Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Game 1 NBA Pick

The Rockets, who dropped to the eight seed in the Western Conference play in Oklahoma City against the top seeded Thunder in the opening round of the NBA playoffs. Find NBA playoff odds at Bovada sportsbook.

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The Rockets (45-37) lost their last game of the season against the Los Angeles Lakers, which dropped them from the seventh to the eighth seed in the West. That night, the Lakers were also playing for their playoff lives and ended up passing the Rockets. Two days before that, the Rockets lost to the worst team in the Western Conference, the Phoenix Suns. The Rockets finished the season losing four of their last six games, just after they went on a four game win streak. The Rockets are 1-2 against the Thunder on the season and look to improve on the season that they already had.

The Thunder (60-22) finished with 60 wins and won the title of the best record in the Western Conference. The Miami Heat had the best record in the league with 66 wins. This matchup is intriguing because James Harden, who played for the Thunder until this year, will play his old team in the first round of the playoffs. The Thunder lost their last game but they won seven of their last nine.

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The Rockets are 41-40-1 against the spread and the Thunder are 49-31-2 ATS.The Thunder may have the best chance when it comes to threatening the Heat for the NBA Championship. I do not see them losing the opener to the Rockets at www.sportsbookroom.com.