(701) Houston vs. Oklahoma City (702)
PICK: sportsinteraction @ -4.5 HOU (-110)
DATE: November 8, 2018 - 8:00 PM
STAR RATING: 10.0
EXPERT: Larry Ness
EVALUATION: Loss (-1100) - Final Score HOU 80 at OKC 98
This is a 10* TNT Explosion on the Houston Rockets (8:05 EST).
Houston has won three straight on the road, most recently a 98-94 win over Indiana on Monday. With two whole nights off to prepare, I look for the Rockets to come out on top here.
OKC most recently beat Cleveland 95-86 on the road on Wednesday, but with a return home to friendly confines, I’m expecting a predictable letdown here.
Note that Houston does play with a bit of revenge here as well, as the Thunder took two of three in the season series last year.
The Rockets are averaging 105.3 PPG and they’re allowing 110.1. Of course those numbers are skewed due to the lousy overall start. Houston has started to turn things around of late, led by James Harden is averaging 27.8 points, five boards and 8.2 assists per night.
OKC is averaging 113.2 PPG and it’s allowing 111.3. Russell Westbrook is leading the way with 24.1 points, 8.3 boards and 8.9 assists per game.
I’ll point out though that the Thunder are in fact just 1-4 ATS in their last five home games vs. teams with winning road records, while Houston is 6-2 ATS in its last eight road games against teams with a winning home record. This is the second game of a back-to-back set for OKC and I believe it comes in “flat footed.”
Lay the points.