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Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Pick

Time: 8 PM EST Monday March 11, 2014, NBATV

Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The Oklahoma City Thunder host the Houston Rockets in a Western Conference match up.

In their last games: The Rockets beat the Portland Trailblazers 118-113 in OT and the Thunder lost to the L.A. Lakers 114-110.

James Harden went for 41 points in the win over the Blazers and the Rockets outscored Portland by 12 points in the 4th quarter for force OT.

Even though Kevin Durant went for a triple-double against the Lakers the Thunder did not shoot the ball well with a FG% of 42%.

The Thunder have won both match ups with the Rockets this season with the most recent being a 104-92 win in Houston.

Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

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In the last 4 games between these 2 teams the total has gone Under every time.

The road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 games between these 2 teams.

The Rockets have won 5 straight and are 8-2 in their last 10 games and the Thunder have lost 2 in a row and are 5-5 in their last 10 games.

With their recent play the Thunder have dropped to the 2nd spot in the West ½ game back of the San Antonio Spurs and only 2 games up on the Rockets and Clippers.

Betting Odds

Point Spread: – Oklahoma City -4
Total Line: 216.5
Money Line: Rockets +150 / Thunder -170

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Houston Rockets: 44-19 SU 33-28-2 ATS
Oklahoma City Thunder: 46-17 SU 34-28-1 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• HOU is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games.
• HOU is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
• HOU has an Under record of 4-0 in their last 4 vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
• OKC is 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
• OKC is 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
• OKC has an Over record of 5-2 in their last 7 games.

Sagarin Power Rankings
Houston Rockets: 95.96
Oklahoma City Thunder: 96.48

Key Player Injuries

[F] 01/25/2014 – Greg Smith out indefinitely ( Knee )
[G] 02/20/2014 – Ronnie Brewer out indefinitely ( Ankle )

[C] 02/22/2014 – Kendrick Perkins out indefinitely ( Groin )
[G] 03/02/2014 – Thabo Sefolosha out indefinitely ( Leg )

Point Spread Pick:

Sure the Thunder were easy winners in two games this season versus the Rockets, but they are struggling right now losing 5 of their last 8 games. The Rockets on the other hand are arguably playing their best basketball of the season; winners of 15 of their last 17.
Take the Houston Rockets +4.

Why waste money? Bet this game at and lay -105 instead of -110!

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