Thunder at Rockets 12/25/18 - NBA Picks & Predictions

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Last Updated: 08/07/2019 at 1:13 PM ET

Thunder at Rockets 12/25/18 - NBA Picks & Predictions

The past two MVPs will clash on Christmas Day when the Oklahoma City Thunder invade Toyota Center to take on the Houston Rockets.

The Thunder are ten games above .500 overall and just a game behind Denver for the top spot in the Western Conference. On Sunday, Oklahoma City was outscored by 16 points during the third quarter of a 114-112 home loss versus Minnesota. The Thunder shot 48 percent from the field in defeat.

Oklahoma City F Paul George tallied a game high 31 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Russell Westbrook added 23 points, 11 rebounds, and ten assists for the Thunder. The Houston Rockets were a game away from the NBA Finals last season and have yet to get on track. The Rockets are two games above .500 overall and led in scoring by James Harden at 32 points per game. On Saturday, Houston outscored San Antonio by 17 points during the third quarter of a 108-101 home victory. The Rockets won the battle on the boards by a 63-51 margin and shot 39 percent from the field.

Reigning MVP James Harden poured in a game high 39 points and dished out 11 assists. Clint Capela contributed 21 points and 23 rebounds for the Rockets.

Houston G Chris Paul has a left hamstring strain and will be re-evaluated in two weeks. The Thunder rank first in the league in defensive efficiency and hold a major advantage on the glass. Take Oklahoma City to score the road victory on Christmas Day. Final Score Prediction, Oklahoma City Thunder win and cover ATS 113-107.

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