Free NBA Hoops Pick: Rockets vs Thunder Lines
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(35-35) Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (48-22)
Date: Tuesday March 22
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: -9
NBA Betting Total: 224
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It’s always entertaining when these former teammates square off and this iteration should be no exception. Both Oklahoma City and Houston rank among the league’s top 5 offenses, measured by points per game, so this should be a shootout.
Through two matchups this season, the lowest scoring output was OKC’s 105 points during the season’s first week.
They have split the season series 1-1, with the home team coming out victorious on both occasions.
The Rockets have been one of the league’s most disappointing teams this season.
They struggle to guard anyone, but they still pose a threat on the offensive end every time they take the court. No player on the team is more emblematic of the team’s modus operandi than All-NBA guard James Harden.
He is currently second in league scoring at 28.6 PPG, while adding a ridiculous 6.3 REB and 7.2 AST to boot. He has struggled of late however, shooting a poor 40.2% from the field over his last two weeks.
Do you believe in raising the dead? Apparently Daryl Morey does, as his resurrection of Michael Beasley’s career has paid huge dividends for the Rockets heading into the playoffs.
The former #2 overall pick is averaging a ridiculous 16.4 points on 58% shooting in just under 20 mins of playing time.
Despite boasting impressive firepower, Houston is in the bottom half of the league in Field Goal% and they turn the ball over more than all but 2 other teams in the league.
Despite these shortcomings they are hit the second most 3-point field goals in the league, so they are able to shoot their way back into any game.
Houston is 16-20 on the road this season and are 8-7 sine returning from the All-Star break.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma arguably boasts the league’s most fearsome duo in Kevin Durant and Russel Westbrook.
They are the second highest scoring pair in the NBA with averages of 28.0 and 23.8 respectively, and similarly the Thunder are the second highest scoring offense in the league.
Russel Westbrook is one some kind of tear. Since the last day of February he has managed 6 triple-doubles in 11 games, and registered one the last time he played Houston.
The Thunder are the league’s best rebounding team and that should be a big advantage against a high volume, low efficiency offense like Houston. The Rockets missed shots will lead to plenty of run outs for Westbrook and Durant.
Throw in the fact that OKC produces the 7th lowest Opp 3pt % and the pressure will be on for Houston.
Serge Ibaka has gone ice cold over the last couple weeks, registering a pedestrian 9.8 points and 4.3 rebounds and was absolutely shut down to the tune of 2 and 2 the last time these teams met in OKC.
Oklahoma has defended their home court well with a 27-9 record.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Thunder are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall
- Thunder are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest
- Home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings
- Rockets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600
- Rockets are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings
- Rockets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss of more than 10 points
Free Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Prediction:
This game should be another freewheeling shootout and wildly entertaining to watch, but Oklahoma’s rebounding advantage, defense of the 3-pointer and their home court dominance have me giving the slight edge to the Thunder.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Rockets +9.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Oklahoma City 113-Houston 106
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