In tonight’s Western Conference matchup, the Oklahoma City Thunder (6-13) are focused on breaking their five-game losing streak versus the low-tier Houston Rockets (3-16). Will the Thunder win only their third road contest of the 2021-22 NBA season?
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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets news
Furthermore, for Monday night’s intraconference game, the Thunder are 13-6 against the spread this season, whereas the Rockets are 8-10-1 against the spread. This below-.500 meeting begins at 8 p.m. ET on AT&T SportsNet Southwest, Bally Sports Kansas City, Bally Sports Midwest, Bally Sports Oklahoma, Bally Sports Southwest and NBA League Pass. Per Land of Basketball’s database, these Western Conference teams have played one another in 228 all-time regular season games. Oklahoma City is 117-111 versus Houston. On Nov. 17, the Thunder defeated the Rockets 101-89.
On another subject, the Rockets have recalled Josh Christopher, Usman Garuba and Daishen Nix from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the organization’s G League affiliate. Through eleven games this season, Christopher is averaging 3.0 points, almost 1.0 rebound and 1.0 assist per game. The rookie was selected 24th overall in the 2021 NBA Draft. Both Garuba and Nix have plenty of time to improve their performances on the court.
The #Rockets have recalled Josh Christopher, Usman Garuba, and Daishen Nix from their NBA G League affiliate, Rio Grande Valley.
— Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) November 29, 2021
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets betting lines and odds
Point spread: Rockets -2 (-110)
Best moneyline: Thunder +110, Rockets -130
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets injury report
Thunder: SF Kenrich Williams (out)
Rockets: PG John Wall (out indefinitely) | SG Jalen Green (out indefinitely)
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets preview
Moreover, last Friday, in the Thunder’s 101-99 home loss versus the Wizards, forward Luguentz Dort scored a team-high 21 points in 36 minutes played. Guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander also contributed 15 points, 8.0 rebounds and 9.0 assists in 34 minutes of action. While the Thunder did outscore the Wizards 31 to 25 in the fourth quarter, they fell behind throughout the course of the game.
In addition to the Wizards winning with a total of 15 turnovers, their shots were more accurate across the court. Oklahoma City shot 38-for-94 (40.4%) from the field and 11-for-33 (33.3%) from three-point range. Referencing Team Rankings’ win total projections, the Thunder are projected to finish their regular season with 25.7 wins. After this loss, they are now 4-6 at home, 2-7 away and 6-3 ATS on the road.
Meanwhile, in the Rockets’ surprising 146-143 overtime win against the Hornets on Saturday, center Christian Wood led his team to victory with 33 points, 16 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 41 minutes spent on the court. Guard Kevin Porter Jr. had 23 points, 8.0 rebounds and 12 assists in 42 minutes played as well. The team was due for another win, but bettors were not expecting it to come against the Hornets.
Houston shot 51-for-95 (53.7%) from the floor and 23-for-49 (46.9%) from behind the arc. Not to mention, the Rockets outscored the Hornets 54 to 48 in the paint. Nonetheless, even with another win added to their record, the win total projection remains unchanged. The Rockets are expected to win no more than 20 games this season. Now, they are 3-5 at home, 0-11 away and 3-5 ATS at home.
Projected starting lineup
Thunder: PG Shai Gilgeous-Alexander | SG Josh Giddey | SF Luguentz Dort | PF Darius Bazley | C Jeremiah Robinson-Earl
Rockets: PG Kevin Porter Jr. | SG Eric Gordon | SF Jae’Sean Tate | PF Garrison Mathews | C Christian Wood
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets prediction
Besides comparing box-score game statistics, the total for tonight’s matchup is set at 216.5. Based on the spread consensus, about 57% of bettors are predicting the Thunder will cover the spread at Toyota Center. Likewise, regarding the point total consensus, 52% of gamblers are hoping the total will go over 216.5. So far this season, Oklahoma City is 1-0 as a favorite, 5-13 as an underdog and 6-3 ATS away, while Houston is 1-1 as a favorite, 2-15 as an underdog and 3-5 ATS at home.
For valuable betting trends, the Thunder are 6-0 ATS in their last six performances. To add to that, they are 0-5 straight up in their past five games. The total has gone under in 10 of their previous 14 contests this season, too. Next, the Thunder are 1-5 SU in their last six road games at Toyota Center. Finally, Oklahoma City is 5-0 ATS in the team’s past five games this season, and the total has gone under in seven of the Thunder’s previous eight matches versus Western Conference opponents.
As for the Rockets, they are 3-6 ATS in their past nine performances this season. Also, the total has gone under in 13 of Houston’s last 20 games. And, they are 0-4-1 ATS in their previous five contests played against Western Conference opponents. Next, Houston is 3-6 ATS in the team’s past nine matches played in the month of November. Therefore, contemplate picking the Thunder to win and cover the spread.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets betting pick
Pick the Thunder to win, they will cover the spread and the total will go under 216.5. Oklahoma City is a two-point underdog with BetUS.
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