Houston Rockets (4-5) at Oklahoma City Thunder (6-4)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder +4.5 -- Over/Under: 214.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Thursday in NBA action at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Houston Rockets look for a fourth straight victory to get back to a .500 record. The Houston Rockets are averaging 105.3 points on 42.4 percent shooting and allowing 110.1 points on 47.6 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 27.8 points and 8.2 assists while Chris Paul is averaging 17.7 points and 9.3 assists. Clint Capela is the third double-digit scorer and Eric Gordon is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 33.4 percent from beyond the arc and 71.4 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won four of their last five road games.
The Oklahoma City Thunder look for a statement victory to build on their six-game winning streak. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 111.4 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 108.8 points on 45 percent shooting. Russell Westbrook is averaging 24.1 points and 8.9 assists while Paul George is averaging 22.7 points and 6.7 rebounds. Dennis Schroder is the third double-digit scorer and Steven Adams is grabbing 10.3 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 29.6 percent from beyond the arc and 69 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 32.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.1 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have won three straight home games.
The Rockets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Western Conference and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Thunder are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Rockets are 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Oklahoma City, 13-5 ATS in the last 18 meetings and the underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
I really want to take the Oklahoma City Thunder and the points, as getting them as a home dog is always intruging given that they have one of the better home crowds in the league. The problem is I don't think Westbrook plays, and neither do oddsmakers given this line. That means an undermaned OKC squad that shot poorly last night has to play on the end of a back to back without its best player. The Houston Rockets are showing signs of turning things around and have won seven of the last 10 meetings against the Thunder. So, assuming Westbrook doesn't play, I have to side with the Rockets and the reasonable chalk.