Houston Rockets vs Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Tips – NBA: The Houston Rockets team starts this regular phase of the NBA with some question marks
Houston Rockets vs Oklahoma City Thunder about what they might do at a medium/long term in this new season with much to blame due to the uncertainty about James Harden’s future.
The big star of the team has been quite unhappy in Houston and his future exchange could lead to the franchise remodeling, even though the Rockets still have some good values in the squad now under Stephen Silas command, Mike D’Antoni’s successor after another failure in the last play-offs (this time against the Lakers).
Between arrivals and departures, the big highlight is Russell Westbrook’s move to the Eastern Conference taking Jeff Green and Austin Rivers with him, besides the departure of an important piece like Robert Covington.
In the list of arrivals, the highlight goes to John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins, a duo who already shown positive signs in the pre-season.
In four games played, Houston have recorded a positive 3-1, with 1 win (125-104) and one defeat (91-104) against the Chicago Bulls besides 2 wins against the San Antonio Spurs (112-98 and 128-106).
This is a time of changes at Oklahoma City, where little was maintained in comparison to last year, which culminated with an elimination in the 1st round of the Western Conference play-offs in a highly disputed match up against the Houston Rockets (3-4).
To start off, Billy Donovan left and was replaced by Mark Daigneault, former assistant-coach and now head coach of the Thunder. In terms of roster composition, the bet seems to go towards a year of transition.
The Thunder responded to the departure of Steven Adams, Terrance Ferguson, Danilo Gallinari, Nerlens Noel, Chris Paul, Andre Roberson and Dennis Schröder with the signing of several other players, with Al Horford and George Hill as the main highlights.
The great hopes for this team to maintain a competitive level which may allow them to fight for the play-offs will go through what Shai Gilgeous-Alexander may be able to do, in a squad which stands out for its youth and for an inferior quality in comparison to the great majority of the teams who are part of their conference.
In 3 pre-season matches, the Thunder have ended up with a record of 1-2, winning in their opening match against the Spurs (121-108) and losing twice to the Bulls (103-124 and 103-105).
We have here a re-edition of the 1st round of last season Western Conference play-offs right at the start of this year’s regular season for both teams.
Both Houston and Oklahoma City have changed considerably from what they were in the previous year, even though the changes at the Thunder were way deeper and may have a greater impact.
Despite all the commotion around James Harden’s future, I believe in the point guard’s commitment to the Rockets until the definition of his future.
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Houston Rockets vs Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Tips:
With Wall and Cousins and also with some important pieces who stayed in the squad like Eric Gordon or PJ Tucker, I see these Rockets with much more quality in order to start the regular season with a win, even because playing at home we don’t expect anything less, against some very short Thunder in terms of quality, especially when the players rotation will start taking its toll.
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