Oklahoma City Thunder Form
Despite that loss against the Rockets, Oklahoma City has had a solid season so far considering the amount of talent at their disposal. They’ve covered the spread in 5 of their last 7 games, however they are coming off back-to-back defeats against the Brooklyn Nets and Miami Heat. They weren’t able to crack the 100 point mark in either of those two games and that is the Achilles heel of this team – scoring. They have only 3 players averaging double digit in points, led by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander who is getting 21.6 points a night. Outside of him, nobody else is giving them anything consistently, which is often the case with younger teams. The good news for OKC fans is this game will be played at home where they’ve covered the spread in 7 of their last 8 games against the Rockets.
Houston Rockets Form
At 0-8 on the road this season and a 12-game losing streak I think it’s safe to say the Houston Rockets have hit rock bottom. They are coming off a 34 point defeat at the hands of the Memphis Grizzlies. There seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel for this team, they’ve lost their last 3 games by 34, 26 and 12 points. Maybe a game against the only team they’ve beaten this season could turn things around? The Rockets won their home season opener 124-91 back in October against OKC, but a lot has changed since then. Houston has dropped 15 straight on the road and has managed to cover the spread just once in their 6 home games so far.
Oklahoma City Thunder – Houston Rockets Head to Head
The Rockets losing streak has to come to an end at some point, they haven’t been close in their last 5 games, but tonight that could change as they are facing the only team they’ve beaten this season. With no major injuries to deal with at the moment, I think this is their chance, so let’s back the Rockets to get the away win here.
Betting Tip: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets
Rockets Money Line is available at +145 odds on bet365
Their only chance of winning tonight is if they push the pace. That worked in the first meeting of the season between them when they put up 124 compared to 91 by the Thunder. In that game Christian Wood led the way with 31 points, he is fully healthy and leading the Rockets tonight as well. If we look at the last 10 meetings the two teams have averaged 214.4 points per game which would put us over the total here, but not by a lot. A team like the Thunder won’t wow you with their play on the offensive end, but when facing a team that’s allowing 136 and 115 points in their previous two games, I think even the Thunder can crack the magical 100-point mark here. Houston plays at the fastest pace in the NBA averaging 105 possessions per game, I think because of that we’ll see a ton more shots than we usually do in OKC games and as a result we’ll finish over the total. Bet the points in this one.