Sunday night will feature the start of the final NBA playoffs Game 1 for the first round on the schedule this weekend. It will also be a battle between the two frontrunners most of this season for NBA MVP: James Harden and Russell Westbrook. The two former teammates will now go head-to-head as Harden's No. 3 seed Houston Rockets host Westbrook's No. 6 seed Oklahoma City Thunder. Here's a look at the game preview, odds, as well as how to watch the Thunder vs. Rockets live streaming online or via television Sunday night.

OKC vs. Houston preview

Russell Westbrook officially averaged a triple-double for his regular season and basically willed his team into the postseason. The Thunder start out as No. 6 seeds in their first playoff series since Kevin Durant's departure for the Golden State Warriors. While Westbrook also recently made NBA history with his 42nd triple-double of this season, James Harden has also been putting together an impressive season of his own.

Many analysts and fans contend that Harden deserves this year's MVP award for taking his team to the No. 3 seed in the West behind his near triple-double average. The fact that Westbrook has been getting all the attention as of late could be plenty of incentive for James Harden to show why he deserves the award.

Over the past season, the two teams met four times with the Houston Rockets winning the series 3-1.

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The most recent meeting came on Sunday, March 26th with Westbrook getting 39 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds. However, it was James Harden's team that captured a 137-125 win thanks to their newest acquisition this season: Lou Williams of the Lakers. OKC also picked up new players during the course of the season with Chicago Bulls' Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott now on the roster. Many believe that this could be one of the more intriguing first-round matchups and that anything can happen when Westbrook and Harden are on the court.

The two former Oklahoma City teammates will now be on display, with the Rockets expected to win the first game and the series.

The point spread for tonight's game shows the home team as seven-point favorites or -310 on the moneyline. Oklahoma City will be a +260 underdog in this pivotal first game of the series. Tonight's over/under points total is 227.5 points for the complete game in Houston. Neither team is particularly impressive against the spread in this spot as OKC is 16-24-1 away and Houston is 20-21 ATS at home.

How to watch Game 1 live

Game 1 of the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets goes live at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday night. For live television coverage of the game, viewers can watch on their corresponding channel for TNT. In addition, cable and satellite subscribers with TNT included in their channel package may be able to log into the TNTDrama website or any compatible TNT mobile apps to see a Thunder vs.

Rockets live streaming feed.

For a potential free option to see today's game online with a live stream feed, anyone with a hi-speed internet connection and valid payment method may be able to sign up for a free one-week trial of SlingTV. The channel streaming service allows customers to see TNT as part of its middle tier package, Sling Orange, for the next week, which could include coverage of multiple NBA playoff games. See more details at Sling.com.

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