Thunder vs. Rocket Prediction
James Harden and Russell Westbrook will square off Saturday night in the Toyota Center when the Rockets host the Thunder at 8:30 p.m. ET. Laying only a single bucket as the host, will Houston cover against its Western Conference foe?
8:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, February 9, 2019
Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sportsbook BetNow.eu, the Rockets are 2-point favorites to beat the Thunder. The total, meanwhile, sits at 237 points and as of this writing, 58% of the public betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Rockets to cover the point spread.
Oklahoma City Thunder Fantasy Spin
Russell Westbrook notched his eighth consecutive triple-double on Thursday, scoring 15 points (5-of-16 FGs, 4-of-6 FTs) with 13 rebounds, 15 assists, four steals and one 3-pointer against the Grizzlies. Westbrook is now one triple-double shy of the NBA record for consecutive triple-doubles, which was set by, you guessed it, Wilt Chamberlain in 1967/68. His percentages and turnovers hold him back a bit in roto settings, but Russ is still putting up 18.0 points, 13.2 boards, 15.0 dimes and 1.6 steals over his last five games.
Houston Rockets Fantasy Spin
James Harden was cooking as usual during a 127-101 win in Sacramento on Wednesday, scoring 36 points with six rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and eight 3-pointers in just 32 minutes. That's 28 straight games with 30-plus points for the heavy favorite for MVP. Harden also went to the line just twice today after getting there at least seven times in each game since three on Dec. 6, averaging an absurd 13.4 attempts per game in those 29. He has 14.9 makes per 48 in that span, which is more than the Kings and Heat entire teams have in that span. Nobody gets to the line like Harden and he's now at a ridiculous 36.5 points per game this season.
NBA Betting Trends
The Thunder is 5-1 against the spread in its last six games overall and 4-1 against the number in its last five road games.
The Rockets have not fared well at home of late, covering just once in their last five games played at the Toyota Center.
The Thunder have struggled to cover the spread in previous meetings between these two teams, going just 6-14 at the betting window in their last 20 games versus the Rockets. Houston is also 12-5-1 against the number in its last 18 conference games, has covered in seven of its last 10 games versus an opponent with a winning percentage above .600, and is 4-1 ATS in its last five home games when playing a team with a winning road record.
Saturday NBA Prediction: Houston Rockets -2