The Houston Rockets look to even the season series with the Oklahoma City Thunder and improve their playoff positioning when the clubs meet in a nationally-televised contest Tuesday night. Tipoff from Chesapeake Energy Arena is set for 9:30 p.m. ET. The Rockets (53-28) have won six straight and 20 of their past 23 games to give them a chance of catching the Denver Nuggets for the second playoff spot in the Western Conference. But they have lost two of three this year to the Thunder (47-33), who head into Tuesday's contest on a three-game winning streak. They can move toward avoiding the No. 8 seed in the playoffs by clinching the season series with a win. Houston is a three-point sportsbook favorite with the over-under for total points scored set at 229.5 in the latest Rockets vs. Thunder odds. Before you make your own Rockets vs. Thunder picks, check out the NBA predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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James Harden, the reigning league MVP, is now an underdog at most sportsbooks to Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo to win the award this season. But Houston's leader continues to set milestones at a rapid clip. He is about to become the only player in NBA history to average at least 35 points and seven assists.
Veteran forward P.J. Tucker has provided a needed boost of late. He has hit double figures in three of the past four games after doing so just once in the prior 16 contests. The Rockets are 17-3 the past 20 times Tucker has scored 10 or more points.
But just because Houston comes in hot doesn't mean it is assured of covering the Rockets vs. Thunder spread against an Oklahoma City squad that has won two of the three matchups between these teams this season.
Paul George and Russell Westbrook had 27 points each for the Thunder, who benefited from a balanced effort. Six players hit double-figures, as Dennis Schroder led a strong showing from the reserves with 21 points.
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