The NBA is set up with another great slate of games on Wednesday night. Nine games are up on the board throughout December 1. One of these matchups will be between the Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder. These two teams have struggled early in the season, but will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.
Houston has earned a record of 4-16 to start out the season, which has them sitting in last place of the Western Conference. The Rockets have won three games in a row and will look to keep it up in this one. Houston has picked up their play after a really poor start on the season. I expect the Rockets to try and stay strong on the road in this one.
The Thunder have put up a record of 6-14 to open up the season, which has them in thirteenth place of the Western Conference. Oklahoma City has lost six games in a row and have dropped eight of their last nine. The Thunder have not been able to get anything going as of late and will look to bounce back. Oklahoma City will look for a fast start on Wednesday night.
These two teams have been strong early in the season and will look for a big win in this one. The Rockets have been great as of late and will look to stay hot with another win. Oklahoma City will look to get back in the win column though. If either team can come out fast, it could be enough for the win in this matchup.
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Houston Rockets||+2 ½ (-110)||+115||Over 214 ½ (-115)|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||-2 ½ (-110)||-135||Under 214 ½ (-105)|
|Team Data||Houston Rockets||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Away/ Home Record||0-11||4-6|
|PPG Away/ Home||100.5||101.8|
|PAPG Away/ Home||113.0||105.6|
- 9-11 ATS this season
- 7-10 ATS as an underdog
- 5-6 ATS on the road
- 1-2 ATS after allowing 100 points or less
- 0-1 ATS after a win by 10 points or more
- 2-5 ATS against team with losing record
Oklahoma City Thunder
- 13-7 ATS this season
- 1-0 ATS as a favorite
- 7-3 ATS in home games
- 8-2 ATS after allowing 105 points or less
- 4-3 ATS after a loss by 10 points or more
- 7-2 ATS against team with losing record
These two teams have met up three times throughout this season. Christian Wood dropped 31 points and 14 rebounds in the first meeting as the Rockets earned a 124-91 win. Luguentz Dort finished with 34 points and 8 rebounds as Oklahoma City bounced back with a 101-89 win in the second game. Wood scored 24 points and 21 rebounds in the third matchup to help give Houston a 102-89 win.
Field Goal Shooting
The Rockets have struggled shooting the ball early in the season. Houston has shot 43.4 percent from the field, which is 25th in the league. The Rockets have made 32.9 percent of their shots from deep, which is 24th in the NBA. Houston has sunk 68.9 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 29th in the league.
Oklahoma City has not been any better shooting the ball throughout this season. The Thunder have made 40.7 percent of their shots from the field, which is 29th in the NBA. Oklahoma City has been shooting 30.5 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 29th in the league. The Thunder have drained 73.7 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 25th in the NBA.
Houston has been a bit better shooting the ball on the season, but the Thunder have been better on defense. Oklahoma City has allowed opposing teams to shoot 43.6 percent from the field, which is 9th in the league. The Rockets have held their opponents to a 44.8 percent from the field, which is 15th in the NBA. Both teams will look for their defenses to step up early in this one.
Locking 'em up ??
Honing and executing the fundamentals has turned moments into extended stretches in November, where the Thunder has been one of the top defenses in the entire NBA.
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) November 30, 2021
Christian Wood has been strong for Houston early in the season. Wood is averaging 16.8 points and 11.8 rebounds per game. Kevin Porter Jr. and Eric Gordon have both averaged 13.3 points per game. Jae’Sean Tate is averaging 11.4 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Garrison Matthews has averaged 10.9 points per game to round out the lineup.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been the leader for the Thunder so far this season. SGA has averaged 20.2 points per game. Luguentz Dort is averaging 16.8 points per game. Josh Giddey has averaged 10.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game. To round out the lineup, Darius Bazley is averaging 9 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.
These two teams have had their stars step up early in the season. The Rockets have the edge with their depth, but Oklahoma City has the better overall top few players. SGA has continued to blossom into a star in the league and will look to dominate in this one. Houston will need their depth to step up if they want the win in this one.
These two teams have not been able to find much of a groove early in the season, but will look for a big win in this one. Houston is coming in on a three game winning streak, including a win against the Thunder the last time out. Oklahoma City will look to end that streak though. The Thunder have the better defense and overall team and I think they can bounce back with a win at home.
BetOnline has Oklahoma City listed as a -2 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a slight edge to the Thunder at home. I agree with this lineup as Oklahoma City has been the better team. Houston is on a nice winning streak, but I do not think they can keep it going. I am taking the Thunder against the spread in this one.