Houston Rockets at Oklahoma City Thunder Free NBA Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 3/9/2014
Tuesday, March 11, 8:00 PM on NBAt, FSOK, CSNH
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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When the Oklahoma City Thunder visited the Houston Rockets on Jan. 16 of this year, it ended up being a record setting performance for the Rockets. However, this wasn't the kind of record the Rockets wanted to set. The Thunder were able to win this game 104-92 after a monumental collapse by the Rockets in which they scored a total of 19 points in the second half after being up 73-59 at the end of the first half. In the first half of this game, Houston scored 12 3-pointers. After the half, the Rockets didn't hit another shot from behind the arc.
Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 36 points, five rebounds and seven assists. Serge Ibaka also had a stellar game contributing 21 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks. Reggie Jackson added 23 points, two rebounds, four assists and six steals.
James Harden led the Rockets with 16 points, seven rebounds and eight assists. Terrence Jones had 16 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block. Amazingly enough, the Rockets were still winning by 12 with four minutes left in the third quarter. Oklahoma City then went on a 15-3 run to tie the game going into the fourth quarter. Oklahoma City was then able to keep up the defensive pressure and pull away in this one.
In a comparison of two halves, Houston scored 73 in the first half, shot 57 percent from the field, was 12-20 from behind the arc and had five turnovers. In the second half, the Rockets scored 19 points, shot 19 percent from the field, was 0-14 from three and had 12 turnovers.
Under is 5-5 over the last 10 meetings between these two teams
Houston is 1-3 ATS over the last four games in OKC
Houston is 6-4 ATS over their last 10 games overall
Oklahoma City is 4-6 ATS over their last 10 games
Injuries to Watch
02/20/14 G Ronnie Brewer Ankle out indefinitely
01/25/14 F Greg Smith Knee out indefinitely
03/08/14 G Russell Westbrook Foot injured probable
03/02/14 G Thabo Sefolosha Leg out indefinitely
02/22/14 C Kendrick Perkins Groin out indefinitely
Over their last 10 head-to-head meetings, Oklahoma City is 6-4 against the spread and 3-1 at home ATS. Oklahoma City has covered in five of the last six matchups between these two teams. The Thunder haven't played well ATS over the last 10 including not covering in five straight.
Houston is covering at a good rate over the last month, winning ATS in over 50 percent of their games. They've also covered in four of their last six away games.
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