Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets
|Date & Time||Saturday February 9, 2019, 8:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Houston -2 -- Over/Under 235.5
James Harden and the Houston Rockets battle Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Toyota Center on Saturday.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have been on a great run lately with nine wins in their last 10 games and they will be aiming for a third straight victory after blowing past the Grizzlies in a 117-95 home win on Thursday. Paul George led the team with 27 points, four assists and four steals, Jerami Grant added 20 points on eight of 11 shooting while Russell Westbrook racked up a triple-double of 15 points with 13 rebounds and 15 assists. As a team, the Thunder shot 47 percent from the field and 17 of 44 from the 3-point line as they trailed the Grizzlies in the early going before blowing them out in the second half by 66-42. With the easy win, Oklahoma City improved to 35-19 overall and 19-7 at home.
Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets have been in great form as they’ve won six of their past eight games and they will be gunning for a fourth straight victory after routing the Kings in a 127-101 road win on Wednesday. James Harden drained eight 3-points on his way to a game-high 36 points, Gerald Green added 25 points off the bench, Eric Gordon scored 20 points while Chris Paul chipped in with 15 points and 11 assists. As a team, the Rockets shot 45 percent from the field and 20 of 51 from the 3-point line as they cruised to victory after exploding for 44 points in the second quarter to lead by 31 points going into halftime. With the easy win, Houston improved to 32-22 overall and 18-14 on the road.
Looking at the betting trends, the Thunder are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games, 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games following a win of more than 10 points and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall. The Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games, 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following a win and 7-3 ATS in the last 10 games against a team above .600.
Head to head, the under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings, the underdog is 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings and the Thunder are 6-14 ATS in the last 20 meetings.
The Rockets beat the Thunder by 113-109 back on Christmas Day but so much has changed since then as the Thunder have gone from strength to strength while the Rockets have been heavily reliant on Harden who has been on a ridiculous scoring streak to offset their injuries. I’m expecting another close encounter but the Thunder are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and I like their chances against this Rockets team who is still understrength with Clint Capela still out and Chris Paul still not at 100 percent.