Houston Rockets (44-28, fourth in the Western Conference during the regular season) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (44-28, fifth in the Western Conference during the regular season)
Lake Buena Vista, Florida; Saturday, 6 p.m. EDT
LINE: Rockets -3; over/under is 224
WESTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND: Houston leads series 2-0
BOTTOM LINE: The Houston Rockets take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference first round with a 2-0 lead in the series. The Rockets won the previous matchup 111-98. James Harden scored 21 points to help lead Houston to the victory and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander recorded 31 points in defeat for Oklahoma City.
The Thunder have gone 27-19 against Western Conference teams. Oklahoma City is 43-17 in games when scoring more than 100 points.
The Rockets are 28-19 against conference opponents. Houston leads the Western Conference scoring 117.8 points per game while shooting 45.1%.
TOP PERFORMERS: Danilo Gallinari leads the Thunder averaging 2.9 made 3-pointers, and is scoring 18.7 points per game while shooting 40.5% from beyond the arc. Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 15.5 points and 3.8 rebounds while shooting 40.1% over the last 10 games for Oklahoma City.
Harden has shot 44.4% and is averaging 34.3 points for the Rockets. Jeff Green is averaging 15.3 points and 3.3 rebounds while shooting 54.2% over the last 10 games for Houston.
LAST 10 GAMES: Thunder: 4-6, averaging 106.7 points, 45.2 rebounds, 19.9 assists, 6.7 steals and 3.9 blocks per game while shooting 43.2% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 110.9 points on 44.5% shooting.
Rockets: 6-4, averaging 115.6 points, 39 rebounds, 22.8 assists, 9.8 steals and 4.6 blocks per game while shooting 43.2% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 115.5 points on 46.4% shooting.
INJURIES: Thunder: None listed.
Rockets: Luc Mbah a Moute: out (knee), Russell Westbrook: out (quad).
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
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