First game of the seven game series if need be. No home court advantage. Both teams will be looking to set the tone. A major wrinkle in this game is R. Westbrook being out for the Houston Rockets. Although I wouldn’t put too much stock into that lone issue.
Chris Paul’s leadership and skills along with supporting cast will be game for the tough test of beating the Rockets. James Harden will have to step up big again with Westbrook out. Harden is known to struggle in the playoffs and this is a tall order to fill against a Thunder team that can turn it on at anytime.
Both teams have a similar style and favor shooting the 3 ball. The Thunder have an impressive FG% at 46.8% and rank 7th in the NBA. Opposed to the Houston Rockets who rank 22nd.
My wager: OVER 225 (-110)