Written byDecember 31 at. 7pm EST and updated on December 24th at. 18.42 EST
It's a fight of Western conference opponents on Christmas day down in the Lone Star state. The Oklahoma City Thunder is on the way as they make the trip to face Houston Rockets Tuesday afternoon Oklahoma City dropped 114-112 at home to timberwolves on Sunday night in the second game of the back against the back. Houston joins a 108-101 home win over Spurs on Saturday night in their last competition. Thunder owns a 110-107 advantage in the all-time regular season series and has taken the last two meetings. It includes a 98-80 home victory in the first matchup this season November 8th.
Oklahoma City Thunder Searches for Bounceback Win
Oklahoma City couldn't build their victory over the jazz when they dropped off a bucket at home against Minnesota. Thunder fell a half game behind Nuggets in the Northwest Division with the loss. Oklahoma City dragged 10 after the opening quarter, rallied to lead by 10 in half and was outscored 33-17 in the third quarter. In a back and forth last quarter, Thunder gave up the winning bucket with 14 seconds to play and could not pull it out. Oklahoma City shot 47.8 percent off the pitch, including nine out of 25 from three point range, to the loss. Paul George had 31 points and 11 rebounds to lead the way in the loss.
// @hamidoudiallo and @NerlensNoel3 hosted a block party last night. It's now 89 total blocks of the season, upping the @PhillipsMurrah commitment to $ 8,900 for @thundercares Foundation. pic.twitter.com/igudVO79L9
– OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) December 24, 2018
Thunder is slightly above average offensive this season as they are 11th with an average of 112 points per game. Oklahoma City is 2nd in the league in rebounding with 48.6 boards per contest. Thunder is 24th i assist with 22.6 per game. Oklahoma City is 5thth in the league in scoring defense they allowed 105.6 points at night. Russell Westbrook is second in the team as he puts up 20.2 points, 10.8 rebounds, 10.3 assists and 2.63 steals per game. Paul George adds 26.2 points plus 8.2 boards and 2.19 steals a contest in his second year with the team. Steven Adams chips in 16.1 points plus 10 boards at night, while Dennis Schroder adds 16.2 points and 4.5 assists per game. Jerian Grant (12.3 points, 4.7 rebounds), Corey Brewer, Terrance Ferguson. Other Roberson, Raymond Felton, Alex Abrines and Patrick Patterson must make their presence known at both ends. Roberson is still out to break his patellar beds on January 27. He suffered a setback and will be out until mid-January, as another operation may be necessary. Oklahoma City is 19th in the league in the field goal percentage, which the team shoots 45.7 percent from the floor. Thunder is 23rd with 9.9 made three times per. games and tied to 29th in three point shooting at 32.7 percent.
Houston Rockets Look for Sixth Win in Seven Games
Houston won the fifth time in six games as they managed to take down Spurs at home on Saturday night. The rockets are now trying to climb a season high three games over .500 if they can win here. Houston led by two and trailed by two in half before outscoring San Antonio 43-26 in the third quarter to take control. The Rockets kept Spurs in time late to win. Houston shot 38.9 percent off the pitch, including 19 out of 54 from three points, and controlled the glass 58-43. The rockets were led by James Harden, who had 39 points and 10 assisted in the victory. Houston is 8-6-1 ATS at home while over is 9-6 in these competitions. The Rockets signed Austin Rivers for the rest of the season Monday, adding a little depth to their rotation.
The #MVP was CLUTCH last night!
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– Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) December 23, 2018
The rockets are fighting offensive so far this season: they are 19th in the league with 109.2 points per game. Houston is 27th in rebounding with 41.3 boards per game and 27th with 21.4 helps one night. The rockets are 11th In scoring defense they allow 108.5 points per game. James Harden leads the team with 32 points per. Play while taking 5.7 tables and toppling out 8.4 helps one night. Eric Gordon puts up 15.3 points per contest, while Clint Capela averages 17.1 points plus 12.1 rebounds and two blocks at night. PJ Tucker, Nene Hilario, Austin Rivers, Gerald Green, Danuel House Jr., James Ennis III, Michael Carter-Williams and Chris Paul (15.6 points, eight assists, 2.08 steals) are also important parts of the rotation. Gary Clark sucks most of the minutes going to Carmelo Anthony. The rockets are bound to 23rd In the league in the field goal percentage, shoot 44.7 percent as a team. Houston is 1st in the league with 14.6 threes a night while the team is bound to 19th by shooting 34.5 percent from long range this season. Paul suffered a hamstring strain against Heat December 20 and is out at least two weeks.
- Rockets are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 home games
- Rockets are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 matches vs. a team with a winning straight up record
- Rockets are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 against western conference fairs
- The thunder is 4-9 ATS in their last 13 Tuesday games
Bottom line What to bet on this game.
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The rockets will miss Paul, but at least they have a few days to rest and recover from beating Spurs. Oklahoma City plays their third game for four nights here, having edged Utah on Saturday and losing a bucket on Sunday. The thunder is going to have a hard time here, especially if Westbrook continues to fight shooting the ball. With Rockets at home and playing well late, give them the little edge in this.
forecast: Houston Rockets -1
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This one will be a clash between a few teams seeking to improve their playoff positioning at this time. Oklahoma City held the third seed in the Western Conference that entered this game, while Houston pushed back into the eighth and final playoff spot despite leading Southwest Division. Both teams have had theirs up and down, but Thunder has had Houston's lately. Can the Rockets get a modicum of revenge on Oklahoma City here?
The bottom is 6-1 in Thunder's last 7 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game, 5-1 in their last 6 against a team with a winning straight up record, 4-1 in their last 5 way game vs. a team with a winning home record and 4-1 in their last 5 games after a straight up loss. Houston has seen 4-0 in their last 4 Tuesday games, 10-1 in their last 11 against Northwest Division and 5-1 in their last 6 against a team with a winning straight up record. The record is 5-1 in the last six meetings between the teams. Because of the tough defense, both teams have played this season, look for it to end up under the sum.
forecast: Under 221