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When and where: February 9, 2019, Toyota Center, Houston, TX, 8:30 PM ET
The Houston Rockets will take aim at the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night in a battle of top Western Conference teams. After snapping a two-game losing streak, the Rockets have bounced back with three straight wins over the Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz. Meanwhile, the Thunder are coming off wins over the Memphis Grizzlies and Orlando Magic.
Westbrook earns a triple-double
After a rocky start to the season, the Thunder are slowly finding their spark as a team. They have quickly gone from being one of the most disappointing teams in the NBA to quite possibly the biggest Western Conference threat to the Golden State Warriors.
Make no mistake, they still face long odds like every other team in the league hell-bent on unseating the defending champions, but the combination of Russell Westbrook and Paul George is coming together beautifully in their second season. Perhaps that growth will give way to a deep playoff run and a possible conference championship meeting with the Warriors. The third-ranked Thunder are only a couple games out from tying the Denver Nuggets for the second-most wins in the Conference.
Their win on Thursday night over the overmatched Memphis Grizzlies didn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know. It was a dominant performance that ended in a 117-95 win. Not that the Grizzlies stood much of a chance playing in the Chesapeake Energy Arena madhouse.
Westbrook notched another triple-double under his belt with 15 points, 13 rebounds, 15 assists and four steals, while George contributed a team-high 27 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals.
Rockets knock off the Kings
Rockets star guard James Harden continues to look like a man amongst boys in a game-by-game basis. If not for the bearded basketball daemon, the Rockets would already be buried in the Western Conference without much hope of seeing the playoffs. Yet, they have remained relevant even in the absence of center Clint Capela and Chris Paul for a significant stretch of the season.
Harden has proudly accepted the burden of carrying the Rockets on his back, and he is averaging a ridiculous 36.5 points per game and 7.9 assists. There may not be a better regular season player in the entire league. On Wednesday night, the Rockets knocked off the streaking Kings to win their third consecutive game.
The team as a whole shot 45.0 percent from the floor and forced 22 turnovers in the 127-101 win. Harden finished with a team-high 36 points, six rebounds and two steals. Meanwhile, Chris Paul netted a double-double with 15 points, two rebounds, 11 assists and two steals.
- Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games
- Rockets are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games after a straight up win
- Rockets are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games after an ATS win
- Rockets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after a straight up win of more than 10 points
- Thunder are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in the previous game
- Thunder are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games
- Thunder are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 after scoring 100 points or more in the previous game
- Thunder are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after a straight up wi