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Christmas Day NBA Hoops! Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Date: Monday December 25
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Houston -4
NBA Betting Total: 215
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It is easy to see why this game made the Christmas Day slate. Houston was one of the top teams in the league a year ago, made even better with the addition of Chris Paul. Meanwhile, OKC has the reigning MVP surrounded by a couple of new All-Stars. You can’t fault the schedule makers here.
The Thunder have definitely not lived up to expectations while the Rockets are exceeding them, and in exciting fashion too. This should have intrigue and hopefully it is entertaining too.
The Rockets had been going so good it was kind of a shock that they lost back to back games to the Los Angeles teams, and at home too. They are 12-1 on the road though.
Houston is the second highest scoring team in the NBA this season. James Harden may see his assist numbers taking a slight hit to 9 per game but he is averaging 32ppg.
Paul is also averaging 9 assists per game even though he has missed a few games has found away to coexist with Harden. His scoring is a little down but his efficiency is where it has always been.
Sandwiched in between is Eric Gordon who chips in close to 20ppg “off the bench”. When Paul is available he often doesn’t start but he fills in nicely too.
Clint Capela mans the middle as the ultimate hustle guy. He has missed both of their recent losses though and like Paul is questionable for this prime time game.
Oklahoma City Thunder
If Oklahoma City wins their game Saturday (this is being written before it is finished) it will enter this contest on a four game winning streak, the longest they have had this season. There are lots of theories as to why this particular Big Three isn’t working. You can pick whichever you like but is is really frustrating for backers.
Russell Westbrook’s season stats would look dreamy if he hadn’t done what he did last year. It is hard to knock him but I think it is a little fair to say that he does “not play well with others”. He has never been efficient in what he does and now he seems to feel that he has to be even more aggressive some of the time.
Steven Adams’ return to the lineup gives the team a presence inside and on the glass…plus some toughness. He and Andre Roberson make sure that there is at least some conventional defense being played on each possession. Winning will mask the early season struggles of this group and perhaps they are finally comfortable.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Rockets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Over is 5-0 in Rockets last 5 overall.
- Rockets are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games.
- Thunder are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Monday games.
- Under is 7-0 in Thunder last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Thunder are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games.
Free Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Prediction:
I know the Rockets have disappointed with recent losses but they only have a handful of those on the season. Their road record is pretty awesome with just one loss.
This is definitely an exciting spot for Houston and OKC but the Rockets are missing key contributors in Paul and Capela. Do they still have enough to beat a good team on the road.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Over 215
I think this one could go either way but I do think Houston will get the pace they are looking for. That’s why its an over.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Oklahoma City 111 – Houston 108
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