Rockets vs. Thunder Game 5 Predictions For NBA Playoffs Odds 5/1/13

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The Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder are going to square off in Game 5 of their playoff series in a crucial NBA betting affair on May 1st. Join us here at Cappers Info, as we make our predictions for basketball for what should be a great game on Wednesday.

NBA Predictions: Houston Rockets @ Oklahoma City Thunder
Date: Wednesday, May 1st, 9:30 ET
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
NBA Betting Odds: Oklahoma City -8.5
Rockets vs. Thunder NBA TV Schedule: TNT

Thunder Lead Series 3-1

If there was any thought that perhaps the Rockets could get back into the Western Conference Quarterfinals after falling behind Oklahoma City 3-0, they certainly answered the bell. Houston came up with a gritty 105-103 win in Game 4 of this series, and it proved that it has the goods to get the job done without its star really being at his best. G James Harden turned the ball over 10 times, and he only made four shots from the field for the game, yet the team was able to rally around him in spite of his deficiencies to win the game. Remember that G Jeremy Lin didn’t play in Game 4 either. The Rockets overcame adversity for sure. Oklahoma City really hasn’t yet. The Thunder haven’t really looked the parts of the favorites in the Western Conference yet in this series, as they really only have one dominating game under their belts, and they clearly are going to be in some trouble going forward without G Russell Westbrook. They simply haven’t figured out how to play without him, as the ball is largely just getting in the hands of F Kevin Durant, who doesn’t give up the basketball. Durant is a superior talent, and he might be able to win this game by himself, but he isn’t going to cover this game by himself, that’s for sure. We want the points on our side in a game that might be a heck of a lot closer than the Thunder would like to see it be.

Rockets @ Thunder Game 5 Pick: Houston Rockets +8.5
Rockets @ Thunder Score Prediction: Thunder 100 – Rockets 97

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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