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Game 7 Predictions & Odds: Thunder vs. Rockets
- September 2, 2020
- By Michael Crosson
The second Game 7 of the NBA Bubble will take place on Wednesday when the No. 4 Houston Rockets and No. 5 Oklahoma City Thunder square off in the finale of the opening round series.
- Matchup: Western Conference Game 7
- First Round Series: Series tied 3-3
- Expert Picks: Vegas Insiders
- Venue: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
- Location: Orlando, Florida
- Date: Wednesday, Sep. 2, 2020
- Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
- TV: ESPN
- Bet: BetMGM | BetRivers | FanDuel | PointsBet | All
James Harden (L) and Russell Westbrook look to lift the Rockets to a Game 7 win over the Thunder. (AP)
Betting Odds - Thunder vs. Rockets
The fifth-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder have forced Game 7 against the fourth-seeded Houston Rockets, and James Harden’s crew will head into this series finale as five and a half -point favorites, despite their lack of ability to assert themselves as the superior unit over the course of the first six games.
The ‘over-under’ for this series has split straight down the middle (3-3), similar to how just about everything else has gone so far for Houston and Oklahoma City in this series. Game 7’s total opened at OU 223.5 points, but that number has taken a steep drop all the way down to OU 219 as the public continues to back the ‘under’ which is consistent with most win-or-go-home NBA contests.
- Spread: Houston -5
- Money-Line: Houston -240, Oklahoma City +200
- Total: 219
- Updated Series Price: Houston -240, Oklahoma City +200
Game 6 Recap
Game 6 of this Western Conference playoff series had the Thunder’s name written all over it as everything seemed to come together for Billy Donovan’s team offensively, and they played tremendous perimeter defense for a whole 48 minutes, holding the Rockets to 15 of 44 from downtown.
Chris Paul put his team of young guys on his back down the stretch on Monday like he always does, but he had a little extra something for his former teammate in Game 6 as he went for 22 points in the second half, burying his old squad in crunch time towards the end of their last game.
The last NBA Playoff Game 7 to go ‘over’ its OU total was between the Clippers and Warriors back in 2014. Let’s see if this center-less Rockets and CP3’s Thunder can be the first group of squads to send a Game 7 over the total in the last five years.
Game 6 Betting Results
While side wagers were tight until the final minutes in Game 6, bettors backing the 'under' were smoking cigars early and often as neither team could connect from distance and possession basketball ran the clock early and often in the fourth quarter.
Outcome: Thunder 104 Rockets 100
- Game: Thunder Win, Thunder Cover (+5.5), Under 226
- First Quarter: Rockets Win (25-24), Thunder Cover (+1.5), Under 57.5
- First-Half: Rockets (51-48), Rockets Cover (-2.5), Under 115.5
- Second-Half: Thunder Win (56-49), Thunder Cover (+3), Under 111.5
Thunder vs. Rockets
How to Handicap Game 7
(SU-Straight Up, ATS - Against the Spread, OU - Over-Under)
Thunder Betting Outlook
Inside the Stats
- Overall: 47-31 SU, 47-31 ATS, 38-39-1 O/U
- Bubble: 7-7 SU, 7-7 ATS, 7-7 O/U
What was intended to be a re-building year for Oklahoma City, has resulted in its team playing in a Game 7 against a potential title contender in Houston.
The key to the Thunder’s success this season has been their success in “clutch” moments, as they rank 1st in the NBA this season in contests that have less than a 10-point differential with less than two minutes left in them (30-15).
This can mainly be attributed to CP3 being the league leader in clutch points so far this season (171), as he takes virtually every shot for Donovan’s crew at the end of games.
If Game 7 is close heading into the final minutes the Rockets may find themselves in trouble, but there is no guarantee that will be the case if Houston shoots the three-ball like it did in Game 5