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Thunder Haven't Been Covering at the Toyota Center

James Harden and Russell Westbrook are neck and neck in the NBA MVP race, and the superstars will collide for the third time this season when the streaking Houston Rockets host the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight. Oddsmakers initially set the Rockets as 7.5-point faves with a total of 222.5.

Shark Bites
  • The Thunder are 12-4 SU in their last 16 games after consecutive losses.
  • The Thunder are 1-6 SU and ATS in their last seven games as underdogs.
  • The Rockets are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games with two days off between games.

In the first two meetings between the Western Conference foes, Westbrook averaged 28.5 points, 9.5 assists and 8.5 rebounds while Harden averaged 17, 12.5 and eight. The teams split the two games.

Houston has won five straight and 16 of its last 18 games to jump to third place in the Western Conference. The Rockets rank second in scoring behind the high-flying Warriors at 114.6 points per game. Eric Gordon has been a fantastic addition for the Rockets, as the shooting guard leads the NBA in 3-pointers and has made 15 treys over his last three contests.

OKC hasn’t been covering the spread at Toyota Center. The Thunder are 0-4 ATS in their last four road games against the Rockets.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Houston Rockets opened as -7.5-point favorites at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total line was sitting around 222.5 at Bovada for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting on the total amount of points scored.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 116-108 win for the Rockets. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Oklahoma City Thunder have seen them go 21-15 and 18-18 ATS so far this NBA season, while the Houston Rockets are at 27-9 and 24-12 ATS. In Over/Under totals betting, the Rockets are 20-16, while the Oklahoma City Thunder are 14-20-2. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs Oklahoma City injuries news.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 1-rated Houston Rockets and the No. 11-ranked Oklahoma City Thunder, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder rank No. 5 in the league with 45.39 per game. That compares with Houston's No. 8 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Houston is the NBA's No. 1-ranked team at 15 per game, while the Oklahoma City Thunder rate No. 24 with 8.42 per contest.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Russell Westbrook was dynamite, scoring 33 points and adding 15 rebounds but Charlotte still won, 123-112, over Oklahoma City on Wednesday at Spectrum Center.

Eric Gordon poured in 31 points for Houston on Monday, as they defeated Washington 101-91 at Toyota Center.

Betting Trends
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Oklahoma City's last 9 games on the road
  • Oklahoma City is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Houston
  • Oklahoma City is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing Houston
  • Houston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston's last 7 games
  • Houston is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Oklahoma City home to Denver, Saturday, January 7th
Houston at Orlando, Friday, January 6th