Thursday, November 8 at 8:00 PM ET
Chesapeake Energy Arena
Carmelo Anthony returns to Oklahoma City for the first time since they released him, as the Rockets visit the Thunder on Thursday night. Anthony is averaging 14.7 points and 5.4 rebounds over 30.4 minutes in nine games (two starts) this season.
The Houston Rockets are coming into their own, winning their last three games, including last Monday's 98-94 road victory against the Indiana Pacers, when James Harden made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 36.1 seconds left and closed the game out by making four straight free-throws. Harden finished with 28 points, six assists and five 3-pointers, Clint Capela had 18 points and 10 rebounds for a career-best sixth consecutive double-double and the Rockets made 15 of 47 on 3-point shots (31.9 percent) and improved to 4-0 this season when outrebounding opponents.
The Rockets are averaging 105.3 points per game (25th in the NBA), they grab 42.0 rebounds per game (27th), dish out 21.3 assists per game (25th) and allow 110.1 points per game (18th). James Harden leads the Rockets with 27.8 points and 2.5 steals, Chris Paul is averaging 17.7 points and a team-best 9.3 assists and Clint Capela adds 15.6 points and team-bests with 11.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder have won six straight games, including last night's 95-86 road victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Dennis Schroder scored a season-high 28 points with seven rebounds, replacing the injured Russell Westbrook, who sprained his left ankle last Monday, Paul George scored 18 points and pulled down seven rebounds and Jerami Grant added 12 points. The Cavaliers went on a 13-0 run to take an 80-78 lead with 7:02 to play but an Alex Abrines' 3-pointer from the corner with 4:31 left broke an 84-84 tie and put the Thunder on top for good.
The Thunder are averaging 111.4 points per game (11th in the NBA), they grab 46.1 rebounds per game (12th), dish out 21.2 assists per game (26th) and allow 108.8 points per game (10th). Russell Westbrook leads the Thunder with 24.1 points and 8.9 assists, Paul George is averaging 22.2 points and 2.5 steals and Dennis Schroder adds 16.7 points and 5.0 assists off the bench.
The Houston Rockets are:
6-2 ATS in their last eight road games against a team with a winning home record
8-1 ATS in the last nine meetings in Oklahoma City
13-5 ATS in the last 18 meetings
The Oklahoma City Thunder are:
2-5 ATS in their last seven Thursday games
1-4 ATS in their last five home games against a team with a winning road record
The Thunder are playing extremely well and although Dennis Schroder did a good job replacing Russell Westbrook last night, going 11 for 19 from the field, the Rockets will present a much bigger challenge than the Cavaliers.
Russell Westbrook is averaging 24.1 points, 8.9 assists and 8.3 rebounds in seven games and he's not likely to play tonight, which could really hurt them against a Rockets team that is slowly improving. The road team is 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings and the Thunder will be playing the second game of a back-to-back, possibly without Westbrook.
NBA Pick: Rockets -3.5 (-110) at Jazz Sports