Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets - 1/9/20 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Houston Rockets (25-11) at Oklahoma City Thunder (21-16)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 9:30 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder +2.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Thursday in NBA action at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Houston Rockets look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 119.4 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 113.9 points on 45.9 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 38.4 points and 7.6 assists while Russell Westbrook is averaging 24.1 points and seven assists. Clint Capela is the third double-digit scorer and Eric Gordon is grabbing 1.8 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 77.9 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.1 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won seven of their last nine road games.
The Oklahoma City Thunder look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 108.8 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 107.4 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 19.8 points and 5.4 rebounds while Dennis Schroder is averaging 18.6 points and 3.7 assists. Danilo Gallinari is the third double-digit scorer and Chris Paul is dishing 6.6 assists. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 79.1 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.5 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have won six of their last seven home games.
The Rockets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Thunder are 12-2 ATS in their last 14 games playing on 1 days rest, 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games as a home underdog and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Rockets last 5 games as a favorite. The over is 5-2 in Thunder last 7 home games. The Rockets are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Oklahoma City and 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Oklahoma City and 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have been one of the more profitable teams this season and have to start being taken seriously against the rest of the league. OKC also has the rest advantage, which doesn't hurt. However, the Houston Rockets are starting to look like the title contender many expected to see before the season with wins in eight of their last 10 tries and the defensive effort has picked up. This is also a return home for Westbrook, and you know the Rockets will want to leave with a victory for him. I'll lay the bucket with the Rockets.