Rockets Still Playing Hard Despite Clinching Home Court
The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets battle on Saturday at Toyota Center. ABC Will have the telecast and tip-off is set for 8:30 pm EST.
Oddsmakers opened the Rockets as -6-point favorites versus the Thunder, while the game’s total opened at 218.5. The line has now dropped to Houston -6 and the total is at 218.
The Rockets were a 96-94 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Portland Trail Blazers. They failed to cover the -10.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (190) made winners of UNDER bettors.
Chris Paul converted a driving floater with eight-tenths of a second left. The shot secured a 96-94 victory that extended the Rockets’ home-court winning streak to 20 games. He followed a similar bit of heroics delivered by Gerald Green on March 30 against the Phoenix Suns.
Thunder in Must Win Mode at Rockets
Last time out for Oklahoma City, they were a 111-107 loser as they battled the Golden State Warriors at home. The Thunder failed to cover in the match as a -3.5-point favorite, while 218 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.
The Thunder are aware of the challenge that comes with defending the Rockets’ multitude of shooters. Any scouting report on Houston is that particular directive that you have to play defense.
Oklahoma City will be seeking a season series victory at tonight. The teams split the previous two meetings. A win by itself is of greater significance for the Thunder, losers of four of its last five games during this stretch run.
The Thunder remain squarely in the playoff picture. The tenuous standings at the bottom of the West make for dangerous footing for several teams. Bottom line is if you win you are in.
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