Rockets vs. Thunder, NBA playoff 2017 odds: Houston a small road underdog for Game 3

The Houston Rockets are 11-3 straight up and 10-3-1 against the spread in their last 14 games against the Oklahoma City Thunder. All three of those outright losses came in Oklahoma City, where the Rockets will try to earn a 3-0 series lead with a win this Friday night in Game 3.

Houston is a 2.5-point road underdog in Oklahoma City at sportsbooks monitored by The Rockets are 5-4 SU and 7-1-1 ATS in their last nine games as a road underdog.

Jason Verrett Womens Jersey This series began with a heavy weight on the shoulders of Celtics star Isaiah Thomas, as his sister died in a car crash the day before the series opener. Thomas played through the tragedy and scored 33 points in Game 1, but Boston fell short in a 106-102 loss. After being blown out in Game 2, 111-97, it appeared that the Celtics were in deep trouble heading back to Chicago.

It’s possible that a team of Boston’s caliber might have fought its way back into this series without Rajon Rondo going down with a broken thumb, but that injury has certainly helped the Celtics’ cause. Chicago averaged 108.5 points per game with Rondo running the offense, highlighted by an impressive 14-assist effort in Game 2. That production dipped down to 91 points per game in Rondo’s absence over the last two games.

The Bulls are 5-2 SU and 7-0 ATS in their last seven games as a road underdog, and will try to pull off an upset Wednesday without their star point guard.

Wednesday’s total is set at 202 points on the NBA lines. The OVER is 7-0 in Chicago’s last seven games as a road dog.
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The complexion of the series has changed with Rondo’s injury and Boston now has the momentum entering Game 5. If the Bulls hope to turn things around, they’ll need to figure things out on offense in a hurry.

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