A clear difference has been experienced by Houston compared to last year. In fact, the Rockets finished just one game away from the NBA Finals in June. Which makes their lethargic start with the NBA games betting odds quite disturbing. Most important of all is an offense that has dropped significantly. Following this is Oklahoma City’s inconsistent beginning to the new season. Granted, the Thunder have not been as bad as the Rockets. Not withstanding that is the fact that OKC has not been a reliable play on the board thus far. Correspondingly this makes for a challenging Thursday handicap.
Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Date and Time: Thursday, November 8, 2018, 8 p.m. Eastern
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Rockets vs. Thunder TV Coverage: TNT
Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City is 4-4 both straight up and against the spread. In like manner the Thunder are 4-4 with totals. Owing to mediocre metrics have the Thunder failed to score profits. OKC ranks 14th in the NBA for scoring offense and 12th for scoring defense. Above all Oklahoma City does boast one of the elite players in the game. Russell Westbrook leads with 25 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists per outing. In turn Paul George offers good support with 22.6 points per contest. Also contributing is Steven Adams with 10.6 rebounds per tilt.
Houston has stumbled out of the game with a mark of 3-5 straight up and 2-6 vs. the odds. Hence five of the Rockets games have cleared the total. Overall the Rockets rank 25th in the NBA for scoring offense and 18th for defense. Due to James Harden pumping 27.8 points per game does Houston rate consideration. Counter to that is the lack of support around Harden thus far. Equally important is the drop in defensive production from last year.
Stats to Consider
Houston has been a solid NBA games betting value getting points on the road. For example, the Rockets have covered six of their last nine overall games. Five of Houston’s last eight matchups have stayed under the total. Contrarily Oklahoma City has been a weak bet in home games. To illustrate the Thunder has covered just three of their last 12 games at Chesapeake Energy Arena. And three of their last four home games have gone over the total.
Team vs. Team
Houston has struggled as an online sportsbook value with Oklahoma City in recent action. To show, the Thunder have covered three of their last four with the Rockets. Four of the last five between these teams have gone under the total. However, at Chesapeake Energy Arena Houston has been quite printable. In fact, the Thunder has paid in just one of their last nine home games with the Rockets. Five of the last seven between these teams at OKC have gone under the number.
Matchup to Watch
As was previously noted Houston rates the situational matchup edge with the NBA games betting odds. While the Rockets are struggling, they get the money on the road and at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Rockets vs. Thunder NBA games Betting Odds Picks
To conclude Houston rates the play in this matchup.
Rockets vs. Thunder NBA Betting Online Pick: Houston Rockets
Rockets vs. Thunder NBA Betting Online Score Prediction: Rockets 112, Thunder 102
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