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Game Day #29: Thunder at Rockets

OKC Thunder (22-6, 12-5 on road) at Houston Rockets (16-13, 10-3 at home)

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Where: The Toyota Center – Houston, TX
When
: 7:00 p.m. CST
TV
: FSOK (DirectTV 679, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27, U-Verse 754)
Online StreamHere.
RadioWWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
Projected Lineups:

Thunder:
Rockets:

Last time Oklahoma City rolled into Houston, the Rockets were reeling. They were 2-7 on the season and really struggling to score points. Oklahoma City whipped the Rockets in Oklahoma city by 15 points and then went to Houston and won by three points. However, things have changed in Houston. The Rockets are 16-6 since that game. However, the Rockets are just 5-5 in their last 10 games, including losers of two in a row.

Oklahoma City scored their most points at home last night against the Jazz, winning 111-85. The 26 points victory was also the largest win for the Thunder this season. Kevin Durant was the only starter that played more than 30 minutes last night.

As far as I know, Thabo Sefolosha is out again with a Sore foot. Kyle Lowry is day-to-day for the Rockets but played in their last game against the Grizzlies.

Keys to the game

James Harden
Harden’s road statistics aren’t exactly the greatest this season. It’s most likely why he isn’t an All-Star. He need to be able to perform on the road. This team’s offense is not the same when he isn’t scoring. I mean, even getting to the line is a big difference.

Three-point shooting
This ball club shoots just 32% from three-point range on the road. It’s a huge reason why some road losses (Washington, San Antonio, Sacramento) have come this season. In games this season, (Golden State’s, Portland to name a few) they’ve shot the three ball so well.

Second Chance Points
Oklahoma City limited the second chance points in both wins against the Rockets. They limited them to a combine 23 points. Especially in the second win, it was a big reason why Oklahoma City was able to pull out the victory, despite the 14 offensive rebounds by Houston.

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