Rockets-Thunder Betting Preview: Will Houston Cover as a Road Favorite?
Photo credit: USAToday Sports. Pictured: James Harden and Paul George
Betting Odds: Houston Rockets at Oklahoma City Thunder
- Spread: Rockets -2.5
- Over/Under: 230.5
- Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
- TV Channel: TNT
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With playoff matchups hanging in the balance, James Harden and the Rockets will travel to Oklahoma City to take on Paul George and the Thunder. What’s the motivation for these teams late in the season? Is there any matchup edge?
Our analysts dive into those questions and more.
What’s At Stake
The Rockets are a half game back of the Nuggets for the 2-seed in the West.
This is Houston’s final game while Denver is in Utah tonight then hosts the Wolves tomorrow night. This is important because the Rockets own the tiebreaker, which means that if Houston wins tonight and Denver loses one of its final two games, the Rockets can get the 2-seed, ensuring home court until the Western Conference Finals.
The Thunder have a huge range of outcomes and could still be slotted anywhere from the 5-seed to the 8-seed. If they win both of their remaining games, they’re guaranteed at least the 6-seed. They’ll perhaps have some say in their first-round opponent tomorrow depending on what happens tonight, but they should at least be motivated in this matchup to win. — Bryan Mears
Betting Trends to Know
Since 2005, favorites at the end of the season (Games 81 and 82) have gone 215-176-6 (55%) against the spread. If the team is favored on the road, like Houston is in OKC, the ATS record improves to 61-40 (60.4%). – John Ewing
The Rockets have won six consecutive games entering Tuesday. This season, teams are 22-33-1 (40%) ATS after winning at least six games in a row. — Evan Abrams