Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets Prediction, 8/20/2020 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets
Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020
Location: AdventHealth Arena in Orlando, Florida
Odds/Point Spread: Houston -2
Chris Paul and the Oklahoma City Thunder go to AdventHealth Arena on Thursday where they'll take on the Houston Rockets in Game 2 of their series. Oklahoma City opens this game as 2-point dogs. The total opens at 227.5.
The Rockets took Game 1 by a score of 123-108 to take a 1-0 series lead. James Harden led the Rockets with 37 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 assists. Chris Paul paced the Thunder with 20 points, 10 boards, and 9 dimes, barely missing a triple double in the loss.
The Thunder cover 60.3% of the time, having gone 44-29-0 ATS. Houston covers the spread 46.6% of the time, going 34-39-0 against the spread.
Key Oklahoma City Thunder Injuries
08/18/20 SG Luguentz Dort Knee is questionable Thursday vs Houston
Key Houston Rockets Injuries
08/14/20 PG Russell Westbrook Quad is out indefinitely
07/21/20 SF Thabo Sefolosha Personal is out for season
Chris Paul comes into this game averaging 17.6 points per contest while playing 31.5 minutes per night this year. He grabs 5.0 rebounds per contest and distributes 6.7 assists per game. His FG percentage is 49% while his free throw percentage is 91%. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander averages 19.0 points per contest in 34.7 minutes per game. He averages 3.3 assists per game and 5.9 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 47% for the season while his free throw percentage is 81%.
P.J. Tucker scores 6.9 points per contest while playing 34.3 minutes per game. He hauls in 6.6 rebounds per contest and has 1.6 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage is at 81%. James Harden averages 34.3 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 36.5 minutes per game. He also brings in 6.6 rebounds per game and has 7.5 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is 87%.
Useful Team Statistics
Oklahoma City averages 110.4 points per contest, which is 21st in the league. Their average scoring margin is 2.0 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a unit, which has them ranked 10th. From 3-point territory they shoot 36%, which is good for 18th in the NBA. They average 42.9 boards per contest and 21.7 assists per game, which ranks them 23rd and 28th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 25th with 13.7 per game. The Thunder allow 108.4 points per contest, which is 7th in the NBA. They also surrender a 46% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 10th and 3rd in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 44.8 rebounds a game which ranks 13th, and they allow 23.0 assists per game which puts them in 5th place in the league. They force 14.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 13th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Houston is 2nd in the NBA with 117.8 points per contest this season. They are 22nd in the league in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is 2.96. They shoot 35% from beyond the arc, which is good for 24th in the league. They are 18th in the NBA in rebounding with 44.3 boards per contest and 29th in assists per game with 21.6. The Rockets are 16th in turnovers per contest with 14.7. The Rockets give up 114.8 points per game, which ranks them 23rd in the league. Their defense surrenders a 46% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 14th and 7th in those defensive statistics. They rank 23rd with 25.3 dimes allowed per game and 30th with 47.9 boards surrendered per contest. The Rockets are 28th in the league in forcing turnovers with 16.2 per contest this year.
The Thunder are 16th in the NBA in offensive rating with 110.8, and their defensive rating of 108.8 is ranked 7th. In terms of pace they are 22nd in the league with 98.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 18th. As a team they are 9th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shots, ranking 25th in the league. Oklahoma City is 22nd in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.4 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.6 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%, which is 22nd in the league.
Houston is 20th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.7 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 53%, which is 17th in the NBA. The Rockets are 6th in the league in defensive rating with 110.1, and their offensive rating of 112.9 is ranked 14th. They are 2nd in the NBA in pace with 103.7 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 54% is 7th. As a unit they are 5th in the league in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 50% of their shot attempts, ranking 1st in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Thunder/Rockets NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Houston -2
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