One of the ten-game NBA slate scheduled for Wednesday, February 15, will be played in Oklahoma, and here you can check out the best Rockets vs. Thunder betting pick and odds.
Houston is hoping to avoid the seventh straight loss when they visit Oklahoma City at Paycom Center. The Thunder are 9-point favorites on BetOnline Sportsbook, while the total is set at 235.5 points. These conference rivals will meet for the fourth time this year; the Rockets lead the series 2-1.
Rockets couldn’t do much against the Sixers
The Houston Rockets (13-44, 24-32-1 ATS) are still at the rock-bottom of the Western Conference with the worst record in the entire NBA. The Rockets are currently on a five-game road trip which they opened with a pair of defeats to the Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers, so now they are on a six-game losing skid. Houston shot just 40.7% from the floor and made only six three-pointers opposite Philly’s 15, while the Rockets were also inferior in assists (17-26).
Jalen Green led the Rockets with a game-high 29 points, team-high four assists, and two steals. Kenyon Martin Jr. had 15 points and seven rebounds, Alperen Sengun had 12 points, eight boards, and two thefts, while Jabari Smith Jr. posted a double-double of ten points and a game-high 12 rebounds along with five turnovers.
G Kevin Porter Jr. is sidelined with a left foot contusion, and it is unknown how long he will be out.
Thunder suffered a tight loss to New Orleans
The Oklahoma City Thunder (27-29, 34-21-1 ATS) returned home from a three-game road trip on which they recorded a couple of wins against the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers. However, the Thunder couldn’t make it three in a row as the New Orleans Pelicans prevented them with a 103-100 victory. Oklahoma City shot 42.2% from the field and trailed by 20 points at one moment, while the Thunder never had a lead in this game.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with a double-double of 24 points and game-high ten rebounds along with a game-high five assists and game-high six turnovers. Jalen Williams added 22 points, seven boards, four dishes, and two steals, Josh Giddey contributed a 17/7/4 line, while Isaiah Joe scored 16 points.
F Aleksej Pokusevski (leg) and PF Chet Holmgren (foot) are out indefinitely. SG Eugene Omoruyi (ankle) is questionable to face the Rockets on Wednesday.
- 7-17 ATS in the last 24 games overall
- 2-10 ATS in the last 12 road games
- 7-19 ATS in the last 26 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
- 12-5-1 ATS in the last 18 games overall
- 13-6 ATS in the last 19 home games
- 7-1 ATS in the last eight games following a straight-up loss
Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Pick
Oklahoma City is very much in the playoff race this season, and these are the type of games the Thunder must win. They already suffered a pair of defeats to the Rockets this year, which came as surprise, but I am backing the hosts, who won six of the last nine games at home, to get an easy victory on Wednesday. The Thunder have the fifth-best offense in the NBA that scores 117.6 points per game, while Houston has the second-worst offense that averages 110.0 ppg. Another monster showing from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is expected here. SGA scored 20+ points in 19 straight games, and I am backing him to score 30+ against Houston.
Pick: Take the Thunder at -8.5 (-120)
The Thunder have a high-flying offense, but when it comes to defense, they are just 20th in the NBA with 116.6 points allowed per game. Of course, the Rockets’ D is even worse; Houston is allowing 117.9 ppg, so we can expect to see a high-scoring affair on Wednesday. OKC scored a season-high 153 points last time they faced the Rockets, and although I don’t think they will go 150+ here, I am backing the hosts to score plenty of easy buckets. Over is 4-1-1 in the Rockets’ last six overall; Over is 4-1 in the Thunder’s previous five overall, while Over is 18-8 in Oklahoma City’s last 26 home games.
Pick: Go Over 233.5 points (-130)