The third and fifth best teams of the Western Conference are clashing tonight, when the Houston Rockets (32-22), looking to extend their current small winning streak, are hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder (35-19), who have lost only once in their last 10 games.
Date/Time: 02-09-2019, 20:30 EDT
Spread: Houston Rockets -2
Houston Rockets have a 32-22 record (25-28-1 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Spurs in the 5th place of the West. They have three consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Kings with a 127-101 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by James Harden with 36.5 ppg, adding 6.8 boards and a team high 7.9 dimes per game. He is followed by Clint Capela with 17.6 ppg and a team high 12.6 boards per game but he is out with an injury.
Oklahoma City Thunder have a 35-19 record (31-23 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the third place of the West. They have won nine of their last ten matches and in their last game they won at home against the Grizzlies with a 117-95 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Paul George with 28 ppg, adding 7.9 boards and 4 dimes per game. He is followed by Russell Westbrook with 21.2 ppg, adding team highs both in boards grabbed with 11.1 and in dimes made with 11.2 per game.
In their two previous meetings earlier this season each team won once at home (Rockets by 4 points and Thunder by 18). Rockets have a 19-8 home record, while the Thunder are 16-12 on the road. Thunder are better both offensively, scoring 115.2 ppg to Rockets’ 113.1 and defensively, allowing 109.7 ppg to Rockets’ 110.7 ppg. They also have better percentages both in field goals (46.2% to 44.7%) and in 3-pointers (35.3% to 34.7%). Thunder are better in boards grabbed (47.9 to 41.8) and in dimes made (23.4 to 20.6), while Rockets are only better in turnovers committed (13.2 to 13.8). It is going to be a close game and Vegas odds give the Rockets a -2 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home victory.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets Prediction: Houston Rockets -2 (-109)
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