Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

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Houston Rockets (4-5) at Oklahoma City Thunder (6-4)

NBA Regular Season, Thursday, 8 of November, 2018 at Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK at 8:00 PM E.T

The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder +4.5 — Over/Under: 214.5

Free NBA Pick: Houston Rockets Vs Oklahoma City Thunder

They have played a total of 216 games in the regular season, of which the Rockets have 107 victories to their name while the Thunder have 109 victories to their name.

Houston Rockets: The Rockets have had the upper hand against the Thunder, in the recent past. They have won 7 out of their last 10 encounters against the Thunder. This fueled by the fact that they come into the match, on the back of three straight wins, the last one being over the Indiana Pacers while still away from home, means they are surging with confidence. The Rockets won 98 to 94 against the Pacers, and scored 44.2% of the Field goals and earned 31.9% of the 3-Points. James Harden led the Rockets with 28 points and six assists in the win. He has  27.8 points per game while grabbing five boards and dishing out 8.2 assists a night. Apart from Harden, Eric Gordon puts up 15 points per contest while Clint Capela averages 15.6 points plus 11.3 rebounds a night. PJ Tucker and Carmelo Anthony (14.7 points) are key secondary option on the wing this season.

Unlike most teams in the Western Conference, the Rockets seem to quite a remarkable defensive attack, but they seem to lack in their offensive play. This is proved by the fact that they are 25th in the league with 105.3 points per game. Houston is 25th in rebounding with 42 boards per game and 26th with 21.3 assists a night. The injury scare looming over Harden seems to have mitigated but the one on Nene has aggravated, as it seems that his recovery of the calf injury has been delayed for another couple of weeks.

Oklahoma City Thunder: If they Rockets have been enjoying a winning streak, the Thunder have been doing so for a longer time, having won 6 games in a row. The fact that they will be hosting will definitely play in their favour having better crowd support than most other teams. This match against the Rockets will see them playing back to back matches, having just won against the Cleveland Cavaliers 95 to 86, only yesterday. The Thunder scored 41.7% of the field goals and earned 25.9% of the 3-points. The team was devoid of Russell WestBrook, who sprained his ankle against the Pelicans and it seems that he might not be able to take court against the Rockets either. Dennis Schroder, filling in for the injured Russell Westbrook, had 28 points and seven boards to lead the Thunder in the win. Roberson too, is still out until at least December after rupturing his patellar tendon on January 27.

Though the Thunder do not have a top notch offensive game, at least their’s is better than that of the Rockets’ and that could well be the turning point of the game. Oklahoma City is 10th in the league in rebounding with 46.3 boards per contest. The Thunder is 23rd in assists with 22.4 per game. Oklahoma City is 16th in the league in scoring defense as they allowed 111.3 points a night. In the absence of Westbrook, players like Jerian Grant, Corey Brewer, Terrance FergusonAndre Roberson, Raymond Felton, Alex Abrines and Patrick Patterson have to make their presence known on both ends.

Cover The Spread Betting Trends.

Houston Rockets:

Houston is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston’s last 6 games.

Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road.

The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Houston’s last 10 games on the road.

Houston is 12-5-1 ATS in its last 18 games when playing Oklahoma City.

Houston is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing Oklahoma City.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston’s last 5 games when playing Oklahoma City.

Houston is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City.

Houston is 7-14 SU in its last 21 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City.

The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Houston’s last 15 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City Thunder:

Oklahoma City is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games.

Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oklahoma City’s last 6 games.

Oklahoma City is 4-8-1 ATS in its last 13 games at home.

Oklahoma City is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oklahoma City’s last 5 games at home.

Oklahoma City is 5-12-1 ATS in its last 18 games when playing Houston.

Oklahoma City is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games when playing Houston.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma City’s last 5 games when playing Houston.

Oklahoma City is 1-7-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing at home against Houston.

Oklahoma City is 14-7 SU in its last 21 games when playing at home against Houston.

The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Oklahoma City’s last 15 games when playing at home against Houston.

Free NBA Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder Vs Houston Rockets.

Both the teams have been experiencing a rich vein of form recently, which means that this will be one cracking Western Conference encounter. However, the injuries that have affected both the rosters, one more so than the other, which will decide the fate of the match. Without Westbrook, the undermanned Thunder will have to play back to back matches without their star player, which will definitely dampen their shooting form, further. Though, the Rockets don’t really have a great offensive game either, they have at least have great record against the Thunder! If Dennis Schroder does put up a good show, although the shoes he has to fill are infinitely large and other manage to buck up, they might just be able to stop the Rockets from scoring, after all most teams have found it easy.

Free NBA Pick: Houston Rockets -4.5

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