Houston Rockets (25-6) at Oklahoma City Thunder (18-15)
NBA Basketball: Monday, December 25, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder +4 -- Over/Under: 214.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Christmas in NBA action at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Houston Rockets look for another victory after winning 13 of their last 15 games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 115.4 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 105.4 points on 46.2 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 32.5 points and nine assists while Eric Gordon is averaging 19.5 points and 2.1 assists. Chris Paul is the third double-digit scorer and Clint Capela is grabbing 11.3 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 79.9 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won eight straight road games.
The Oklahoma City Thunder look for another victory after winning six of their last seven games. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 102.6 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 99.8 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Russell Westbrook is averaging 23.5 points and 9.9 assists while Paul George is averaging 19.7 points and 5.6 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony is the third double-digit scorer and Steven Adams is grabbing 8.9 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 71.2 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.9 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have won six of their last seven home games.
The Rockets are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Monday games and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Thunder are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games, 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Monday games and 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Rockets are 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Oklahoma City, 12-3 ATS in the last 15 meetings and the underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
The Houston Rockets are still a little banged up right now and are coming off back-to-back losses to lesser teams as big favorites. Meanwhile, the OKC Thunder are slowly starting to figure things out, and while not winning pretty, they're starting to win with consistency. The Thunder are also 3-0 ATS this season when an underdog. OKC plays its best ball by far at home and has a history of stepping up big when the lights shine bright. Look at what the Thunder did to the Warriors for your latest example. I'm going to take my free buckets with the Thunder at home.