-220|
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City Thunder vs Rockets Predictions and Picks
It’s been a thrilling series that we see swinging in the favour of the Houston Rockets. While OKC’s performance has been admirable, their scoring issues are likely to continue in Game 7.
How to Watch City Thunder vs Rockets
|City Thunder vs Rockets Information|
|What||Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets|
|Where||ESPN Wide World of Sports, Orlando, FL|
|When||Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020; 9:00 PM EST|
|How to Watch/Listen||Watch on ESPN+ here!|
Head-to-Head: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets
|Oklahoma City Thunder||Head-to-Head||Houston Rockets|
|Billy Donovan||Head Coach||Mike D’Antoni|
|44-28 (5th in West, 9th Overall)||Standing||44-28 (4th in West, 8th Overall)|
|110.8 (16th of 30)||Off Rtg||112.9 (6th of 30)|
|108.8 (7th of 30)||Def Rtg||110.1 (14th of 30)|
|98.8 (22nd of 30)||Pace||103.7 (3rd of 30)|
Playoff Leaders (Per Game)
|C. Paul (21.7)||PPG||J. Harden (31.8)|
|S. Adams (12.0)||RPG||P. Tucker (7.5)|
|T-Gilgeous-Alexander, Paul (4.2)||APG||J. Harden (7.8)|
|C. Paul (1.5)||SPG||R. Covington (2.3)|
|L. Dort (1.0)||BPG||R. Covington (1.3)|
|S. Adams (.587)/C. Paul (8.3)||FG%/FGM||R. Covington (.510)/J. Harden (10.3)|
|D. Bazely (.474)/C. Paul (2.2)||3P%/3PM||R. Covington (.486)/J. Harden (4.0)|
OKC Have all the Momentum
The Thunder fought back from down 0-2 to level the series, then did it again after falling to 3-2 before Game 6. With the leadership of Chris Paul and the support of a young core, the Thunder don’t look like the incapable underdogs that some paint them as.
Considering how difficult it is to manage the offensive style of the Houston Rockets, the Thunder deserve a ton of credit for their defence. Keeping the Rockets below 120 points is no easy task, the Thunder have done it in five of their six games played.
OKC showed that they can struggle to score the ball, but their defence will always be there to back them up. In order to take the series for themselves, they must put together the two-way effort that has eluded them all series.
James Harden Needs Help
James Harden is one of the leagues most talented scorers, however, he is left on an island much too often in this series. While he shot 50% from the field in Game 6, his combined 12 turnovers with Russell Westbrook was the cause of their demise.
With so much responsibility on offence, the Rockets reserves must convert efficiently. Eric Gordon, Jeff Green, and Austin Rivers combined to shoot 4-19 on the game for 12 points on the evening.
The Thunder’s team defence is versatile enough to save possessions for them, even if the Rockets execute well. It’s time for Houston’s reserves to step up and help Harden put this series to bed.
Thunder Key Player: (G) Chris Paul
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) September 1, 2020
Nobody thought that Paul would be in this position at the beginning of the season, but here he is. Game 7 in the Western Conference First Round, facing down two league MVPs for the right to move on to the second round.
It won’t be an easy task for Paul, but he showed in Game 6 that he can bear the weight of responsibility on his shoulders if need be. Paul contributed 20 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and three steals in the win over the Rockets in Game 6. Not to mention the game-sealing dagger over Robert Covington.
Paul is the engine that drives this Thunder team and his success will decide if they make it out of the first round. He may take on more of the scoring load, but his playmaking will be crucial to the Thunder taking down the Rockets.
Rockets Key Player: (G) Russell Westbrook
— CJ Fogler #BlackLivesMatter (@cjzero) September 1, 2020
Russell Westbrook is still working himself back from injury, but he needs to make an impact if the Rockets hope to take this series from the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Since his return, Westbrook has shot 39.3% from the field and averaged 3.5 turnovers per game. He was a bit more productive in Game 6, posting 17 points and four rebounds. But he had seven turnovers in the game, including one during their final play.
Russell Westbrook needs to get back to his downhill style of play, where he causes havoc on players in transition and in the paint. His shooting has been off for a while now, so his rim-attack in contrast to Harden’s shooting will be a tough puzzle for the Thunder to solve.
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