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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets - 4/9/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Houston Rockets at Oklahoma City Thunder
Date & Time Tuesday April 9, 2019, 9:30 PM (EDT)
Location
Chesapeaky Energy Arena
Oklahoma City, OK
The Line
The Line: Oklahoma City -1.5
TV Channel
TNT, FSOK
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The Houston Rockets pay a visit to the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Tuesday night.

The Houston Rockets have been on a tear lately as they’ve won 11 of their past 13 games and they will be gunning for a seventh straight victory after blowing out the Suns in a 149-113 home win on Sunday. James Harden flirted with a triple-double as he led the team with 30 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists, Eric Gordon added 26 points while Clint Capela scored 22 points with 13 rebounds and four assists. As a team, the Rockets shot 53 percent from the field and a record 27 of 57 from the 3-point line as they cruised in the second half after outscoring the Suns by 77-47 in the first half to put the game to bed early. With the easy win, Houston improved to 53-28 overall and 31-10 at home which is currently good for third place in the Western Conference standings.

Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been in a rut as they’ve lost seven of their last 12 games, but they looking to build on their current three-game win streak after sneaking past the Timberwolves in a 132-126 road win on Sunday. Russell Westbrook led the team with yet another triple-double as he racked up 27 points with 10 rebounds and 15 assists, Paul George added 27 points with seven rebounds and six assists while Dennis Schroder provided the spark off the bench with 21 points. As a team, the Thunder shot 52 percent from the field and 14 of 34 from the 3-point line, but they were in a dogfight with the Timberwolves until the fourth quarter where they poured on 37 points to escape with the much-needed win to improve to 47-33 overall and 21-19 on the road.

Looking at the betting trends, the Rockets are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 road games, 6-2-1 ATS in their last nine games against a team with a winning record and 6-0 ATS in their last six games overall. The Thunder are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games, 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following a win and 7-17 ATS in their last 24 games overall.

Head to head, the road team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings, the Rockets are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Oklahoma City but the Rockets are just 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings overall.

It’s amazing how we could be this deep into the regular season and still be jockeying for positions, but that is just how competitive the Western Conference is in this day and age. The Rockets have been playing some of their best basketball of the season with everyone back on the court, but the Thunder have found a bit of form with three straight wins and they’ve already beaten the Rockets in two of three meetings this season. This is a close one to call, but the Rockets are just red-hot at the moment and they are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Oklahoma City, so they represent decent value as the road underdog here.

Pick:
Houston +1.5
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