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Where: Toyota Center
When: Monday, January 20, 2020, 5:00 pm ET
We have a Western Conference NBA matchup to consider when the Oklahoma City Thunder meet the Houston Rockets for game three of their three-game season series. Oklahoma City is coming off a 119-106 home win over the Portland Trail Blazers and Houston enters this matchup hoping to end a three-game losing streak. The teams split the first two games and the season series is on the line Monday in Houston.
Thunder Defeat PortlandThe Thunder have won two of their last five games and if the regular season were to end today, Oklahoma City would be the seventh seed in the Western Conference. Monday marks the beginning of a two-game road trip and after Monday night head to Orlando for a Wednesday night matchup with the Magic.
🎥 Worth another look.— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) January 19, 2020
Highlights | Thunder vs Trail Blazers pic.twitter.com/Mwx8jD9q2z
Oklahoma City scores 109.4 points while allowing 108 points per game and is shooting 46.6 percent from the field, 34.4 percent from downtown and 80 percent from the charity stripe this season.
The Thunder have five players scoring in double figures and are led by guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Gilgeous-Alexander averages 20 points per game with 5.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. Gilgeous-Alexander is dropping 34.2 percent of his triple tries this season and is coming off a 22 point, ten rebounds with five assists in the Thunders home win over Portland.
Rockets Three Game Losing StreakThe Rockets have lost three straight games and if the regular season were to end today, Houston would be the sixth seed in the Western Conference. Monday night marks game three of a four-game homestand and then it’s out on the road for a four-game road trip. Houston is 14-6 at home this season with a two-game home losing streak.
🎙 Harden talks to the media after tonight's game. pic.twitter.com/s1NQVCeKM1— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) January 19, 2020
Houston scores an average of 118.7 points and allows 114 points per game while shooting 45.2 percent from the floor, 34.8 percent from downtown and 78.5 percent from the charity stripe this season.
The Rockets have six players scoring in double digits and are led by All-Star guard James Harden. Harden scores an average of 37.1 points per game with 6.2 rebounds and leads Houston with 7.4 assists. Harden is draining 30 percent of his triple attempts this season and scored 37 points with seven assists and six caroms in the Rockets home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Trends from Covers.com Houston is:
- 4-1 ATS last 5 playing on 1 day's rest.
OKC is: n/a
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I will be going with the Rockets in this matchup. Losing three straight home games isn’t acceptable for the high scoring Rockets and I see them sneaking past the Thunder. OKC plays defense and they are going to roll over for Houston, but the Rockets offense is too good and should be able to outscore the Thunder at home. I will be rolling with the Rockets to defeat the Thunder in this matchup.
Full-Game Total Pick
My math has this one at 219 points and that number might be a tad bit low for this matchup. The Rockets are one of the fastest-paced teams while the Thunder are a below-average pace game and even though Chris Paul is going to force Houston to play slower, there should still be enough possessions to exceed the total. Houston shoots the most triples in the NBA and is middle of the road at defending the triple. I will play OVER at 219 points and below in this matchup.