Date/Time: 02-09-2019, 20:30 EDT
Spread: Houston Rockets -2
In this high caliber duel in the West, two of the top-5 squads of the conference face off as the Oklahoma City Thunder, are visiting the Houston Rockets, with both teams having won their last two and three matches respectively and looking to extend those winning streaks tonight.
Thunder are 35-19 so far in the league and are sitting on the 3rd place of the Western conference. They are 9-1 in their last 10 games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Memphis at home, 117-95. Rockets are 32-22 so far in the league and are tied with San Antonio on the fifth place of the Western conference. They have won their last two games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Sacramento on the road, 127-101.
Top Basketball BookmakersOklahoma City are led in scoring by Paul George with 28 ppg. He also adds 7.9 rebounds and 4 assists per game, while Russell Westbrook follows with 21.2 ppg and leads the team both in assists made with 11.2 and in rebounding with 11.1 per game. Dennis Schroder adds 15.7 ppg and 4.2 assists off the bench. Houston are led in scoring by James Harden with 36.5 ppg. He also adds 6.8 rebounds and leads the team in assists made with 7.9 per game, while Clint Capela follows with 17.6 ppg and leads the team in rebounding with 12.6 per game but he is unavailable due to injury. Eric Gordon adds 16.2 ppg.
This will be the third meeting between those two teams so far this season and they are tied 1-1. Houston won at home with a 113-109 score and Oklahoma at home 98-80. Houston are 19-8 at home, while Oklahoma City are 16-12 on the road. Oklahoma have both a better offense with 115.2 ppg to Houston’s 113.1 and a better defense, allowing 109.7 ppg to Houston’s 110.7 ppg. Thunder have a better accuracy both from the field (46.2% to 44.7%) and from behind the arc (35.3% to 34.7%). Houston on the other hand commit fewer turnovers (13.2 to 13.8), while Oklahoma dish more assists (23.4 to 20.6) and grab more rebounds per game (47.9 to 41.8). Houston are the favorite at home and expect them to win by more than 2 points tonight.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets Prediction: Houston Rockets -2 (-109)