The Rockets vs. Thunder live stream online and TV coverage will be a part of a doubleheader on the 2016 NBA schedule for Friday night. This matchup will see former Oklahoma City star James Harden back in the building taking on his former teammates. Harden was named to the Western Conference All-Star team’s reserves on Thursday, where he’ll join former teammates Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, both of whom will be starting in the game. Tonight, he’ll see if he can pull off an upset back in his old stomping grounds as Houston tries to improve upon their current standing in the West. The 2016 NBA live streaming and televised action arrives through NBA TV and League Pass Friday night.
According to NESN.com in their Jan. 29, it’s not Harden whose name is making headlines recently though, as there had been talk of another possible Dwight Howard trade. The big man has been dealing with an ankle injury which has him limited. He managed 13 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and an assist in Wednesday night’s loss to the Spurs, 130-99. Ironically, hit was 7-for-8 on his free throw shooting, something that has made him a liability at times. Nonetheless, Houston seems steadfast that they won’t necessarily re-sign the big man when his contract is up on July 1, but they won’t be trading him either. It’s possible Howard could leave the team via free agency in search of another new team. The Rockets are currently 25-23 which is fourth in their division and No. 7 in the Western Conference standings.
As for Oklahoma City, they are third overall in the standings at a quiet 35-13 record, making them dangerous for the Spurs and Warriors in a possible postseason matchup. At home they’ve gone 21-5 and are coming off a two-game winning streak which included road wins over New York 128-122 and most recently over Minnesota, 126-123. Russell Westbrook had 24 points, eight rebounds and 15 assists against the Timberwolves, while teammate Kevin Durant had a team-high 27 points along with nine boards and five assists. The team shot over 52 percent from the floor in the game including making 10-of-20 three-point shots. Tonight’s game features three of the top 10 scorers in the league, with Harden currently ranked second behind Stephen Curry.
In terms of the odds, the favorite is the home team with Oklahoma City favored by 7-1/2 points on the spread. Some books may have the Thunder at 8-1/2 points. On the moneyline at 5Dimes, the Thunder are -420 favorites with Houston a +335 underdog. Tonight’s over/under is set around 222 points based on the amount of scoring these teams do, as Oklahoma City and Houston rank second and fourth in points scored, respectively. On the future odds, the Thunder are fourth overall in terms of favorites to win the NBA Finals, with odds of 18 to 1, while Houston has odds of 100 to 1.
Tonight’s Rockets vs. Thunder game gets started at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. Live television coverage is available to United States viewers with NBA TV as part of their TV service. For live streaming online coverage, fans will need to have the NBA League Pass subscription service, which allows for online viewing of games. Subscriptions can be bought for the entire season, specific teams, with individual games also available on a pay-per-view purchase. For live audio commentary, Sirius XM Satellite Radio listeners should listen to channel 207 for the Thunder coverage or Internet channel 890 for Rockets commentary at 7:30 p.m. ET.