[8:10 PM] Rockets @ Thunder

Who will WIN this matchup?

Houston Rockets (6-4)

@ Oklahoma City Thunder (6-5)


The line for this game is Thunder by 2.5 points.

Russell Westbrook and James Harden are filling several roles for their respective teams and performing at MVP levels. The two will get a chance to test themselves against each other when Harden and the Houston Rockets visit Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.

The lone game in which Harden did not lead the team in scoring was Saturday against San Antonio, when Eric Gordon came off the bench and scored 27 points. Gordon returned to the starting lineup on Monday and was not as productive but just as efficient, managing 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting (4-of-7 from beyond the arc). The injured-plagued 27-year-old played in all 10 games so far and is averaging 16.6 points in 31.8 minutes while shooting 41.9 percent from 3-point range.

Westbrook does not have a teammate averaging as much as Gordon’s 16.6 points, and Westbrook was the team’s lone starter to post double-digit points on Monday while Jerami Grant’s 11 points led the reserves. Head coach Billy Donovan used the lopsided nature of Monday’s game to test new lineup combinations had Grant on the floor 26 minutes.

Rockets PG Patrick Beverley (knee surgery) is not expected to play on Wednesday but could make his season debut on Thursday against Portland.

Thunder rookie PF Domantas Sabonis is 2-of-11 from the field in the last two games.

Houston took six of the last eight meetings overall but fell twice at Oklahoma City last season.


StreakSmarts Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick