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Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Preview and Predictions 11-08-2018 in NBA


Two teams that are recovering from slow starts square off Thursday when the Oklahoma City Thunder host the Houston Rockets. The Thunder have won six straight after an 0-4 start while Houston has rolled off three straight road victories after opening 1-5.

Oklahoma City will likely be without point guard Russell Westbrook (ankle) for the second straight game but prevailed without him Wednesday with a 95-86 road win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Thunder will get their first look at Carmelo Anthony in a Rockets' uniform and the player who proclaimed he wouldn't be a backup for Oklahoma City this season is averaging 14.7 points as a reserve for Houston. The Rockets are 3-0 on a five-game road trip and uncharacteristically scored fewer than 100 points in consecutive wins over Chicago (96-88) and Indiana (98-94). "We're doing a really good job of getting stops and making it hard for teams to score," point guard James Harden told reporters. "I'm not worried about our offense. We're a really good offensive team. We're going to make shots. We need a pretty good defensive effort (each night)."

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ABOUT THE ROCKETS (4-5): Houston wasn't in sync earlier in the campaign as point guard Chris Paul missed two games because of a suspension and Harden sat out three because of a hamstring injury. Harden is averaging 26.5 points in two games since his return and scored 28 against the Pacers on Monday. Center Clint Capela is developing into a force and had 18 points (on 8-of-10 shooting) and 10 rebounds against Indiana for his sixth straight double-double and he has season averages of 15.6 points and 11.3 rebounds.


 


ABOUT THE THUNDER (6-4): Offseason acquisition Dennis Schroder matched his season high of 34 minutes with Westbrook sidelined Wednesday and scored a season-best 28 points for his third 20-point outing of the season. Schroder has accepted a bench role after being a starter for the Atlanta Hawks the past two seasons and is proving to be a good fit for a team that is meshing after the slow start. "Everybody is on the same page," forward Paul George told reporters after the win over the Cavaliers. "We come out there and we have an expectation of the level we want to play at. Regardless of how the game goes, we find a way to take it to the next level and we're getting the job done."

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Westbrook averaged 29 points and 9.3 assists as the Thunder went 2-1 against the Rockets last season.

2. Oklahoma C Steven Adams collected 13 rebounds against Cleveland for his sixth double-digit effort of the season.

3. Paul is averaging eight points on 7-of-23 shooting over the past two games.

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Chesapeake Energy Arena
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA.
Capacity: 18,203

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Last Injuries

Oklahoma City Thunder

  • Hamidou Diallo

    Elbow
    Out indefinitely | out

    Diallo is recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow and it is unknown if he will return during the playoffs.

  • Russell Westbrook

    Ankle
    Prob Tues | probable

    Westbrook is expected to suit up against the Trail Blazers in Game 2 of the Western Conference first round despite tweaking his right ankle.

  • Paul George

    Shoulder
    Prob Tues | probable

    George is likely to take part in Game 2 of the Western Conference first round against the Trail Blazers despite a sore right shoulder.

  • Andre Roberson

    Knee
    out for season | out

    Roberson is projected to miss the remainder of the season after sustaining setbacks in his recovery from left knee surgery.

  • Steven Adams

    Hand
    day-to-day | questionable

    Adams left Wednesday's game due to a hand injury and it is unknown if he will return.

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Houston Rockets

  • James Ennis III

    Quadricep
    Prob Mon | probable

    Ennis III sustained a right quadriceps contusion but is likely to be ready for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference first round against the Nets.

  • Clint Capela

    Illness
    Prob Sun | probable

    Capela is battling an illness but is expected to suit up against the Jazz in Game 1 of the Western Conference first round.

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oklahoma-city-thunder Stats 2018-2019

Offensive
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Paul George 77 77 2159 318 47 1614 707 540 453 757 292 105
Russell Westbrook 73 73 1675 784 44 1473 630 451 296 411 119 109
Dennis Schroder 79 14 1224 323 32 1104 457 227 186 364 124 38
Steven Adams 80 80 1108 124 26 809 481 292 146 2 0 391
Jerami Grant 80 77 1090 79 28 823 409 221 157 293 115 96
Defensive
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Russell Westbrook 73 73 698 33 142 325 245 20
Paul George 77 77 523 34 170 205 214 11
Steven Adams 80 80 369 76 117 135 204 2
Jerami Grant 80 77 321 100 61 67 214 1
Dennis Schroder 79 14 246 12 65 172 189 10

houston-rockets Stats 2018-2019

Offensive
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
James Harden 78 78 2818 586 61 1909 843 858 754 1028 378 66
Clint Capela 67 67 1114 96 31 732 474 261 166 0 0 298
Eric Gordon 68 53 1103 129 36 938 384 152 119 600 216 17
Chris Paul 58 58 906 473 32 720 302 203 175 355 127 36
Gerald Green 73 0 675 40 25 578 231 68 57 441 156 30
Defensive
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Clint Capela 67 67 550 102 44 94 168 2
James Harden 78 78 452 58 158 387 244 8
PJ Tucker 82 82 358 39 132 63 252 4
Chris Paul 58 58 229 18 114 152 146 6
Gerald Green 73 0 152 27 33 55 126 2