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(4-5) Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (5-4)
Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Rockets -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 214.5
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Neither the Rockets nor the Thunder are where they hoped to be at this point in the early 2018-19 season, but the Thunder, at least, have crept into the playoff picture our West, whereas the Rockets still sit outside the top eight.
Of course, there is plenty of basketball to be played, and it seems like a virtual impossibility that the James Harden-led squad doesn’t get home-court advantage in the first round.
The Houston Rockets’ start to the season was derailed when Chris Paul was suspended and James Harden went down with an injury. Integrating Carmelo Anthony into the system hasn’t been easy either, but this team is better than the one that we’ve seen so far.
Against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston should be at full strength—at least as far as its stars go. And yes, that includes Harden.
More importantly, the Thunder may not be at full strength. Russell Westbrook is sitting Wednesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
If Westbrook is out, the defensive strategy honestly remains the same. The goal defensively against OKC has never been to contain the ferocious point guard. He will get his; whether or not the team succeeds often has more to do with what his supporting cast does opposed to what he does on any given night.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder need to keep an eye out for one serious X-Factor in this one: Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony’s year in OKC during the 2017-18 campaign was largely a disaster. The off-court drama we’ve sometimes seen follow Melo didn’t seem to exist, but it didn’t matter. He couldn’t play within their system, he struggled to enhance the games of Russell Westbrook and Paul George and the team ended up losing in Round 1 of the postseason to the Utah Jazz.
Along with the revenge factor (although “revenge” in this case has less to do with actual vengeance and more to do with proving he could’ve enhanced the Thunder with a second year of experience within their rotations/system), Melo has started playing well…wait for it…off the bench.
It was a thought that was ridiculous in OKC—only because Carmelo said as much over and over again—but in Houston, he’s found a way to embrace a Sixth Man of the Year-type role.
OKC needs to be ready.
NBA Betting Trends:
- HOU are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
- Under is 7-3 in HOU last 10 road games
- HOU are 13-5 ATS in the last 18 meetings.
Free Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Prediction:
If Westbrook plays, this game has a chance of being a close one down to the final minutes.
If he doesn’t, this one won’t even be close.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Rockets -4.5
As of this writing, the line hasn’t yet been set. Wednesday night has a plethora of games that need to be played, and we need to know if Westbrook plays.
Our projection is based on the idea that he will not play. But keep an eye on that situation.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Houston Rockets 118 – Oklahoma City Thunder 105
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