Rockets vs. Thunder - 1/15/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder (18-19) at Houston Rockets (27-12)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)
The Line: Houston Rockets -1.5 -- Over/Under: 207 See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets play Thursday night at the Toyota Center.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have split their last 10 games and play their third road game of the month. On the season, the Thunder are averaging 98.8 points on 43.8 percent shooting and are allowing 98 points on 43 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 25 points and 6.2 rebounds while Russell Westbrook is averaging 26.2 points and 7.1 assists. Reggie Jackson is dishing 4.9 assists and Serge Ibaka is grabbing 7.2 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder continue to struggle with consistency, especially on the defensive end where they’re allowing 46.3 percent shooting from the field and 48.3 percent shooting from deep in their last five games. The Thunder have to get things together quickly before this season gets away from them and they fall further in the standings.
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The Houston Rockets have won five of their last seven games but are coming off a Wednesday loss to the Magic. On the season, the Rockets are averaging 101.8 points on 43.6 percent shooting and are allowing 96.9 points on 43.7 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 26.9 points and 6.6 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 16.8 points and 11.3 rebounds. Trevor Ariza is shooting 36.5 percent from the field and Patrick Beverley is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 38.5 percent from downtown in their last five games, which should have them licking their chops with the lack of defense from the Thunder. However, the Rockets did just lose to Orlando and also aren’t playing the most consistent ball as of late.
The Thunder are 5-16-1 ATS in their last 22 road games and 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Rockets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest and 42-19-3 ATS in their last 64 Thursday games. The Thunder are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Thunder know that their playoff journey starts now and they must start winning these type of games to chip away in the standings. I hate that the Rockets just lost to Orlando and are playing a Thunder team on zero days rest. I'll gladly take OKC in an outright win.