Two Western Conference giants will be battling out for a win as Oklahoma City Thunder host Houston Rockets in a regular season NBA match at Chesapeake Energy Arena, in Downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States, on Wednesday morning (IST).
What competition it is? NBA regular season
Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets
Match Day: April 10, 2019
Jump Ball Time: @ 07:00 AM IST
Where the game is played? Chesapeake Energy Arena (21,000)
TV Info: Sony Sports Network has the rights to stream NBA matches in India. Premier members can also catch the Live Action on SonyLiv App.
HOU vs OKC Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW:
This has been a season of extremities for Oklahoma City Thunder. For the simple reason that they have won a lot of games but not without suffering some terrible losing streak, where the team looked bereft of intensity and precision on the court. While in some matches, the Thunder roared the loudest, ripping teams apart on their way to some impressive winning streaks.
No doubt, two players in the shape of Paul George and Russell Westbrook are the fuel behind OKC's charge. Both the players are having a historic season, with the former averaging a career-high performance, while the latter is averaging a triple-double, breaking some long-held NBA records in the process.
But OKC failed to sustain their good form, especially in the last month or so. As a result, they have slipped down the table, to their current 6th position in the Western Conference. It was not long ago, that Paul George and Co. was sitting at 3rd and in with a chance to have a home court advantage in the playoffs.
Thunder are now on the three-game winning streak after beating Minnesota Timberwolves 126-132 at Target Center.
Russell Westbrook scored another triple-double, ending with 27 points, 15 assists an 10 rebounds, while Paul George scored 27 points.
Houston Rockets meanwhile won their sixth consecutive game with a historic 149-113 win over Phoenix Suns.
It was a night which added another glorious chapter to Rockets' records books as James Harden and Co. scored 27 3s in the match.
Eric Gordon led the 3-point charge with 8 baskets from beyond the arc, Harden had five, P.J. Tucker added four and Dauel House scored three.
Austin Rivers scored the record-breaking 3-pointer and later he admitted that he didn't realize that Rockets were close to breaking the record.
“I think it made it interesting especially toward the end,” he said. “It made guys play for something else. When you’re up by like 35, 40 points that’s a lot of points.”
With the win, Rockets improved their season record to 53-28 and remained 3rd in the Western Conference.
The game against Thunder will be their last before the playoffs start.
Regular Season Record-
Oklahoma City Thunder: W-47, L-33
Houston Rockets: W-53, L-28
Players to watch out for:
Oklahoma City Thunder:
Paul George – He was primed to leave Oklahoma City Thunder after a rather unsatisfying first season with Russell Westbrook and Co. Thankfully he didn't. Now, look what he has been doing with Oklahoma this season, scoring at a career-high 28.1 points per game. He is a candidate for both MVP and defensive POY. A two-way player who is a rare breed these days. He can do everything on a Basketball court.
Russell Westbrook – The only player to average a triple-double this season. Russell Westbrook looks like a player playing in his own league. Against Los Angeles Lakers, he added another glorious chapter to his historical career as he became just the second player in NBA to record 20 or more points, rebpunds or assists in a game.
James Harden – The favourite for the MVP this season is none other than the reigning MVP, James Harden. For he is having an insane season, and this is no exaggeration by any means. Mr Beard is racking up a season-high 36.1 points per game. He is the only player to average in the 30s this season, averaging 36.5 points per game. The 29-year-old scored 50 points in the last match. Truly incredible.
Clint Capela – Missed a large chunk of the game due to a knee injury. Though he took a while to return back to his pre-injury form. Now it seems he is back. The 24-year-old Center is an indispensable part of the team. He is averaging 16.6 points per game this season, along with a team-high 12.6 rebounds per game. In the last match, he had a double-double against the New York Knicks.
HOU vs LAC Dream11 TEAM NEWS:
HOU vs OKC Dream11 TEAM NEWS:
Oklahoma City Thunder:
Injured – For the hosts, there are no fresh injury concerns. The usual suspect is Andre Roberson who has missed the entire season due to a knee injury. there's no timeline for his return.
Questionable – None at the moment.
Suspended – None.
Injured – There are no fresh injury concerns for Houston Rockets ahead of this match.
Questionable – None.
Suspended – None.
HOU vs OKC Dream11 Teams (Starting Lineup; Probables):
From the bench (Probables):
HOU vs OKC Dream11 Fantasy Team:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder are 3rd and 6th respectively in the Western Conference. That means, if both the teams finish the regular season on these positions, which looks the likeliest scenario, then we will see these teams meeting in the first round of the post-season.
That said, Thunder are leading the head-to-head record this season, winning two times in the three matches against Rockets.
This match will serve as a psychological furnace for either team and we back the Thunder to do that.
NOTE: THIS HOU vs OKC Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW IS BASED ON OUR RESEARCH AND UNDERSTANDING FROM VARIOUS NEWS SOURCES. YOU CAN SELECT YOUR OWN PLAYING 11 ON THE BASIS OF TEAM NEWS.