Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder at the Toyota Center, one of the most attractive games for today, some people are saying that the teams will not hurt themselves and they have already made a pact to avoid injuries to the players, but those are just rumors, the Rockets at home do not have mercy and they have shown power winning the last 20 games at home in a solid way and scoring many points per game.
Houston Rockets: The conference and the finals.
If we wanted to talk about the Rockets season, we would fill in more than 1000 pages detailing how well the team has done in each aspect of the game. Houston Rockets has shown a new team this season, with the arrival of Chris Paul things changed for the better. At home, the Rockets have won 85% of the games, it’s crazy, nobody in the league has come close to that high percentage.
114.7 points on average per game at home, 46.3% field goal, 77% free throw, 15.50 three pointers, that’s almost 45 points per game with only three pointers. Harden, Ariza, Paul and Gordon are all over 82% + in free throw. Harden is scoring an average of 30.6 points per game, Paul 18 points and Gordon 18 points, but Gordon is injured and is probably to stay out of this game.
Houston can win this game, at home the defense works hard, they only allow an average of 104.9 points, the defense work is so good that the numbers of the visiting teams tend to fall to -10% in the Totoya Center. The Houston Rockets do not need to demonstrate power against the Thunder, but defeating Oklahoma City Thunder would be beneficial, taking them out of the playoffs (if possible) would be a good thing to avoid facing them in conference games.
Oklahoma City Thunder: They need to win to stay in a playoff spot.
This game for Westbrook and company is important, they should win at the Rockets home, but they know that the home team is a difficult one and to win the strategy has to be solid against the Rockets. The team has had a poor performance on the road this season, they have only achieved 19 wins and 20 losses, it has been very difficult to win on the road for them.
106.5 points on average on the road, 44.4% field goal, 35.9% three pointers, and free throws have been a nightmare, in the ranking of the league the Thunder is ranked 29 with 68.5% free throws. Paul George 21.6 points on average, Carmelo Anthony 16.2 points and Russell Westbrook 25.6. The combination between Melo and George has not yet worked in favor of the Thunder.
This game is interesting, Oklahoma City Thunder is in a position where they should not lose any of the next 3 games including this game against the Rockets. After this game the Thunder will have to play against the Heat and the Grizzlies, two relatively easy teams compared to the Rockets, but they should win at the Toyota Center to gain confidence and travel to Miami with better expectations.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder today on 7/3/2018 is: Take the Thunder +7.0 (spread)
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