Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets, Thursday, Las Vegas Betting, NBA Basketball Odds, Picks, Prediction

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OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER HOUSTON ROCKETS
21-15 January 5, 8:00 PM | Toyota Center 27-9

When: 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, January 5, 2017
Where: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
TV: 8 p.m. TNT, FSN Oklahoma

Team Spread Money Line Total
Oklahoma City Thunder +8.5 -110 +350 225 -110
Houston Rockets -8.5 -110 -420 225 -110

A winning streak will be on the line for the Houston Rockets on Thursday when they battle the Oklahoma City Thunder at Toyota Center.

ABOUT THE THUNDER (21-15): Westbrook recorded 33 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists in the loss to Charlotte, but it rated as a highly frustrating contest. He was just 10-of-31 shooting and also received a technical foul in the first quarter for throwing the ball in the direction of Tre Maddox in the first quarter and conking the referee in the side of the head. “I called his name, he turned right at me and then he looked away,” Westbrook told reporters afterward. “I don’t know what to tell you, I really don’t. I’m not the type of guy – I would never, ever disrespect the game in that way, throw the ball at a referee. I’ve never done it before. That’s just not even heard of in our game today.”

ABOUT THE ROCKETS (27-9): Houston expects to have pesky guard Patrick Beverley (wrist), who forced Westbrook to misfire on a late jumper in the Rockets’ 102-99 victory on Dec. 9, back after a two-game absence. Houston, which ranks second in scoring at 114.6 points per game, often uses offense to roar past teams but had to rely on defense to overcome a 12-point halftime deficit en route to a 101-91 win over Washington on Tuesday. “It’s easier to win when everyone’s playing well and we’re shooting the lights out and all that,” coach Mike D’Antoni told reporters. “We’ve got that part, but to grind it out, we haven’t done too many. We didn’t have our mojo but found a way, and that’s really important for a team.”

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Rockets listed as 8½-point favorites versus the Thunder, while the game’s total is sitting at 225 according to MyBookie-White logo -70x40.

Leading MVP candidates James Harden and Russell Westbrook square off for the third time this season when the torrid Houston Rockets host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday. Oklahoma City star Westbrook averaged 28.5 points, 9.5 assists and 8.5 rebounds as the teams split their two previous meetings while Houston’s Harden averaged 17, 12.5 and eight.

Harden is the prime reason why the Rockets have won five straight games and 16 of their last 18, but he shot just 25.6 percent in the two contests against the Thunder. “When they double-team me, just get off the ball and put trust in my teammates to make the play for me,” Harden told reporters in terms of what he needs to do different. “It’s just having confidence of knocking down shots and making the right play. It doesn’t have to be the home-run play all the time.” Westbrook shot just 37.8 percent in the two games and is entering this contest on the heels of two shaky shooting performances. The 28-year-old was 19-of-59 – including 4-of-22 from 3-point range – as Oklahoma City lost back-to-back games, including Wednesday’s 123-112 road setback against Charlotte.

Houston won its last outing, a 101-91 result against the Wizards on January 02. The Rockets covered in that game as a -7.5-point favorite, while the 192 combined points took the game UNDER the total.

Oklahoma City was a 123-112 loser in its last match on the road against the Hornets. They failed to cover the +2-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 235 sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

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Oklahoma City:
Team record: 21-15 SU,18-18 ATS
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma City’s last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Oklahoma City’s last 9 games on the road
Oklahoma City is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Houston

Houston:
Team record: 27-9 SU,24-12 ATS
Current Streak: won 5 straight games.
Houston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston’s last 7 games

Next up:
Oklahoma City home to Denver Saturday, January 7
Houston at Orlando Friday, January 6

PRO HOOPS UPDATES
1. The Rockets have won seven of the last 10 meetings.

2. Oklahoma City SG Victor Oladipo scored a season-best 29 points in a 105-103 victory over Houston on Nov. 16.

3. Houston backup SG Eric Gordon recorded a season-high 31 points against the Wizards and has made 15 3-pointers over his last three contests.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Oklahoma City Thunder will cover the spread at +8.5 and the game will stay under 225 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Rockets 114, Thunder 110 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
OKC TEAM HOU
106.2 PTS FOR 114.6
104.9 PTS AGNST 106.7
1.3 DIFF. 7.9
34.2 DEF REBOUNDS 33.8
11.2 OFF REBOUNDS 11.3
45.8 FG% 46.9
72.8 FT% 75.7
8.4 3 POINTERS 15.0
7.6 STEALS 8.0
INJURIES
OKLAHOMA CITY
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
HOUSTON
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
OKLAHOMA CITY
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma City’s last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Oklahoma City’s last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Oklahoma City’s last 19 games when playing Houston
Oklahoma City is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing Houston
Oklahoma City is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Houston
Oklahoma City is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston
Oklahoma City is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston
HOUSTON
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston’s last 7 games
Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Houston is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Houston’s last 19 games when playing Oklahoma City
Houston is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing Oklahoma City
Houston is 7-0-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Oklahoma City
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Oklahoma City’s Overall Scoring vs Houston’s Overall Defense 106.2 9 106.7 24
Oklahoma City’s Away Scoring vs Houston’s Home Defense 102.5 15 103.7 16
Oklahoma City’s Road Rebounds vs Houston’s Home Rebounds Allowed 44.8 5 41.5 8
Houston’s Overall Scoring vs Oklahoma City’s Overall Defense 114.6 2 104.9 17
Houston’s Home Scoring vs Oklahoma City’s Road Defense 116.1 2 108.1 23
Houston’s Home Rebounds vs Oklahoma City’s Road Rebounds Allowed 47.0 3 40.4 2
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
OKLAHOMA CITY
No trends to report
HOUSTON
Houston is the second highest scoring team in the league at 114.6 points per game.
Houston leads the league in three points made with 15.0 per game.
POWER STATS
SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
Oklahoma City 45.8 45.5 0.4
Houston 46.9 45.2 1.7
REBOUNDING
TEAM OFF DEF TOTAL
Oklahoma City 11.2 34.2 45.4
Houston 11.3 33.8 45.1
ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO
TEAM ASSISTS TURNOVERS RATIO
Oklahoma City 21.6 14.6 1.5
Houston 25.8 15.2 1.7

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