Oklahoma vs Houston Rockets
Two strong teams from the West coast, Oklahoma will host Houston. I must give advantage to the current No.1 team in the Western Conference but also the team with current best record overall in the NBA.
The Rockets really are looking great at this point. This team is 15-0 in their last 15 games plus lost just once in last 20. Their victory over Boston Celtics the other day was outstanding. I mean on such made late comeback. When we have such powerful shooting team, everything is possible. But what I really like about Rockets is the fact they improved a lot their defense. Yes, the Rockets plays respectable defense right now what sounds impossible for a team who has James Harden in it's roster. And now always offensively great Houston with this improved defense, is a team to bet on.
On the other side we have Oklahoma City Thunder from whom everyone have had big expectation in this season. And IMO Oklahoma mainly met those expectations. Most likely they will be in playoffs and IMO they can win first round match up. But, current No. 7 on the west is something that Thunder want to avoid. Cause No.7 and No.8 will meet Rockets and Warriors, so almost no chance. Thus, Oklahoma need strong finish of the regular season to move above 7th position. How big crowd is on the west, I think Oklahoma can achieve it. One a little bit longer winning streak would be enough. But today I don't think Oklahoma can win. After all, lately the host is not on the highest level. During this 15-0 Houston run, Oklahoma went only 7-8.
Carmelo is far from expected. Paul George together with Russel Westbrook was mainly great but Carmelo Anthony is done if you ask me. Very poor contribution from him and this Oklahoma Big 3 is more like a Big 2.
So, no matter I said all positive for Oklahoma, IMO in this matchup hardly they can be successful.
I mean, Oklahoma is good but when they meet some of the league best, they will hardly be competitive. Something like recently when Oklahoma was demolished 30+ pts by Golden State Warriors. It's true that was on the road but also now at home vs Houston Rockets, I see nothing but away win.
Oklahoma vs Houston Rockets prediction
|Houston ML||188bet||1.51||8||112-122 WON (+4.08 units)|