Thunder Vs. Rockets Predictions – Christmas Day Basketball Betting
Oklahoma City Thunder +1.5 (-110) Vs. Houston Rockets -1.5 (-110)
As inconsistent as the Houston Rockets have been all the season, they are recently enjoying their best form of the year. How real is it? We might find out on Christmas Day when they host the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Rockets are a 1.5-point favorite to win this game at MyBookie.ag. Across the entire betting landscape, you won’t find Houston as a bigger favorite than 1.5-points. The betting line hasn’t moved since it opened, and I don’t think it will before the tipoff. The game total is at 220.5 points.
Houston has won six of their last seven games coming into Christmas Day. Their only loss during that span was against the Heat in Miami. During that run, the Rockets covered the spread five times. Only once they didn’t collect money for their backers. The other ended in a push. The difference maker from their horrible season start and the most recent good results is their willingness to play defense. The Rockets allow 108.5 points per game this season, but just 104.1 during their winning run. They held opponents to fewer than 100 points three times in those six victories.
Oklahoma City is not impressed. The Thunder dropped their last outing against Minnesota, but they were winners of the previous four outings. Unlike Houston, who is making an effort, OKC is a defensive team by nature. They have the fifth best scoring defense in the NBA, and they rack up the second most rebounds per game. OKC has won three of the last four meetings against Houston, including an 18-point win this season. During that meeting, the Thunder was a 5-point dog.
The Rockets won’t have star point guard Chris Paul available for this game. CP3 is dealing with a hamstring injury. His absent is a big deal. Houston just signed Austin Rivers to help, but Rivers is not in a position of supporting his new team against a complicated opponent like the Thunder. He hasn’t practiced enough to make an impact. What’s the play? OKC +1.5.
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