Date & Time: Tuesday, March 6 @8:00 PM
Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma)
Head to head record
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets 112-107 (2017/2018 NBA)
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets 97-104 (2017/2018 NBA)
Houston Rockets vs Oklahoma City Thunder 105-99 (2016/2017 NBA)
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets 109-113 (2016/2017 NBA)
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets 115-113 (2016/2017 NBA)
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets prediction
There will be fireworks when Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets, the two star-studded teams, face each other at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Rockets aim to retain top position in the Western Conference, but they will have a big fish to fry in Tuesday’s match against Russell Westbrook and Co.
Thunder playing below expectations
Seeing that Oklahoma City owners did well to reinforce the roster in the summer, Thunder have been playing below expectations in the 2017/2018 NBA season. Billy Donovan’s men sit in seventh place in the Western Conference ahead of the visit of Houston and their participation in the NBA play-offs is in danger. The game against Rockets is of big importance for the hosts and they will certainly give 100% to bounce back from a 108-100 loss to Portland Trail Blazers when they take on James Harden and his teammates. Oklahoma key player Russell Westbrook scored 30 points in the defeat to Trail Blazers, but fellow star player Paul George will have to be at his sharpest in Tuesday’s clash as well if Thunder are to return to winning ways in NBA. You should bear in mind that they are eyeing their 22nd home win of the season.
Carmelo Anthony is likely to return to the starting line-up after he was rested against Portland, whilst Andre Roberson is out for the season with a knee injury.
Seven-game winning run
Over the years Houston Rockets have established themselves as one of the best teams in the Western Conference, but nobody expected that they would be leading the standings ahead of their 63rd game of the season. Houston have been producing splendid displays in NBA in 2018 and they are on the right track to finish the season in top position in the table, which will secure them home-court advantage in the play-offs. Mike D’Antoni’s troops are brimming with confidence ahead of the visit of Thunder, with the team eyeing their eighth consecutive winning run in the league. James Harden scored 26 points in a 123-120 win over Boston Celtics at the weekend and all eyes will be on “the Beard” when Houston Rockets take on Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Rockets have been impressive on the road in 2018, with the team recording a win in each of their last eight away games, but beating Thunder away from home is easier said than done.
The likes of Joe Johnson (illness), Brandan Wright (knee), Ryan Anderson (hip) have joined Chinanu Onuaku in the treatment room, but coach Mike D’Antoni has no other selection worries ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder clash.
- Houston Rockets are after their ninth consecutive win on the road
- James Harden has been averaging 31.2 points this season
- In three of last four meetings between the two teams Houston emerged triumphant
- Russell Westbrook has been averaging 23.4 points in last ten games
- In their last meeting in NBA Oklahoma defeated Houston 112-107
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets betting pick
Houston Rockets look unstoppable at the moment and seeing that Golden State Warriors are breathing down their neck, there is every chance the visitors will leave their hearts on the court in Tuesday’s showdown. Oklahoma City Thunder do not seem to be on top of their game at the moment, which is yet another reason why away win should be considered.
Pick: Houston to win
Odds: – 188