Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets / NBA – Oklahoma and Houston could easily meet in the play-off’s first round (Houston would have the home-field advantage) although that can change. Houston closed in on Denver and will definitely attack the second place in the Western Conference.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets begins 10.04.2019 at 03:30 CET
Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma has showed twice this season to know how to defeat Houston (lost one game). The Thunder did it the first time with 18-point difference, while the second time the difference was more modest 117-112. Still, those games are irrelevant today since Oklahoma wants to not go lower than the second place by the end of regular season. It is hard to tell who is bigger danger for them – Warriors, Nuggets or Rockets? Their fans are thrilled with good shape of their team as Oklahoma won last three games.
Westbrook will finish the third season in a row with triple-double which is indeed an incredible result but he will definitely not be satisfied if his team gets eliminated in the first round of play-off. Right now Oklahoma has 47 wins and 33 losses, the same number of wins as the Spurs and Clippers, who lost one game more. If Oklahoma wins it would make a significant step toward defending the sixth place, and if it succeeds it would face Houston or Denver in the first round of play-off.
Probable lineups Oklahoma City Thunder: Westbrook, Ferguson, George, Grant, Adams
After six-game winning streak Houston reached position to fight for the second place in the Western Conference. Right now the Rockets are the third with score 53-28, and game with Oklahoma is their last in the regular season. If they lose then would most probably end up at the third place given that Denver, which is the second with score 57-23, has two more games to play by the end of regular season – with Utah and Minnesota, and needs just one more win to stay at the second position.
Houston shoots well from the field; it scored even 27 three-pointers (from 57 attempts) in the last victory over the Suns, which is new NBA record. Associate coach Jeff Bzdelik led the team in last two games since the head coach Mike D’Antoni has stomach flu. We should mention that Harden still keeps the pace and he scored 20 and more points in last 56 games (he is by far the best NBA scorer with 36.1 pts per game on average, or even 8 more than second-placed George from Oklahoma).
Probable lineups Houston Rockets: Harden, Paul, Gordon, Tucker, Capela
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets PICK
Both teams have long winning streaks and the only question how much will calculate and try to pick starting position for the play-off. Perhaps the safest bet would be to say that the two teams cannot have a bad day for shooting from the field (although their first head-to-head ended as Oklahoma wins 98-80) and we can again expect an efficient basketball on both sides of the court.
Pick: over 225.5 points
Odds: 1.90 at bet365 (down to 1.83 can be played)
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