Houston Rockets (10-9) at Oklahoma City Thunder (8-11)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder +4.5 -- Over/Under: 223.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder do battle at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday night.
The Houston Rockets have been on a tear lately as they will be looking to build on their current six-game win streak after blowing past the Thunder in a 136-106 road win on Monday. Eric Gordon led the team with 25 points on eight of 12 shooting off the bench, Christian Wood and John Wall each scored 18 points while Victor Oladipo chipped in with 15 points and seven assists. As a team, the Rockets shot 48 percent from the field and a ridiculous 28 of 52 from the 3-point line as they cruised for most of the game after exploding for 48 points in the first quarter.
Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been in a slump lately as they’ve lost five of their last seven games and they will be hoping to avoid a third straight loss after Monday’s loss to the Rockets. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the team in scoring with 19 points and five assists, Hamidou Diallo and Darius Bazley each scored 15 points while Al Horford chipped in with 12 points. As a team, the Thunder shot 43 percent from the field and 13 of 34 from the 3-point line, but none of those stats really matter as this was over before it really began as the Thunder were already trailing by as many as 25 points early in the second quarter.
Looking at the betting trends, the Rockets are 4-0 ATS in their last four road games, 4-0 ATS in their last four games against a team with a losing record and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall. The Thunder are 1-6 ATS in their last seven home games and 16-6 ATS in their last 22 games following a loss of more than 10 points.
Head to head, the under is 15-7 in the last 22 meetings in Oklahoma City, the Rockets are 1-6 ATS in the last seven meetings in Oklahoma City and the Rockets are 4-9 ATS in the last 13 meetings overall.
John wall is listed as out for Wednesday so the Rockets will be shorthanded in this one, but they’ve been in terrific form and are deserved road favorites here. The Thunder have really fallen off the pace lately and they didn’t show much resistance on Monday. The Rockets surely won’t shoot as well as they did on Monday and they will be without John Wall, but I just don’t trust the slumping Thunder enough to bounce back here. This should be a much closer game, but I’m still sticking with the Rockets to get the job done here.