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Game 25 Preview: Houston Rockets at Oklahoma City Thunder

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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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