Thunder vs. Rockets NBA Prediction
Following a tumultuous two weeks, James Harden and the Rockets will take on Harden’s former team in their season opener on Wednesday when the OKC Thunder visit the Toyota Center at 8:00 p.m. ET. With the spread sitting at 7.5 and the total at 224.5, what’s the play tonight for bettors?
565 Oklahoma City Thunder (+7.5) at 566 Houston Rockets (-7.5); o/u 224.5
8:00 p.m. ET, Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Venue: Toyota Center, Houston, TX
Oklahoma City Thunder DFS Spin
Darius Miller (Achilles) is unlikely to be available for Wednesday's season opener vs. the Rockets. "He's still on an individual plan right now. He's practiced and he's progressed quite a bit in a short period of time," said head coach Mark Daigneault when asked about how Miller has progressed from the Achilles tear. "In terms of availability, we're still working through what that looks like." If he is cleared, it'll likely be for very limited minutes. Either way, we don't anticipate him being a factor in fantasy hoops this season.
Houston Rockets DFS Spin
The NBA is reviewing video of James Harden at a strip club, and if it's determined to be recent, he may be in danger of missing the Rockets' season opener on Wednesday. Harden's furtive trip to the club would be a direct violation of the league's COVID-19 protocols, assuming it took place after those protocols were instated.
Thunder vs. Rockets Betting Prediction
The under is 13-6 in the last 19 meetings between these two teams and has cashed in four of the last five series meetings in Houston. The under is also 4-1 in the Thunder’s last five road games, is 37-13-1 in their last 51 games as a road underdog and is 49-21-1 in their last 71 games as an underdog. On the other side, the under is a perfect 7-0 in the Rockets’ last seven games as a home favorite, is 10-1 in their last 11 home games and has cashed in seven of their last eight games overall. The under is also 6-2 in Houston’s last eight games as a favorite.
NBA BETTING PREDICTION: ROCKETS/THUNDER UNDER 224.5