Written and authored by National Basketball Association Expert Analyst Greg Nelson. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball news and notes.
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The (21-14) Oklahoma City Thunder of the Western Conference Northwest Division will travel to the “LONE STAR STATE” for a Conference matchup.
Oklahoma City will play the (27-9) Houston Rockets of the Western Conference Southwest in 2017 NBA action. Tip-off is 8:00 PM EST on the TNT Television Network.
The game is on Thursday. January 5, 2017. The teams will play at the Toyota Center in downtown Houston, Texas.
The best Sports Handicapper believes the Oklahoma City Thunder arguably has the best player in the National Basketball Association.
Oklahoma City also has two talented “BIGS” in the post. Houston has surpassed all expectations this season.
Mike D’Antoni and James Harden are the perfect fit and fans in “H-TOWN” are optimistic.
The Opening Betting line has the Houston Rockets as an Eight Point Home Favorite Against The Spread. The Betting Odds Total is 224 Points for Thursday’s contest.
The 2017 Oklahoma City Thunder have dropped two of their last three both straight up and to the number.
Oklahoma City will get on a plane after Wednesday game in Charlotte.
Head Coach Billy Donovan is beginning to understand the NBA style in his second season on the bench in the largest City of the “SOONER STATE”.
Donovan and the coaching staff is also getting used to life without Kevin Durant.
However, Russell Westbrook is taking his game to the next level. The former UCLA star leads the team in scoring with a 30.9 average per game.
Former Orlando Magic standout Victor Oladipo and Enes Kanter are also assets at the offensive end of the basketball court.
Oklahoma City ranks ninth in the league putting the ball in the bucket. Defensively is where Donovan wants his team to improve and must convince Westbrook and the crew.
Oklahoma City can dominate in the post with Kanter and Steven Adams.
Bovada.Lv list the 2017 Oklahoma City Thunder at +170 to win the NBA Western Conference Northwest Division Title.
The Houston Rockets are second in the Southwest Division, just a game and a half behind first-place San Antonio.
Houston is currently on a five-game winning streak and, hopes to make it six in row Thursday in front of a national audience.
The Rockets have also covered their last eight to the spread vs. Oklahoma City. The Rockets can score with any team in the league; they are second to Golden State.
Defensively the Rockets rank twenty-fourth in the National Basketball Association.
First Year Head Coach Mike D’Antoni is aware of their deficiencies on defense and believes they will get it right in time for the playoffs.
James Harden is now playing the point guard position and is thriving in his new role. The former Oklahoma City star leads Houston in scoring and assists.
Former New Orleans standouts Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson are second and third on the Rockets scoring the ball.
Bovada.Lv list the 2017 Houston Rockets at +1,200 to win the NBA Western Conference Crown.
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