Written byon December 31 at 19:00 EST and updated on December 24 at 18:42 EST
It's a battle of Western Conference opponents of Christmas in the state of Lone Star. On Oklahoma City thunder is on the road while traveling to confront Houston Rockets Tuesday afternoon. Oklahoma City dropped 114-112 home in Timberwolves on Sunday evening in the second game from back to back. Houston returns to a 108-101 victory over Spurs on Saturday night at their last match. Thunder holds an advantage of 110-107 in all seasonal regular series and takes the last two meetings. It includes a home victory of 98:80 in the first game this season on Nov. 8.
Oklahoma City Thunder in Search for Bounceback Victory
Oklahoma City could not overcome their victory over jazz as they fell with a bucket at home against Minnesota. The thunder dropped half a game behind the lumps in the northwest division at a loss. Oklahoma City lags 10th in the first quarter, has met with 10 in the semifinals and was third placed in the third quarter. In the last quarter triumph, Thunder gave up the winning bucket for 14 seconds to play and could not pull it out. Oklahoma City shot 47.8 percent of the field, including nine out of 25 in three points, at a loss. Paul George had 31 points and 11 rebounds to lead the way at a loss.
// @hamidoudiallo and @ NerlensNoel3 last night hosted a block party. It's now 89 total blocks of the season, upping on @PhillipsMurrah a commitment of $ 8,900 for @thundercares Foundation. pic.twitter.com/igudVO79L9
– OKC THUNDER (@ okcthunder) December 24, 2018
The Thunder is slightly above the average attack this season, as they are 11th with an average of 112 points per game. Oklahoma City is 2nd in the league on the rise with 48.6 boards per game. Thunder is 24th in assists with 22.6 per game. Oklahoma City is 5th in the league in the defense of the defense because they allowed 105.6 points per night. Russell Westbrook is second in the team, while he puts 20.2 points, 10.8 rebounds, 10.3 assists and 2.63 steals per game. Paul George added 26.2 points plus 8.2 boards and 2.19 steals the match in his second year with the team. Stephen Adams chips with 16.1 points plus 10 boards a night, while Denis Schroeder added 16.2 points and 4.5 assists per game. Jerry Grant (12.3 points, 4.7 rebounds), Corey Bever, Terrance Ferguson, Andre Roberson, Raymond Felton, Alex Abrinnes and Patrick Peterson must recognize their presence at both ends. Robertson is still out after breaking his penetrating tendon on January 27. He suffered a failure and will be off until at least mid-January can not be asked for a second operation. Oklahoma City is 19th in the league in a percentage of the goal, while the team shoots 45.7 percent of the floor. Thunder is 23rd with 9.9 scored triples per game and tied for 29th in three-point recording at 32.7 percent.
Houston Rockets demanded the sixth victory in the seven games
Houston won for the fifth time in six games, after they managed to overturn Tottenham on Saturday night. The rockets are now trying to climb into the season of three goals above .500 if they can prevail here. Houston led two by one and lagged two in half before throwing San Antonio 43-26 in the third quarter to take control. The "Rockets" held "Spurs" in the final to win. Houston shot 38.9 percent of the field, including 19 of 54 in three points and controlled the glass 58-43. The rockets were led by James Harden, who had 39 points and 10 assists in the victory. Houston is 8-6-1 ATS home, and over is 9-6 in those matches. The rockets were signed by Austin Revers for the rest of the season on Monday, adding a little depth to their rotation.
On #MVP was CLUTCH last night!
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– Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) December 23, 2018
The rockets have been fighting offensive so far this season: they are 19th in the league with 109.2 points per game. Houston is 27 years oldth in rebounding with 41.3 boards per game and 27th with 21.4 assists per night. The rockets are 11th in achieving defense while allowing 108.5 points per game. James Harden leads the team with 32 points per game while winning 5.7 boards and taking 8.4 assists for one night. Eric Gordon scored 15.3 points per game, while Clint Capella averaged 17.1 points plus 12.1 rebounds and two blocks a night. PE Jack, Nine Hilario, Austin Rivers, Gerald Green, Daniel Haus Jr., James Ennis III, Michael Carter-Williams and Chris Paul (15.6 points, eight assists, 2.08 steals) are key pieces in the rotation. Gary Clark absorbs the majority of the transcripts that took place at the departed Carmelo Anthony. The rockets are tied for 23 yearsrd in the league as a percentage of goals, recording 44.7 percent as a team. Houston is 1ul in the league with 14.6 triples at night, while the team is tied for 19 yearsth recording 34.5 percent of the long-distance tracks this season. Paul suffered a virus against the heel against Heat December 20 and is out for at least two weeks.
- The rockets are 5-0-1 ATS in the last 6 domestic matches
- The rockets are 4-0-1 ATS in the last 5 games versus a team with a winning record
- The rockets are 4-0-1 ATS in the last 5 versus opponents of the Western Conference
- Thunder took 4-9 ATS in the last 13 games on Tuesday
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The missiles will miss Paul, but at least they have a few days to rest and recover after they defeated Spurs. Oklahoma City is playing its third game four nights here after equalizing Utah Saturday and losing with a bucket on Sunday. Thunder will have a hard time here, especially if Westbrook continues to fight to shoot the ball. With the Rockets home and playing well at the end, you have to give them a small advantage in this.
Prediction: Houston Rockets -1
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This will be a clash between the two teams who want to improve their positioning at the playoffs at this point. Oklahoma City held the third set of the Western Conference conference that entered into this game, while Houston returned to the eighth and final playoff place despite the lead of the Southwest Division. Both teams have their ups and downs, but Thunder has recently had a Houston number. Does the Rockets get retaliation for Oklahoma City?
The pitch is 6-1 in the last 7 of the Thunder when their opponent scored 100 or more points in the previous game, 5-1 in the last 6 versus a team with a winning record, 4-1 in the last 5 time games versus the home team winning home team and 4-1 in the last 5 games after a direct loss. Houston saw him beneath 4-0 in the last 4 matches on Tuesday, 10-1 in the last 11 against the Northwest Division and 5-1 in the last 6 versus a team with a winning record. The pitch is 5-1 in the last six meetings between the teams. Given the heavy defenses, both teams played this season, ask for this to end in aggregate.
Prediction: Under 221