Friday, January 29, 2016
Chesapeake Energy Arena
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The Houston Rockets travel to Chesapeake Energy Arena to play the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday, January 29, 2016. The opening line for this game has Oklahoma City as 8.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 222.5.
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The Rockets come into this game with an overall record of 25-23 and a road record of 10-12. They are 4th in the Southwest Division. They currently have a point differential of -1.4 as they are averaging 104.7 points per game while giving up 106.1 per contest. Houston is 6-6 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 18-13. They are 6-4 in their last 10 games. The Thunder have an overall record of 35-13 and a home record of 21-5. They currently are 1st in the Northwest Division. They are averaging 109.3 points per game and surrendering 101.3, good for a point differential of 8. Oklahoma City has a division record of 10-1 and a conference record of 24-4. In their last 10 games they are 9-1.
James Harden comes into this contest averaging 27.5 points per game while playing 37.3 minutes per night so far this season for the Rockets. He pulls down 6.3 rebounds per game and dishes out 6.9 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 43% while his free throw percentage is currently at 87%. Dwight Howard averages 14.4 points per game in 32.3 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.5 assists per contest and 12 rebounds per game for Houston. His field goal percentage is 61% for the year while his free throw percentage is 56%.
Russell Westbrook averages 24.1 points per game while playing 34.2 minutes per contest this year for the Thunder. He grabs 7.3 rebounds per game and has 9.8 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage currently is at 82%. Kevin Durant averages 27 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 35.9 minutes per contest. He also averages 7.9 rebounds per contest and 4.6 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 51% and his free throw percentage is 89%.
Houston averages 104.7 points per contest this season which ranks them 4th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -1.4 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them ranked 18th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 16th in the league. They average 52.8 rebounds per game and 21.4 assists per game which ranks them 10th and 18th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 27th with 16.4 per game. The Rockets allow 106.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 27th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 27th and 22nd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 52.8 rebounds a game which ranks 20th and they give up 24.6 assists per contest which puts them in 30th place in the league. They force 16.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 6th in the league.
Oklahoma City averages 109.3 points per game this year which ranks them 2nd in the league. Their average scoring margin is 8 and their shooting percentage is 48% as a team which has them sitting in the 3rd spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 9th in the NBA. They average 55.7 rebounds per game and 22.1 assists per contest which ranks them 3rd and 13th respectively. In the turnover department the Thunder rank 26th with 15.4 per game. The Thunder allow 101.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 15th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 5th and 18th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 49.8 rebounds a game which ranks 5th and they give up 20.6 assists per contest which puts them in 6th place in the league. The Thunder force 13.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 23rd in the NBA.
The Rockets average 105 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 108.7 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -2.5 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -6.3 per contest. The Rockets have an offensive rating of 107.1 and a defensive rating of 108.5. In terms of pace they average 96.8 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 51%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 55% and they shoot 3 pointers on 37% of their shots. Houston turns the ball over an average of 14.7 times per 100 possessions and they force 14.4 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%.
The Thunder score 107.9 ppg at home and they have averaged 120 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of -0.3 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 9.9 points per game. The Thunder rating on offense is 112.7 and they have a defensive rating of 104.5. They get 96.2 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 52%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 56% and they attempt 3 pointers on 26% of their shot attempts. Oklahoma City turns the ball over on 13.7 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 12.4 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 48%.
Houston Rockets Betting Trends
The Houston Rockets are 20-28-0 against the spread
The Houston Rockets are 26-20-2 against the over/under
Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Trends
The Oklahoma City Thunder are 19-29-0 against the spread
The Oklahoma City Thunder are 21-27-0 against the over/under
Houston Rockets Injuries
11/18/15 F Sam Dekker Back out indefinitely
01/12/16 F Donatas Motiejunas Back out indefinitely
Oklahoma City Thunder Injuries
01/28/16 PG Cameron Payne Concussion injured last game, "?" Friday vs. Houston
01/25/16 G Andre Roberson Knee expected to miss 3-4 weeks
Josh's Pick: Take Oklahoma City
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