The Oklahoma City Thunder travel to the Toyota Center in Texas for a road matchup with the Houston Rockets on Monday night. The Thunder (6-13) are going through a rebuilding season and have struggled lately with five straight losses. The Rockets (3-16) are going through a rebuild of their own, but have won two straight games on the year. Oklahoma City opens this game as slight road favorites.
Thunder Fall to WizardsLu Dort led Oklahoma City with 21 points while Shai Gilgeous-Alexander chipped in 15 but they could not hang on to a late lead against the Washington Wizards two nights ago. Gilgeous-Alexander returned from a two-game absence due to a right ankle sprain. He also had nine assists and eight rebounds.
The Thunder are playing as well as you’d expect, considering they gutted their roster over the last two seasons. Luguentz Dort has expanded his repertoire to include 17.2 points per game on 46% from the field. While Dort has been Oklahoma City's top on-ball defender since breaking into the league three years ago as an undrafted free agent, his offensive game has taken a significant step forward lately.
Rockets Propel Past Hornets in OTChristian Wood scored a career-high 33 points and had 16 rebounds to help the Rockets beat the Hornets 146-143 in overtime Saturday night. The Rockets have won two straight after a 15-game losing streak. The Rockets were boosted by hot 3-point shooting. Houston hit 23 of 49 3-pointers for 46.9%. The Rockets improved to 3-3 when making more 3s than their opponent. They're 0-13 when they get outshot from long range.
Similar to the Thunder, Houston is undergoing a total roster rehaul after trading away most of their aging stars over the last two seasons. They are averaging a pedestrian 103.5 points per game on 43.5% shooting. They lead the NBA in turnovers, which is not surprising considering the pace they play at. It has not been a pretty season so far for Rockets fans, but they are playing inspired basketball, winning their last two games. Take what you will from that.
- Rockets are 5-13 in their last 18 home games
- Rockets are 0-4-1 ATS in their last five games facing Western Conf teams
- Thunder are 6-0 ATS in their last six games
- Thunder are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against the Rockets
- All trends found on oddshark.com