Game 25 Preview: Houston Rockets at Oklahoma City Thunder

This is already the third time this season that the Rockets have faced the Thunder. We're pretty familiar with them. They killed us in OKC, and we pulled out a close one in Houston. Now, the Rockets look to actually win a road game against a good team. Once again, no jump today. Finals, man. They're killer.

Onto the matchups...

PG: Kyle Lowry vs. Russell Westbrook:

I knew Westbrook would be good. But this good? 24/9/5/2? That's incredible. If Lowry can slow him down even a little, that will help a ton.

Advantage: Thunder

SG: Kevin Martin vs. Thabo Sefolosha

Thabo is long and could make K-Mart's night tough. K-Mart had 40 against Cleveland then didn't play well against the Kings. Nice time for a bounce-back game. 

Advantage: Rockets

SF: Shane Battier vs. Kevin Durant

It's Kevin Durant. 'Nuff said. 

Advantage: Thunder

PF: Luis Scola vs. Jeff Green:

I like the Georgetown product, and he's been playing better of late. He'll spread the floor and force Luis to move around. I still like Luis in this one.

Advantage: Rockets

C: Chuck Hayes vs. Serge Ibaka:

Krstic is ruled out, so Ibaka will start. He's averaging 10/6 but is athletic and could grab a bunch of offensive boards if the Rockets don't box him out.

Advantage: Even

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Bench:

Thunder: D.J. White, James Harden, Eric Maynor, Nick Collison, Royal Ivey

Rockets: Ish Smith, Courtney Lee, Brad Miller, Jordan Hill, Chase Budinger, Jared Jeffries

Advantage: Even

Injuries:

Thunder: Nenad Krstic out

Rockets: Brooks out, Yao out

Prediction: Rockets hang for a half, lose

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