Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 2/9/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ruben Hill
February 10, 2019

Oklahoma City extended their own winning streak to three games with the victory at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas and Donovan believes the Thunder's containment of Harden improved in the second half. Paul George led all scorers with 45 points (12-22 FG, 6-14 3pt FG), 11 rebounds and 3 assists for the Thunder, while Russell Westbrook secured his 22nd triple-double of the season (9th consecutive, tying Wilt Chamberlain for the longest such streak in National Basketball Association history) and 126th of his career with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists.

With Westbrook struggling from the field, George took control, scoring 15 of his 45 points in the fourth quarter, going head-to-head with James Harden, who scored 42 points, extending his 30-plus point scoring streak to 29 games.

In fact, the Oklahoma City Thunder star guard actually notched a rare quadruple-double in their showdown against the Houston Rockets on Saturday night, though the fourth stat isn't necessarily a glamour one.

Harden and George traded buckets down the stretch and after Westbrook's layup gave the Thunder the lead with 26.9 seconds left, Harden missed a 3-pointer, with George fouled as he got the rebound with 3.4 seconds left. The Thunder posted a 53-39 edge on the glass. He's averaging 19.6 points, 14.1 assists, and 13.1 rebounds during this recent streak.

The Thunder matched the Rockets' 42-point second quarter with a 42-point third period, keyed by 7-for-12 3-point shooting. Meanwhile, the Thunder defense only forced two turnovers in the first half. Less than three minutes into the final frame, the Thunder led 98-92, and the Rockets were left scrambling.

Looking at the betting trends, the Thunder are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games, 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games following a win of more than 10 points and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall. They outscored Houston 42-20 in that quarter to even things up heading into the final canto.

George made 12 of 22 shots, hit 6 of 14 3-pointers and made 15 of 18 free throws to finish four points shy of his career-high 49 points set in 2013 with Indiana. Kenneth Faried had 17 points and 12 rebounds.

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