Thunder vs Rockets 1/20/2020 NBA Prediction, Pick, Tips
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets
Date: Monday, January 20, 2020
Location: Toyota Center in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T Sportsnet - Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Houston -6.5
Russell Westbrook and the Houston Rockets (26-15, 2nd in the Southwest Division) host the Oklahoma City Thunder (24-19, 3rd in the Northwest Division) at Toyota Center on Monday, January 20, 2020. The line on this contest has Houston as 6.5 point favorites. The total is set at 228.
The Thunder are covering the spread 65.1% of the time, having gone 28-15-0 ATS. Houston covers the spread 46.3% of the time, going 19-22-0 against the spread.
Key Oklahoma City Thunder Injuries
01/18/20 SG Terrance Ferguson Illness is questionable Monday vs Houston
01/18/20 SF Abdel Nader Ankle is questionable Monday vs Houston
Key Houston Rockets Injuries
01/17/20 PG Austin Rivers Thumb is OUT Saturday vs LA Lakers
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander averages 20.0 points per game in 35.4 minutes per contest. He averages 3.1 assists per contest and 5.8 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 47% for the year while his free throw percentage is 83%. Chris Paul comes into this contest averaging 16.7 points per game while playing 31.8 minutes per night. He pulls down 5.0 rebounds per game and dishes out 6.5 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 48% while his free throw percentage is at 90%.
James Harden averages 37.1 points per game and he sees the court an average of 37.2 minutes per contest. He also averages 6.2 rebounds per contest and 7.5 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is 86%. Russell Westbrook averages 25.1 points per game while playing 35.5 minutes per contest. He grabs 7.8 rebounds per game and has 7.2 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is at 77%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Thunder allow 108.0 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 12th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc, ranking them 16th and 13th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 44.6 rebounds a game which ranks 10th, and they give up 22.6 assists per contest which puts them in 4th place in the league. They force 14.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 8th in the league. Oklahoma City averages 109.6 points per contest this season, which ranks them 17th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 1.6 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team, which has them ranked 10th. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 23rd in the league. They average 43.3 rebounds per game and 21.9 assists per contest, which ranks them 24th and 26th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 23rd with 13.9 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Rockets surrender 114.2 points per contest, which ranks them 24th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 46% shooting percentage and a 35% average from 3-point range, ranking them 15th and 9th in those defensive statistics. They rank 28th with 25.9 assists allowed per contest, and 21st with 46.5 rebounds surrendered per game. The Rockets are 20th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 15.0 per game. Houston is 2nd in the league with 118.6 points per game this year. They are 20th in the league in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is 4.4. They shoot 35% from 3-point range, which is good for 21st in the NBA. They are 5th in the league in rebounding with 47.4 boards per game and 27th in assists per contest with 21.6. The Rockets are 12th in turnovers per game with 15.1.
The Thunder are 13th in the NBA in offensive rating with 110.4, and their defensive rating of 108.7 is ranked 14th. In terms of pace they are 24th in the league with 98.4 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 14th. As a team they are 8th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shots, ranking 21st in the league. Oklahoma City is 20th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.6 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 17th in the league.
Houston is 18th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.8 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.8 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 52%, which is 15th in the NBA. The Rockets are 2nd in the league in defensive rating with 109.7, and their offensive rating of 113.9 is ranked 15th. They are 2nd in the NBA in pace with 103.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 54% is 7th. As a unit they are 6th in the league in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 49% of their shot attempts, ranking 1st in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Thunder/Rockets NBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Oklahoma City +6.5
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