Rockets vs. Thunder: Watch NBA online, live stream, TV channel, time, odds, picks, analysis
Injuries and suspensions have played a role in the various struggles, but still, neither team looks capable of coming close to challenge for the Western Conference crown.
How to watch Rockets at Thunder
Date: Thursday, Nov. 8
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena — Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Streaming: fuboTV (free trial – NBA League Pass add-on available)
Live stats: GameTracker
Odds: Rockets -4.5
Odds and analysis
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Heading into the season, this matchup between the Rockets and Thunder would have been seen as a showdown between two teams hoping to contend with the Warriors in the Western Conference. But after the first few weeks of action, it’s clear that neither squad is at that level.
The Rockets made a number of moves in the offseason, essentially completely revamping their team outside of James Harden, Chris Paul, Clint Capela, PJ Tucker and Eric Gordon. The results have not been good — especially on the defensive end. Which is why they’ve decided to bring back defensive guru Jeff Bzdelik to the coaching staff. He hasn’t completely rejoined the team yet, but that should help. Even without him, they’ve started to turn things around, winning their last three games.
The Thunder haven’t gotten off to the worst start of all time, but it hasn’t been the first few weeks of the season they were expecting after re-signing Paul George in the offseason. Now, they’re without Russell Westbrook for a while after he suffered a nasty-looking ankle sprain earlier in the week against the Pelicans. Already without Andre Roberson, it will be interesting to see if they can manage to keep up their recent winning ways without Westbrook in the lineup.
Game prediction, pick
The Rockets should have too much talent in this matchup, especially if Westbrook is still out. Give me the Rockets to both win straight up and cover.
The Rockets and Thunder have split their past 10 meetings … Rockets guard James Harden has scored at least 25 points in his past five games, every game he has played this season since the season-opener. He averaged 26 points, 11.3 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 2.33 steals against the Thunder last season … The Rockets are 4-1 on the road this season, matching the Warriors and Raptors for the best road record this season (they are 0-4 at home) heading into the Raptors’ game in Sacramento on Wednesday … Center Clint Capela has had double-digit points and rebounds in the past six games, the longest streak of his career … Guard Eric Gordon (strained right adductor) is questionable. Guard Michael Carter-Williams (illness), center Nene (right calf tightness) and guard Brandon Knight (left knee injury) are out.
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The Thunder won two of three meetings with the Rockets last season … The Thunder went into Wednesday’s game against the Cavaliers with a five-game winning streak after opening the season with four-consecutive losses … The Thunder won the second game of their only previous back-to-back this season, setting a franchise record for points in a half (79) in the first half last week in Washington … Oklahoma City leads the NBA in steals (11.67) and turnovers forced per game (19.2). The Thunder led the NBA in those categories last season … The Thunder went into Wednesday’s game fifth in defensive rating… Oklahoma City leads the NBA in points off turnovers and is second in second-chance points … Guard Russell Westbrook, who was out Wednesday in Cleveland, has averaged 24.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 8.9 assists in his seven games this season … Forward Andre Roberson (left patellar tendon surgery) is out.