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Rockets vs Thunder NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Houston Rockets at Oklahoma City Thunder
- Where: Oklahoma City at Paycom Center
- Date: Saturday, February 4th
- Betting Odds OKC -9, HOU +301 | OKC -385 O/U 232.5
The Rockets come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 13-39. So far, the team has gone 20-30-2 against the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 2-1. Houston is 3-0 vs the spread in these matchups.
Houston will be gunning to get in the win column vs the Thunder, as they previously lost to the Raptors by a score of 117-111. However, because they entered as 7 point underdogs, they came away with an ATS win. Houston was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Raptors by 6 going into halftime. In the loss, Eric Gordon led the team in scoring with 28 points on a field goal percentage of 66.7%.
The Thunder come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 24-27. So far, the team has gone 32-19-0 against the spread. Against the Rockets, the Thunder are looking to break out of a 2 game losing streak. These defeats have come on an average scoring differential of -7.0 points per contest.
The Thunder are coming off a dissappointing 112-106 loss to the Rockets. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 6 points. Oklahoma City was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Rockets by 6 going into halftime. In the loss, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the team in scoring with 24 points on a field goal percentage of 30.4%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Similar to their season-long average, the Rockets averaged 107.25 points per game vs the Thunder. While the Rockets were able to maintain their usual level of production against Oklahoma City, the Thunder averaged fewer points per game in the series, at 97.75. The Rockets have had the better record vs the spread over the last 5 games, going 4-1. The team’s average scoring margin in these contests sits at 5 points per game. In these contests, they averaged a combined 209 points per game, leading to an over-under mark of 1-4.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 52 games, Houston is averaging 109.7 points per game (29th). Coming into today’s game, the Rockets will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.0 made 3’s per game. If Houston continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 17th in the league in possessions per game.
On defense, the Rockets will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 30th ranked unit in points allowed per game.
In their upcoming game against the Thunder, the Rockets may be without two of their top scorers. Kevin Porter Jr. is already listed as out, while Jalen Green is questionable. Smart bettors will be paying close attention to the injury report for this game. If he is able to play, Jalen Green will likely be more aggressive on offense. He has accounted for 20.1% of the team’s field goal attempts and is 35th in the league in usage rate, averaging 21.7 points per game.
Oklahoma City will look to continue with their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 116.6 points per game (7th). Coming into today’s game, the Thunder will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.1 made 3’s per game. Although Oklahoma City has struggled with their outside shot, they have done a good job taking care of the ball, averaging just 13.2 turnovers per game.
Defensively, Oklahoma City has had its problems giving up an average of 111.83 points per game (15th).
Point-Guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander currently leads the Thunder at 30.8 points per game. For the season, he is 12th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 21.9% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 4.8 boards and 5.6 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 20th ranked defense at defending point-guards. Josh Giddey enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 46 games, he is averaging 16.2 and is 105th in the league in player efficiency rating.
Rockets vs Thunder Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Thunder -9
- Free Total Prediction: Under 232.5