Thunder at Rockets Prediction - NBA Picks 2/1/23
Houston Rockets (12-38) vs Oklahoma City Thunder (24-26)
Game Info: Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)
Betting Odds: Houston Rockets +5.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Houston Rockets play host to the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Toyota Center on Wednesday night.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have been in decent shape as they’ve won eight of their last 12 games overall and they will be hoping to bounce back here after getting stopped by the Warriors in a 128-120 loss on Monday. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the team with 31 points and seven assists, Josh Giddey tallied 21 points with eight rebounds and six assists while Jalen Williams chipped in with 19 points. As a team, the Thunder shot 49 percent from the field and 11 of 24 from the 3-point line but they allowed the Warriors off to a flyer and were always trailing after allowing the Warriors to explode for 38 points in the first quarter. The Thunder trailed in this one by as many as 21 points before they poured in 72 points in the second half to make it interesting late.
Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets have lost 15 of their last 17 games overall, but they will be eager to build some momentum in this one after taking down the lowly Pistons in a 117-114 road win on Saturday. Eric Gordon led the team with 24 points and seven assists, Tari Eason added 16 points with 10 rebounds while Kenyon Martin Jr. chipped in with 15 points and 13 rebounds on seven of 11 shooting. As a team, the Rockets shot 47 percent from the field and eight of 27 from the 3-point line as they poured in 32 points in the second quarter to overcome an early 14-point lead, before they closed the final 34.1 seconds on an 8-2 run to steal the game in a wild finish.
Looking at the betting trends, the Thunder are 42-19-1 ATS in their last 62 road games, 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record and 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Rockets are 1-5 ATS in their last six home games, 27-55 ATS in their last 82 games against a team with a losing record and 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall.
Head to head, the under is 6-1 in the last seven meetings in Houston, the Thunder are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall and the Thunder are 2-6 ATS in the last eight meetings in Houston.
The Thunder will again be without Luguentz Dort and Aleksej Pokusevski, while the Rockets have ruled out Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr once again. Looking at these two teams, it’s obvious that the Thunder are the better team coming in with more momentum as the Rockets have been ice-cold all season, but the Rockets haven’t played since their win over the Pistons on Saturday, so they should be well-rested for this one. Still, the Thunder have clearly been the more reliable team and they are 42-19-1 ATS in their last 62 road games, so I’ll back the Thunder to take care of business in this spot.
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