Rockets vs. Thunder Game 3 Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Sports Interaction Staff | Updated Aug 21, 2020

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The Rockets broke their own NBA record, yet again, with 56 three-point attempts, sinking 19, in a 111-98 Game 2 win over the Thunder.

Houston
44-28
AT
August 22, 2020, 6:00 PM ET
HP Field House
Pointspread -2.5 -110
Moneyline -135
Over / Under o +223

86%

Betting Action

14%

Pointspread +2.5 -110
Moneyline +115
Over / Under u +223

86%

Betting Action

14%

The Thunder are still very much in this series, but a loss in Game 3 would put them in a nearly impossible hole to climb out of. The Rockets opened as 3-point favourites for Saturday’s Game 3 on the NBA odds.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

The Rockets are now 5-1 against the spread in their last six playoff games as 0.5 to 4.5 point favourites while the Thunder are 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. The under is 10-4 in the Thunder’s last 14 and 8-0 in the Rockets last eight games playing on one day’s rest.

Interesting side note: the Rockets are now the only team in NBA history with at least 50 3-point attempts in a single playoff game and they have actually done it five different times.

Houston Rockets

Despite breaking their own 3-point attempts record, it was a defensive win for the Rockets in Game 2. Houston is undersized physically compared to the Thunder, but it’s the athleticism that is winning out for the Rockets. Houston was able to hold the Thunder to just 39 points in the second half of Game 2 and recorded eight steals over the entire game, including three each from James Harden and Robert Covington. After giving up an average of 114.8 points per game during the regular season (23rd in the league), Houston has held the Thunder to 108 and 98 points in the first two games of this series.

The average completed three-pointers might not look pretty for the Rockets, but they’re certainly not afraid to shoot from deep. After a league-record 56 three-point attempts, the Rockets finished with 19 successful three’s. James Harden led the team with 21 points, five rebounds and nine assists, while Daniel House Jr. had 19 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Despite missing all ten of his three-point attempts, Eric Gordon finished with 15 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Game 2 showed the Thunder can play at the Rockets level. In the first half the Thunder shot at 50 per cent and after dominating the second quarter they led 59-53 at the half. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 31 points, while Danilo Gallinari chipped in with 17 points and Chris Paul added 14 points on 6-for-15 shooting.

Gilgeous-Alexander looked like a different player. After dropping just nine points and going 2-of-8 from the free throw line in Game 1, he bounced back with a 31 point, six rebound and two assist performance in Game 2. The Thunder also went on an 11-0 run in the third quarter to take a one-point lead into the fourth, before the Rockets exploded.

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