Rockets vs. Thunder

The best basketball game of Tuesday night is the Houston Rockets traveling to Oklahoma to face the Oklahoma City Thunder.

 

Rockets @ Thunder Preview

thunder vs rocketsThe 44-19 Rockets are coming off a 118-113 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. The 46-17 Thunder are coming off a 114-110 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Rockets are lead by James Harden and Dwight Howard. Harden is averaging 24.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Howard is averaging 18.9 points, 12.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.8 blocks per game.

The Thunder are lead by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Durant is averaging 31.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Westbrook is averaging 21.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 1.9 steals per game.

 

Game Time: 8:00 p.m. ET on NBATV

 

Key Injuries

For Houston:

Ronnie Brewer out (ankle), Greg Smith out (knee).

For Oklahoma City:

Thabo Sefolosha out (leg), Kendrick Perkins out (groin).

 

How Houston Wins

Houston will win this game if they keep scoring at a high pace. They average 106.6 points per game and that ranks 3rd in the league. The Rockets also need to keep rebounding the way they do. They average 55.4 rebounds per game and that ranks 1st in the league. The final thing they will need to do is play better defense. They rank 17th in the league in opponent points as they give up an average of 101.6 points per game.

 

How Oklahoma City Wins

Oklahoma City will win this game if they keep scoring the way they do. They average 105.7 points per game and that ranks 5th in the league. The Thunder must also win the rebound battle. They are averaging 52.5 rebounds per game and that ranks 12th in the league. The final thing they need to do is take care of the ball. They average 15.8 turnovers per game and that ranks 28th in the league.

 

My Prediction

Both teams want to score a lot of points and make this a fast paced game. Whichever team can get the key defensive stops and win the rebound battle will have the best chance at winning.

I think that this game is a high scoring back and forth game. I think that the Rockets will win the rebound battle and will get the key defensive stops. I think that the Rockets will go on the road and win this game.

Final Score

Houston: 109
Oklahoma City: 106

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