Thunder travel to meet the Rockets
The Oklahoma City Thunder will be on the road down in Texas on Thursday night as they look to pick up a victory and pay off against the Houston Rockets in top NBA betting action.
It's not a place where they have turned a profit, as they are just 5-14 SU in 19 trips to Houston.
The Thunder are 7-3 SU and 6-4 ATS in their 10 most recent games against the Rockets, beating them handily 117-86 as a 4.5-point home favorite when they last met on December 29. The UNDER has paid out in each of their last three matchups.
(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Rockets are 26-14 so far on the season, and 20-17-3 ATS vs. the number. The Thunder, meanwhile, are 28-10 and 20-18 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Houston go 18-21-1 and the Thunder go 19-19 on the totals.
This game matches up the No. 19 (Rockets) and the No. 2 (Thunder) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 101-98 result in favor of the Thunder is predicted by handicapping models.
In their last action, Oklahoma City was a 90-87 loser on the road against the Grizzlies. They failed to cover the 1-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (177) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Oklahoma City got 37 points from Kevin Durant en route to a 90-87 loss at the hands of Oklahoma City on Tuesday at FedExForum.
The Rockets were a 103-100 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Pelicans. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (203) made winners of UNDER bettors. James Harden went off for 26 points and added 2 rebounds leading Houston over New Orleans, 103-100, on Wednesday at New Orleans Arena.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Houston's No. 8-rated squad against Oklahoma City's No. 1-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Houston rates No. 6 in the league with 8.8 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 22 with 6.92 per outing.
Oklahoma City home to Golden State, Friday, January 17th
Houston home to Milwaukee, Saturday, January 18th