Houston Rockets will look to come on terms with the Oklahoma City Thunders in the leaderboard on Thursday night when they visit the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Week 5 of NBA 2018’s regular season.
Oklahoma City Thunders are riding high on the back of their 5-match win streak after a disastrous start to their NBA 2018 season. The Thunders have staged a pretty remarkable recovery after losing their first four games of the season. Their win streak though looks in danger now as they will face the resurgent Houston Rockets without their key man Russell Westbrook. They’ll be pinning their hopes on Steven Adams this time who will have to give it his best shot if the Thunders are to continue with their win streak.
The visitors, Houston Rockets are on a roll with three impressive wins against the Pacers, Nets, and Bulls. James Harden will hold the key for the Rockets yet again with James Ellis and Carmelo Anthony expected to play second fiddle to Harden. Harden recorded a heroic 28-points to turn things around against Pacers in the last quarter. Rockets are still far away from being as dominant as they were last season, but have looked to settle in with their new roster and are able to deliver wins most importantly.
Match Timing: November 9, 2018, @6:30 AM IST
Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma
Billy Donovan will be scratching his head right now to somehow find a replacement for Russell Westbrook, who’ll be out with a sprained ankle for indefinite time. Dennis Schröder and Paul George are Donovan’s best bid to replace Westbrook.
Houston Rockets look a lot more settled now and are least expected to make any changes tomorrow. Mike D’Antoni is expected to field the same lineup tomorrow.
Steven Adams will have to be the the man for the Thunders if they are to triumph at home. His good show against the Pelicans is proof enough why he will be their turn to man tomorrow.
Paul George will have to deliver up front for the Thunders as he will hold the against a solid looking Rockets Defence.
James Harden stole the show with his stellar 28-pointer against the Pacers. Rockets have been good with their defences and he has been the one who has made that happen.
James Ellis is yet to click but will hold the key against Thunders due to his style of play.
Thunders without Russell Westbrook are an entirely different side, but on the negative side. Rockets look impressive and much more settled and hence, our predictions calls it a win for the visitors, Houston Rockets.