Thunder vs. Rockets - 3/22/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Rockets (35-35) at Oklahoma City Thunder (48-22)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -9 -- Over/Under: 222.2 See the Latest Odds
The Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Tuesday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Houston Rockets look for consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 106.1 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 107 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Dwight Howard is averaging 14.5 points and 12.1 rebounds while Michael Beasley is averaging 14.6 points and 5.4 rebounds. Trevor Ariza is grabbing 4.5 rebounds and Patrick Beverley is dishing 2.9 assists. The Houston Rockets are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 70.1 percent from the free throw line. The Rockets are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.9 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have split their last 10 road games. James Harden is questionable with an ankle injury.
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The Oklahoma City Thunder hope to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 110.2 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 103 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 28 points and 8.3 rebounds while Russell Westbrook is averaging 23.8 points and 10.4 assists. Serge Ibaka is grabbing 6.8 rebounds and Dion Waiters is dishing 1.9 assists. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent from the free throw line. The Thunder are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48.6 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have lost four of their last six home games. Kyle Singler is questionable with a back injury.
The Rockets are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games playing on 2 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Thunder are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Tuesday games. The Rockets are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
The Rockets have enough offense to make this a game, and they need this far more than the Thunder with them still fighting for a playoff spot. OKC probably still wins, but the Rockets can keep it close.