Houston vs. Oklahoma: Will the Thunderbolts cope with the missile attack?
18/08/2020, 22:30 GTM
Despite the excellent scouting policy, last games were stayed by Thunder. In each of the three fights against Harden and Co, Oklahoma scored more than 111 points and the last two meetings ended in victory for the club.
Houston has smeared the ending of the regular season. Russell Westbrook was injured in the confrontation with San Antonio. Without him, the Rockets lost to the Spurs (105-123), Indiana (104-108) and Philadelphia (96-134). This time, James Harden failed to drag Houston on himself. Perhaps he decided not to give all his 100% and keep his strength for the playoffs.
D'Anthony's men will still play their first match against Oklahoma without Westbrook. Apart from Russell, Sefolsh and Nwaba will not be able to help their team.
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Oklahoma has its own loss. In the confrontation with Miami, Chris Paul was injured. The ex-Houston player is now experiencing a second youth and is considered one of the leaders of the Thunder. But this time the "thunderous" ones will play without him. It is not yet known when he will leave the infirmary.
Oklahoma had their last matches with varying success. On the one hand, Thunder beat Washington (121-103) and Miami (116-115), but on the other, they were defeated by Phoenix (101-128) and also lost to the Clippers (103-107 ).
Without Westbrook, Houston's performance drops dramatically. For example, in the last two matches, the Rockets have not gained more than 104 points. It is likely that something similar will happen this time. Oklahoma is famous for its reliable defensive play, so it can stop Harden and the company.
Given the history of head-to-head confrontations, we believe that the team will not break through the 228 points mark.
Our prediction is total under 228 points per odds 1.72 in BC 1xBet.
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