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Rockets vs Thunder Predictions

03 February 2021

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Rockets vs Thunder is a Western Conference tilt between two teams with similar trajectories. We have a below average Houston Rockets team that has made a commitment to rebuilding after trading James Harden during the 2021 season. The Rockets are playing a Thunder team that is also below average, and one that made a commitment to rebuilding in the offseason prior to the 2021 season.

This series has been played over 200 times, with the split being nearly 50/50 for each team. Recent seasons track the long term history, as there is no significant advantage for either team on the recent splits.

You will find the best NBA picks for Thunder vs Rockets below.

Houston Rockets vs Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Pick

Wednesday Night at 8:00PM EST at Chesapeake Energy Arena

The Pick: Houston Rockets -6.5

Why bet the Rockets?

Home Sour Home: The Thunder are the league’s worst home team in 2021, and they lap the field in terms of lack of home success. Despite not having to play a particulalrly difficult home schedule, they are just 1-7 in home games. Their -16.7 average diffential is easily the worst in the league, and that average margin of loss is more than double that of the second worst team. The Thunder allow 123.6 points per game at home, second worst in the league, while they only score 106.9 points per game, sixth worst in the league. These numbers were only made worse by the Rockets 136-106 dismantling of the Thunder on their home floor on Monday. Expect more of the same on Wednesday as the Thunder will be without their top player in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

Rebuild Gone Wrong? The Rockets looked to be a team giving up on the 2021 season after dealing away James Harden, but perhaps the players weren’t notified. They are on a six game winning streak, four of which away from home, winning those games by an avergage margin of more than 15 points.

Thunder rolling too fast? Both the Thunder and Rockets are top ten in the league in pace, and perhaps that pace is not well suited to the Thunder’s roster. They are just 3-9 in games in which they allow more than 110 points, while they are 5-2 in games where they allow 110 points or fewer. The Rockets average 111 points per contest and are a good bet to go over that figure that haunts the Thunder in this matchup. The Rockets team implied total is 114.25 points.

General Info about Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets

Where do the Rockets play their home games?

The Rockets play their home games at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

Where do the Thunder play their home games?

The Thunder play their home games at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Where can you watch Thunder vs Rockets?

You can tune into this game on NBA League pass with any streaming device or Fox SPorts Oklahoma on TV.

Where can you bet on Rockets vs Thunder?

USsportsbonus.com recommends BetMGM Sportsbook to get the best odds and betting options on the Thunder vs Rockets matchup.

Thunder vs Rockets Predictions

Thunder Rockets has been played over two hundred times, with the Thunder having just the slightest edge on the historical split. The more recent years paint quite a similar picture. The Rockets carry just a slight advantage over the Thunder and the series has been quite competitive in both the short term and long term.

Check the Thunder vs Rockets predictions above for this game’s best betting pick.

Rockets vs Thunder Against the Spread Predictions

Rockets vs Thunder against the spread predictions refer to whether the Thunder or Rockets win or lose by the necessary points to cover the spread. For a hypothetical line, we will use the Rockets -5. This means a wager on the Rockets would require them to win by more than five points to be considered a winner. A wager on the Thunder, at +5, would require them to either win the game outright or to lose by fewer than six points to be considered a winner.

Check above for the best Rockets vs Thunder against the spread predictions.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets Over / Under Betting

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets Over/Under betting is a way of wagering on the contest without being required to pick the winner of the game. Instead, these wagers are against a set total of combined points in the game. For a hypothetical example, we will use a total set at 224.5 points. Over/Under wagers on this contest would be betting over or under 224.5 combined points for the two teams.

There are many factors to be considered when diving into Over/Under wagering. These factors include pace (expected possessions per game), offensive efficiency and defensive efficiency. Knowing which teams play faster and slower, and which teams play with a higher and lower level of efficiency at each end of the floor.

See above if there is a best Over/Under play for Rockets vs Thunder.

Houston Rockets vs Thunder Moneyline Predictions

 Money Line wagering on NBA is a fun way to bet on one team or the other, while taking the point spread out of play.

Instead of laying or taking the points on the spread, you can lay odds on the favorite or take odds on the underdog to simply win the game outright. If you are looking to wager on a game, for instance the Rockets vs Thunder Money Line predictions, but want to avoid the point spread, a Money Line wager is worth considering.

For an example of how a Money Line wager differs from an against the spread wager, we will use our Rockets -5 hypothetical example from above. Instead of the standard -110 odds on an against the spread play, the Rockets can be bet on to simply win outright while laying odds. The Thunder can be bet on to win the game outright while getting odds.

In our hypothetical, we would expect to have to lay about -195 on the Rockets and expect to get about +160 on the Thunder.

With no edge on the all time series the history does not point us to either side of this matchup. History is often not a strong determinging factor on who to play in NBA games, and both the long term and short term history of this series does not point us in either direction. We need to look at other factors to determine the best play in Rockets vs Thunder matchups.

There are hours of research required for successful NBA predictions, and we are here to provide that for you, with a conclusion summed up and bottom lined. Check above for a synopsis and who to play in this Thunder vs Rockets matchup.

Thunder vs Rockets Odds

The NBA carries the most fluid and ever changing odds of all the major sports in the United States. We often see a slow release of odds and against the spread, over/under and money line odds with frequent fluctuation throughout a given day leading up to tipoff. The Thunder vs Rockets odds will not draw a massive betting market from the general public, so just a handful of large wagers could move the lines significantly in one direction or the other.

Live Streaming Rockets vs Thunder

We do not currently have amy sports books in the United States that offer streaming of NBA games. This will assuredly change in the future, but for now we are still required to turn to paid streaming services that might have the game you are looking. For live streaming Rockets vs Thunder you are limited to YouTubeTV, FuboTV and Hulu. NBA League Pass is the easiest avenue for streaming NBA games.


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