Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: August 22, 2020 NBA Betting Preview, Predictions, Computer Picks, Odds and Trends

Written by on August 21, 2020

Saturday’s game (August 22, 2020) between James Harden’s Houston Rockets (44-28, 2-0) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s Oklahoma City Thunder (44-28, 0-2) features the Rockets as 2.5-point favorites. The over/under is 226.5 points for the matchup. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 PM ET at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Reunion, Florida. The battle between these two teams is one of four contests slated in the NBA for the day.

Betting Information

Rockets vs Thunder Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds
Rockets -2.5 -110 -110 226.5 -110 -110

Computer Picks

Computer picks for Rockets vs Thunder
ATS Over/Under Score Prediction
Thunder (+2.5) Under (226.5) Thunder 114 Rockets 112

Head to Head

Houston holds a 3-2 record in head-to-head meetings with Oklahoma City this season. The Thunder have an advantage against the spread (3-2) when playing the Rockets.

Rockets vs Thunder in 2019-20
Date Favorite Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Result
8/20/2020 Rockets -2 226.5 -134 112 111-98 HOU
8/18/2020 Thunder -1 225 -113 -106 123-108 HOU
1/20/2020 Rockets -7 230.5 -310 251 112-107 OKC
1/9/2020 Rockets -4 227.5 -176 146 113-92 OKC
10/28/2019 Rockets -9.5 228 -600 432 116-112 HOU

Rockets Betting Information

  • Houston has not fared well against the spread this season, posting a 35-38-1 record.
  • The Rockets have posted a losing record of 24-32 against the spread when the spread is -2.5 or bigger.
  • Houston and its opponents have converted the over just 29 times in 74 (39.2%) games this season.

Thunder Betting Information

  • Oklahoma City and its opponents have hit the over in fewer than half of their matchups this year — 34 of 74 (45.9%).
  • Oklahoma City has covered the spread in more than half of its contests, going 42-30-1 ATS.
  • When they play as 2.5-point underdogs, the Thunder have a record ATS of 21-8.

Over/Under Analysis

Rockets vs Thunder Total Facts
Games Over 226.5 % of Games Over 226.5 Average PPG Combined Average PPG Average Opponent PPG Combined Average Opponent PPG Average Total
Rockets 46 62.2% 117.8 228 114.5 223.2 232.3
Thunder 24 32.4% 110.2 228 108.7 223.2 218.9

Rockets Leaders

  • The Rockets points and assists leader is Harden. He scores 34.3 points per game and adds 7.5 assists.
  • Houston’s rebounding leader is Russell Westbrook, who grabs 7.9 per game.
  • Harden is the top three-point shooter for the Rockets, hitting 4.4 per game.
  • Houston’s blocks leader is Robert Covington, who records 1.3 per game. Harden leads the team averaging 1.8 steals a contest.

Thunder Leaders

  • Gilgeous-Alexander owns the Thunder top spot in scoring with 19.0 points per game and also tacks on 5.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists per contest.
  • When it comes to Oklahoma City leaders in rebounds and assists, the team has two players at the top: Steven Adams with 9.2 rebounds per game and Chris Paul with 6.7 assists per game.
  • Oklahoma City’s Paul has the top spot on the team’s steals leaderboard with 1.6 per game and Nerlens Noel is first in blocks with 1.5 per game.
  • Danilo Gallinari leads the Thunder in shooting from beyond the arc, averaging 2.9 made threes per game.

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