Western Conference Quarterfinals Picks: Game 3 Thunder vs. Rockets 4/27

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The 2013 NBA playoffs continue on Saturday, April 27th with the Game 3 clash between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets. Our Rockets vs. Thunder predictions are as good as you’ll find on the internet, and we have the right play that you need to make in this game to win money betting the NBA.

Free NBA Picks: Oklahoma City Thunder @ Houston Rockets
Date: Saturday, April 27th, 9:30 ET
Location: Toyota Center, Houston, TX
NBA Betting Odds: Oklahoma City -1
Thunder @ Rockets On TV Live: ESPN

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Thunder Lead Series 2-0

Are the Thunder really going to be in some trouble now that they don’t have G Russell Westbrook? There’s a good argument that could be made for that to be the case. However, we just don’t think that there’s that much going on that is going to be different between the Thunder and the Rockets. Houston came close in Game 2 to pulling off the upset, but we just don’t think that this is going to be a series that comes back to the Sooner State. We’re not going to say that Oklahoma City is actually better without Westbrook in the lineup, but there is a good chance that it is going to be alright. This is a chance for G Kevin Martin to potentially step back into the starting lineup and shine, and this is where having G Derek Fisher is really going to turn out to pay dividends when push comes to shove. He isn’t going to be playing 35+ minutes, nor will he be scoring 25+ points as we have come to expect out of Westbrook, but that’s not what is going to be needed. Fisher just needs to be a calming influence on the team, and he needs to keep the pace of this game down just a bit. If that turns out to be the case, we think that the experience of the Thunder will do the rest of the damage, as they go into the Lone Star State and effectively end this series on Saturday night.

Thunder @ Rockets Game 3 Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder -1
Thunder @ Rockets Game 3 Score Prediction: Thunder 105 – Rockets 101

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Cappersinfo.com 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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