In this high caliber Western duel between two teams that have been hot and streaky, the Oklahoma City Thunder (6-4), who have won their last six games but might be missing Russell Westbrook today, are hosting the Houston Rockets (4-5), who have won their last three.
Date/Time: 11-08-2018, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Oklahoma City Thunder +5
Oklahoma City Thunder have a 6-4 record (6-4 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with three more teams in the 4th place of the West. They have six consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Cavaliers with a 95-86 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by They are led in scoring by Russell Westbrook with 24.1 ppg, adding 8.3 boards and a team high 8.9 dimes per game. He is followed by Paul George with 22.2 ppg, 6.7 boards and 4.1 dimes per game.
Houston Rockets have a 4-5 record (3-6 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with three more teams in 9th place of the West. They have three consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Pacers with a 98-94 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by James Harden with 27.8 ppg, adding 5 boards and 8.2 dimes per game. He is followed by Chris Paul with 17.7 ppg, 5.9 boards and a team high 9.3 dimes per game.
In their three meetings last season the Thunder led the Rockets 2-1 wins but were 1-1 at home, winning by 5 and losing by 10. Thunder have a 3-2 home record this season, while the Rockets are 4-1 on the road. Thunder are better both offensively, scoring 111.4 ppg to Rockets’ 105.3 and defensively, allowing 108.8 ppg to Rockets’ 110.1. Thunder have a better field goal percentage (44.58% to 42.45%), while Rockets have a better 3-point percentage (33.42% to 29.57%). Thunder are better in boards grabbed (46.1 to 41.2), while both teams are almost equal both in dimes made (21.3 to 21.2) and in turnovers committed (14.1 to 14.3). Vegas odds give the Rockets a -5 spread which they will beat easily if the Thunder will be without Westbrook today.
Houston Rockets vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction: Houston Rockets -5 (-107)
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