Thunder vs Rockets Game Info
2022 NBA Summer League Game
Oklahoma City Thunder (0-0) vs. Houston Rockets (0-1)
Date: Saturday, July 9, 2022
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Venue: Thomas & Mack Center — Las Vegas, NV
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets go head-to-head in Las Vegas Summer League action on Saturday. The Thunder's roster is filled with talented young players due to general manager Sam Presti's love for draft picks. All eyes will, once again, be on Chet Holmgren to lead the Thunder after going second overall at the 2022 NBA Draft.
The Rockets, meanwhile, look to rebound after losing to the Orlando Magic, 91-77, on Thursday. Josh Christopher was Houston's standout performer in the loss, finishing with a team-high 22 points in 25 minutes of action. However, it's safe to say that the majority of fans are looking forward to seeing how Jabari Smith Jr., this year's third overall pick, fares against Holmgren.
Thunder vs Rockets Odds & Spread
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Moneyline: OKC: (-178) | HOU: (+144)
Spread: OKC: -4.5 (-102) | HOU: +4.5 (-120)
Total: 173.5 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
Odds to Win Summer League Championship: OKC: (+750) | HOU: (+13000)
Oklahoma City enters this contest as a clear favorite on the moneyline and spread. This 8 p.m. ET clash also features the second-highest total of Saturday's eight-game slate.
Thunder vs Rockets Prediction & Pick
While the Holmgren vs. Smith matchup should be entertaining, there's little reason to believe that Houston will make things competitive. The deeper roster belongs to Oklahoma City and despite the potential that Smith possesses, he can't win the game all by himself.
In addition to Holmgren, the likes of Aleksej Pokusevski and Aaron Wiggins are in the mix, as well as sophomore Josh Giddey, who averaged 12.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 6.4 assists in 54 games with the Thunder last year. Needless to say, it's going to be an uphill battle for the Rockets.
I'm going with the Thunder as 4.5-point road favorites here since there's a bit more value to be had compared to the moneyline.
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