Rockets vs. Thunder Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for February 1 (Back the Underdog in the First Half)
Rockets vs. Thunder Game Info
- Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2023
- Time: 8:00 PM ET
- Venue: Toyota Center -- Houston, Texas
- Coverage: BSOK and SportsNet SW
The 2022-23 NBA season continues on Wednesday with nine more games, including a battle between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets. The Thunder rank last in the Western Conference with a 12-38 record, while the Thunder check in 11th with an improving 24-26 record.
Houston enters as a loser in five of its last seven games, but did beat the Detroit Pistons by a score of 117-114 on Saturday. Meanwhile, Oklahoma City has won six of its last nine games despite suffering a 128-120 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Monday. Which squad will emerge victorious tonight?
Rockets vs. Thunder Odds & Spread
- All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
- Moneyline: HOU: (+176) | OKC: (-210)
- Spread: HOU: +5.5 (-112) | OKC: -5.5 (-108)
- Total: 232.5 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
The Thunder enter this contest as notable road favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 8 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 232.5 points, which is about average compared to Wednesday's projected totals.
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Rockets vs. Thunder Betting Trends
- The Thunder compiled a 47-31-4 ATS record last year.
- The Rockets had an ATS record of 22-31-2 as underdogs of 6 points or greater last season.
- A total of 40 Thunder games last season hit the over.
- Last year, 44 of the Rockets' 82 games went over the point total.
Rockets vs. Thunder Prediction & Pick
Houston fans could use a pick-me-up given the Rockets have lost 12 of their last 13 home games. The good news is that they have found success against the Thunder as of late. Oklahoma City has lost seven of its last eight games at the Toyota Center and one of those losses came this season.
The Rockets beat the Thunder by a score of 118-105 back in November thanks to Jalen Green's 28 points and Alperen Sengun's 19 rebounds. Houston does own the best total rebounding rate in the NBA (53.1%), so expect that part of the game to take center stage again in Wednesday's matchup.
Look for the Rockets to build on their momentum from Sunday with another upset victory here.
Final Score Prediction: Rockets: 118 | Thunder: 114
Rockets vs. Thunder Best Bet
Bettors may be unwilling to back the Rockets as an outright winner in this one due to the fact that they tend to fall apart late in games. It makes backing Houston in the first half worth a shot, though. The Rockets are an impressive 16-8 against the spread (ATS) in the first half of their 24 home games.
Houston gives up only 55.2 first half points per home game, which is the 10th-best mark in the NBA. Not only that, but the Rockets also rank 12th in defensive efficiency over its last three games. The defense is starting to find its groove and should be able to keep Oklahoma City at bay early on.
Bet: Houston Rockets First Half Spread +3.5 (-118)
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