Pick Details

(701) Houston vs. Oklahoma City (702)

PICK: pinnacle @ -3.5 HOU (-107)

DATE: November 8, 2018 - 8:00 PM

STAR RATING: 8.0

SPORT: NBA

EXPERT: Scott Rickenbach

EVALUATION: Loss (-856) - Final Score HOU 80 at OKC 98

ANALYSIS:

TNT Annihilation - Rickenbach NBA Game #701 Thursday 8* Houston Rockets (-) @ Oklahoma City Thunder @ 8:05 ET - The Thunder are in the 2nd game of a back to back plus travel was involved as they were in Cleveland last night. The Rockets have a much better scheduling situation as they have been off for two days entering this game. Another issue for the Thunder is that Russell Westbrook is dealing with an ankle sprain. He missed last night's game and, without a practice day in between game days, it is quite likely he misses again tonight. Even if he would happen to play, I still like the Rockets here. Both teams are playing better for certain and they enter this game on hot streaks. However, prior to last night's game Oklahoma City had allowed 111 points per game this season. The Rockets, on the other hand, have been playing solid defense in recent games. Houston has allowed just 91 points per game their last two games and they held each of those opponents to a combined 42% from the field. The road team is 9-3 ATS in the last dozen meetings between these teams so home court has certainly proven not to be a big edge in their match-ups. Keep in mind the Rockets have been getting healthier (James Harden) while the Thunder are going the other direction (Westbrook). Houston is 22-9 ATS in November games. The Rockets also are 12-2 SU when they enter a game having played each of their 3 prior games on the road. Considering this as well as the rest edge and Westbrook's questionable status, I am happy to lay the small number on the road in this one. 8* HOUSTON


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