Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, Monday, NBA Basketball Sports Betting, Free Picks, Predictions and Las Vegas Odds

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Houston at Oklahoma City, NBA Sports betting
When: 8:00 PM ET, Monday, December 25, 2017
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
TV: 8 p.m. ET, ABC
Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
707-Houston Rockets -1½ -111 -125 Ov 217 -110
708-Oklahoma City Thunder +1½ -109 +105 Un 217 -110
 

The fans at Chesapeake Energy Arena will be treated to a game between the Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder when they take their seats on Monday.

ABOUT THE ROCKETS (25-6): The last two games were finished without point guard Chris Paul, who left in the fourth quarter on Wednesday with a left adductor strain and sat out Friday. The All-Star is day-to-day and remains questionable for Monday’s marquee matchup. “Our aura is not right,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni told reporters after Friday’s setback. “These guys are a little tired. We’ve got to get guys back. This is an episode, a couple of episodes. The last two games, we just didn’t play well enough and without the spirit and all that. Guys are kind of a little dead. Whether it’s tiredness or whether they’re into themselves a little too much, I don’t know. We’ll work on it, but obviously it’s not good enough.”

ABOUT THE THUNDER (18-15): Carmelo Anthony is adjusting to his role playing off the ball and Paul George is turning into a defensive stopper for Oklahoma City, but Russell Westbrook is still running the show. Westbrook is averaging 29.8 points on 59.8 percent shooting with 9.5 assists and nine rebounds during the four-game winning streak, and collected his fifth triple-double of the month in Saturday’s win. George showed off his defensive prowess with six steals against the Jazz and has multiple thefts in each of the last seven contests.

Oddsmakers opened the Rockets as -4-point favorites versus the Thunder, while the game’s total opened at 215.

The Houston Rockets finally hit a rough patch despite James Harden’s historic performances and dropped the last two after winning 14 in a row. Harden will try to post his third straight 50-plus outing and lead the Rockets to a win when they visit the Oklahoma City Thunder on Christmas Day.

Harden became the first player since Kobe Bryant in 2007 to reach 50 in back-to-back games when he went for 51 against the Lakers on Wednesday and hit that number again against the Clippers on Friday, but he also joined Wilt Chamberlain as the only players to reach 50 points in consecutive losses. “We lost,” Harden told reporters when asked about his historic scoring binge. “It doesn’t matter.” The Thunder are finally beginning to surge with wins in four straight games as the roles become more clearly defined for their three star players. “We’re playing well,” forward Paul George told reporters after a 103-89 win at the Utah Jazz on Saturday. “We’re playing for one another. Our defense is holding up and offensively we’re starting to get a little flow.”

The Thunder were a 103-89 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Jazz. They covered the +1.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (192) made winners of UNDER bettors.

Houston lost its last outing, a 128-118 result against the Clippers on December 22. The Rockets failed to cover in that game as a -12-point favorite, while the 246 combined points took the game OVER the total.

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Houston:
Team record: 25-6 SU,16-14-1 ATS
Houston is 2-5-1 ATS in its last 8 games
Houston is 14-2 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston’s last 5 games

Oklahoma City:
Team record: 18-15 SU,12-21 ATS
Current Streak: won 4 straight games.
Oklahoma City is 4-12 ATS in its last 16 games
Oklahoma City is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Oklahoma City is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games at home

Next up:
Houston at Boston Thursday, December 28
Oklahoma City home to Toronto Wednesday, December 27

NBA Sports Betting Tips
1. Rockets C Clint Capela (heel), who leads the NBA with a field-goal percentage of .694, sat out the last two games and remains day-to-day.

2. Oklahoma City C Steven Adams is averaging 16.1 points this month after putting up 10.3 in November.

3. Houston took three of the four meetings last season despite Westbrook averaging 36.3 points in the four games.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Picks:  Houston Rockets will cover the spread at -1½ and the game will go over 217 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Rockets 116, Thunder 109 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

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