Date/Time: 04-09-2019, 21:30 EDT
Spread: Oklahoma City Thunder +1
In this all-Western showdown between the third and sixth best teams of the conference, the Houston Rockets, who have been red-hot having lost only once in their last 9 games, are visiting the Oklahoma City Thunder, who are looking to extend their current small winning streak as well.
Rockets are 53-28 so far in the league and are sitting in the 3rd place of the Western Conference. They are 8-1 in their last 9 games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Phoenix at home, 149-113. Thunder are 47-33 so far in the league and are sitting in the sixth place of the Western Conference. They have won their last 3 games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Minnesota on the road, 132-126.
Top Basketball BookmakersHouston are led in scoring by James Harden with 36.1 ppg. He also adds 6.6 rebounds and 7.6 assists per game, while Clint Capela follows with 16.6 ppg and leads the team in rebounding with 12.7 per game. Eric Gordon adds 16.3 ppg. Oklahoma City are led in scoring by Paul George with 28.1 ppg. He also adds 8.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game, while Russell Westbrook follows with 23 ppg and leads the team both in assists made with 10.7 and in rebounding with 11 per game. Dennis Schroder adds 15.4 ppg, 3.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists off the bench.
Oklahoma City lead Houston 2-1 wins so far this season and they have been victorious in the previous game in Oklahoma by 18 points. Oklahoma are 26-14 at home, while Houston are 22-18 on the road. Oklahoma City have a better offense with 114.4 ppg to Houston’s 114, while Houston have a better defense, allowing 109.1 ppg to Oklahoma City’s 111 ppg. Oklahoma City have a better accuracy from the field (45.4% to 44.9%), while Houston have a better accuracy from behind the arc (35.6% to 34.6%). Houston commit fewer turnovers (12.7 to 13.7), while Oklahoma City Thunder are better both in assists (23.2 to 21.3) and in rebounding (47.9 to 42.1). Houston are as hot as it gets and expect them to get away with the road win one way or another.
Houston Rockets vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction: Houston Rockets -1 (-111)