Thunder seek a home win vs. Rockets
The UNDER has paid out in five of the last six games between the Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder as those clubs meet for the first time this season on Sunday.
Overall the Rockets are just 4-6 SU and slightly better at 5-5 ATS in their last 10 games against the Thunder dating back to 2012, with the OVER/UNDER going 1-5 in their last six contests.
The Rockets will try to spoil the party on Sunday; they are 17-12-3 ATS against the number this season, while the Thunder are 16-13 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injury news). Houston is 16-16 on the totals; Oklahoma City is 16-13.
This game matches up the No. 3 (Thunder) and the No. 7 (Rockets) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 102-99 result in favor of the Thunder is predicted by handicapping models.
Last time out for Houston, they were a 107-98 winner as they battled the Pelicans at home. The Rockets earned a push in the match as a 9-point favorite, while 205 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Rockets got a 24-point performance from Dwight Howard, who added 18 rebounds as Houston ran past New Orleans 107-98 on Saturday at Toyota Center.
In their last action, Oklahoma City was an 89-85 winner on the road against the Bobcats. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (174) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Oklahoma City got 34 points from Kevin Durant en route to an 89-85 victory over Charlotte on Friday at Time Warner Cable Arena.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Rockets rank No. 6 in the league with 45.47 per game. That compares with Oklahoma City’s No. 1 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Oklahoma City is the NBA’s No. 24-ranked team at 6.79 per game, while the Rockets rate No. 6 with 9.22 per contest.
Houston home to Sacramento, Tuesday, December 31st
Oklahoma City home to Portland, Tuesday, December 31st