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The (47-36) and Six seed Oklahoma City Thunder of the Western Conference Northwest Division are in “SPACE CITY” for game two of their first-round playoff matchup.
Oklahoma City takes on the (56-27) and 3rd Seed Houston Rockets of the Western Conference Southwest. Tip-off is 8:00 PM EST on the TNT Television Network.
The game is on Wednesday. April 19, 2017. The teams will play at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
The best Sports Handicapper believes the Oklahoma City Thunder must use their inside presence in game two of the series.
Star Russell Westbrook can’t do it all, Enes Kanter and Steven Adams must dominate in the post.
Unsung hero Patrick Beverley did a masterful job at both ends of the floor in game one.
Houston can compete with any team in the West, even Golden State.
The Opening Betting Line has the Houston Rockets as a Seven And a Half-Point Home Favorite Against The Point Spread.
The Betting Odds Total is 227 Points for Wednesday’s Western Conference Playoff Game Two contest.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have one of the best players in the National Basketball Association.
Triple double machine Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with twenty-two points in their game one loss in “H-TOWN.”
Backcourt mate Victor Oladipo looked like a deer caught in headlights in his first ever postseason contest. The former Orlando Magic player scored just six points.
Head Coach Billy Donovan must put an emphasis on getting the ball into the post in the second game of the series.
Starting Forward Andre Roberson did an adequate job of scoring and defending. Westbrook and Roberson were the only Thunder players to score in double figures in the first contest.
Taj Gibson had plenty of playoff experience but did not show up Sunday Night.
The former Bulls star must take his game to another level if the Thunder are to advance.
The key to an Oklahoma City victory in game two is to play with a sense of urgency and play inside out basketball.
Bovada.Lv lists the Oklahoma City Thunder at 100 to 1 to win their 2017 NBA Playoff first round series.
The 2017 Houston Rockets beat Oklahoma City soundly in the opening game of the series.
Houston is 9-1 Against The Spread their last ten vs. Oklahoma City, dating back to the 2015 season.
Despite Houston scoring 118-points, the game stayed under the betting odds total.
All-Star guard James Harden poured in thirty-seven points, and Patrick Beverley had twenty-one.
Beverly did a great job defending Russell Westbrook; it almost looked like he got into Westbrook’s head.
It was nearly three years ago that Beverly collided with Westbrook during a timeout in a playoff series causing a season-ending knee injury for Westbrook.
Houston looked like the most impressive of all playoff teams in their game one blowout victory. The key to a Houston victory is to stick to their game plan.
Bovada.Lv lists the 2017 Los Angeles Clippers at 25/1 to win the 2017 NBA Championship.
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