Free Pick: Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder in NBA Playoffs Game 3

Free Pick: Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder in NBA Playoffs Game 3

Game 3 of the best of 7 series between the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder will be played at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Friday. In this first round series, the third-seeded Houston Rockets lead the series 2-0 over the sixth-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder. The winner of this series will face the winner of the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies series.

The Houston Rockets won 55 games in the regular season, behind Golden State and Houston. The Oklahoma City Thunder are looking to get back to the Western Conference Finals for the second straight season. Last season, with Kevin Durant, the Thunder lost to the Warriors.

The winner of this series will face the winner of the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies series. The Houston Rockets won 55 games in the regular season, behind Golden State and Houston. The Oklahoma City Thunder are looking to get back to the Western Conference Finals for the second straight season.

Last season, with Kevin Durant, the Thunder lost to the Warriors. The Thunder finished 47-35 on the season and won 28 out of 41 games at home. Oklahoma City is in the postseason for the second straight season. The Oklahoma City Thunder are -1 over the Houston Rockets on Friday night.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are a bit of a one man band. The Thunder are led by Russell Westbrook, who recorded the first 50 point triple double in postseason history. The point guard that many are calling the MVP of the league scored just shy of 32 points per game during the regular season. Oklahoma City as a team scored just under 107 points per game.

Steven Adams, the big man for the Thunder finished the season making nearly 58% of his shots. Oklahoma City wrapped up the regular season with a loss at home to the Nuggets but eventually won two out of their last three games and four out of six overall.

The Houston Rockets have an MVP candidate of their own. James Harden finished Wednesday with a team-high 35 points and 8 assists. Harden played in 37 minutes, which was the second highest on the team. The Rockets saw Harden score 29.1 points per game in the regular season, and dish out 11.2 assists per game. Harden did not average double figures in

Harden did not average double figures in rebounds like Westbrook did. Houston has been one of the best offensive teams in the league this season. Houston is scoring 116.5 points per game in the postseason and averaged 115.3 in the regular season. Houston is back in the postseason after missing last year. The Rockets won just 41 games a season ago. With their 55 wins this season though, it marks the third time in four years that the Rockets won 50+ games.

The Rockets won just 41 games a season ago. With their 55 wins this season though, it marks the third time in four years that the Rockets won 50+ games.

Game two was a pretty exciting game, with the Thunder blowing a lead, and then making a late run to get back into the game. The Rockets are the better overall team in this series. Russell Westbrook is the best player on the court and will be quite desperate in this game.

Look for Westbrook to have yet another solid game here. Oklahoma City somehow someway finds a way to win this game at home. The final bet for the Game 3 on Friday is the Oklahoma City Thunder -1 over the Houston Rockets.