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Game-by-Game Predictions for Houston Rockets' Series with Oklahoma City Thunder

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Game-by-Game Predictions for Houston Rockets' Series with Oklahoma City Thunder
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How will this battle of high-scoring squads unfold?

Finally! The real NBA season begins, and we have the fortune of getting a first-round playoff matchup that will certainly be one for the ages.

That's because an Oklahoma City Thunder-Houston Rockets series means the various subplots will be just as entertaining as the on-court action.

James Harden battles his old teammates, the league's former scoring champ in Kevin Durant battles Jeremy Lin of Linsanity fame, and we all get to watch it live starting Sunday, April 21, at 9:30 p.m. on TNT.

Aside from the side stories, how will the big picture ultimately unfold?

Well, there will be scoring, and lots of it.

Houston and OKC are both the second and third highest scoring teams respectively, and both are in the top 10 as far as offensive efficiency is concerned. 

While both squads love to score, only the Thunder are a solid scoring defense. The Rockets are the third worst scoring defense in the league, whereas the Thunder are the 10th best. 

Vegas and offshore bookmakers alike have OKC as heavy favorites, and considering how the past matchups have gone, it makes sense that they're favored as such. 

The Thunder won the first two games during the regular season by margins of 22 and 20, but Houston won the last game of the regular season by three points.

While regular-season matchups are great and all, they can't necessarily predict how a seven-game series will play out.

Will this battle even go seven games? Well, it's time to break down how each game of Rockets-Thunder will play out.

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