Rockets Look For Breakthrough in Game 4 Against Thunder

NBA Playoff Odds – Rockets Look For Breakthrough in Game 4 Against Thunder
By Charles Jay, Exclusive to BangTheBook.com

The Houston Rockets have been coming up short against the Oklahoma City Thunder of late, and you can’t blame for thinking about what could have been especially with one of OKC’s star players out. The Rockets will get an opportunity to put a win on the board on Monday night as they face the Thunder at the Toyota Center, with game time scheduled for 9:35 PM ET.

Let’s take a quick look at the matchup we’ll be talking about:

Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets
Game 4 – West Playoffs (Thunder leads 3-0)
Monday, April 29 – 9:35 PM ET
Toyota Center – Houston

Houston has lost the last two games by a total of six points, so you know they are thinking that they can make up the difference here, in this situation that has to be characterized as desperate.

This is how the NBA playoff odds stack up as they are listed at BetAnySports on this game:

BetAnySports.comOklahoma City Thunder -1
Houston Rockets +1

Over 206 Points  -110
Under 206 Points  -110

Houston got blown away in Game 1 of this series, losing by 29 points and generally getting overwhelmed. But the Rockets have had a legitimate shot to win each of the last two games. In Game 2 they pulled down 18 offensive rebounds, which has to be a surprise, and on Saturday they experienced something different in that they were lining up against a Thunder squad that was without Russell Westbrook, the All-Star guard who has been ruled out for the duration with a knee injury.

It was the Thunder, an underdog in the line at BetAnySports, that came out as if they were the team that had gotten the emotional boost. They almost blew the Rockets off the court in the first quarter, getting off to a 39-19 lead, but though things looked bleak at that point, Houston kept whittling away until they actually took the lead late in the fourth quarter.  But Oklahoma City, behind a miracle three-pointer by Kevin Durant, which looked very much like the famous Don Nelson shot for the Celtics in Game 7 of the 1969 NBA Finals against the Lakers (for those who can remember it) and a couple of free throws from youngster Reggie Jackson, had enough to pull the game out.

Obviously, an Oklahoma City team that does not have Westbrook is not going to be as highly regarded as one that has him in the lineup and healthy, and so even though the Thunder are the #1 seed in the Western Conference, they are not the favorites as far as the NBA playoff odds at BetAnySports are concerned. The San Antonio Spurs are +120 to advance to the Finals, while OKC is +150. By the way, everyone else is pretty much a longshot.

The aforementioned Jackson, starting in place of Westbrook in Game 3, had 14 points, while Derek Fisher, who shared time with him, scored nine but had the team’s highest plus-minus rating at +14. James Harden, who will be relied on heavily on Monday night, has shot only 37% in this series and 19% from beyond the arc, but he’s averaging 28.7 ppg because he has been to the line 42 times (making 34). As a team, the Rockets have shot 39.6% for the series, but they have done a great job getting to the stripe (108 times in three games). We think they can get over the hump and extend things, so we will grab the Rockets in our $1 Million Charles Jay / BetAnySports Spring-Summer Showdown (a simulation) to the tune of a $20,000 play. After a rough patch in these NBA playoffs, we’re on the comeback trail.

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