Rockets vs. Thunder NBA Preview & Tips

Rockets vs Thunder tips

There’s only two days left in the regular season before the NBA Playoffs start and the Rockets vs. Thunder on Tursday should be a great game.

While the Thunder only have two more games and this is the Rockets last game of the regular season there is still a lot to play for. Both teams are in the playoffs with the Rockets in the 3rd spot only a half a game back of the Denver Nuggets and the Thunder are in the 6th spot only a half a game up on the San Antonio Spurs and L.A. Clippers.

The Rockets have been en fuego lately, as they are riding a six-game winning streak and have won eight of their last nine games. They have put up at least 130 points in three of their last four games and in their last one lit it up for 149 points.

To say Houston is balanced is an understatement, as they rank 11th in the league in both ppg and points against.

The Thunder have won three in a row and they scored 132 points in a shootout win in their last game. Oklahoma City has beaten the Rockets in two of three meetings this season.

The team ranks 8th in the league in ppg and rank in the middle of the pack in points allowed per game.

It will be tough for the Thunder to stay in the 6th spot in the West, as after this game their season finale is on the road facing the Milwaukee Bucks, who have the best record in the league.

Tuesday April 9 – 9:30 PM EST @ Chesapeake Energy Arena

Houston Rockets Form

In their last game, the Rockets’ offense blew up in winning their 6th straight with a 149-113 blowout win over the Phoenix Suns. They outscored the Suns by 30 points in the first half shooting 53% from the floor and Phoenix shot 46.2%.

James Harden and Eric Gordon combined for 56 points on 19/28 shooting and Harden came one assist shy of a triple-double.

Harden leads the NBA averaging 36.1 ppg and while he has been solid as of late he has not surpassed his season average in the last four games. Clint Capella is the team’s 2nd leading scorer and averaging a double-double on the season (16.6 ppg 12.7 rpg) and has scored at least 22 points and grabbed at least 13 rebounds in two of his last three games.

Chris Paul is averaging 15.5 ppg and 8.2 assists per game and while he only has 17 points in his last two games he has 19 assists.

Oklahoma City Thunder Form

The Thunder were on the road in their last game and got into a shootout beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 132-126. They shot a lower FG% in the game (52.2% to 54.1%), but got it done on the glass with 14 offensive rebounds while only giving up six.

Paul George and Russell Westbrook each had 27 points to lead OKC and Westbrook had another triple-double with 10 rebounds and 15 assists.

Westbrook (23 ppg 11.1 rpg 10.6 assists per game) will average a triple-double for the 3rd straight season and George leads OKC averaging 28.1 ppg.

The Thunder have five players that are averaging over 13 ppg and on the season, they are 26-14 at home and the Rockets are 22-18 on the road.

Rockets vs Thunder Betting Trends

Rockets are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games.
Rockets are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 road games.
Rockets have an Over record of 3-0-1 in their last 4 games.
Thunder are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games.
Thunder are 7-17 ATS in their last 24 games.
Thunder have an Under record of 6-2 in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record.

Houston Rockets vs Oklahoma City Thunder Tips

Both teams are playing well as of late, but neither has played a tough schedule in their last few games. The Rockets have been lighting it up, which is a concern for a Thunder team that gave up 126 points in their last game.

This game will be a shootout and will be close and while OKC may get the win Houston will cover the spread.

Pick: Rockets SU

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