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Toronto Raptors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Where and when: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Wednesday, 9:35 pm EST
The Toronto Raptors will make a trip to Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, for a Wednesday night matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder beginning at 9:35 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Raptors are playing much better at this point in the season as they are winners of four of their last six games, overall, as they continue to sit atop the Atlantic division standings. They made easy work at home versus the New York Knicks in their last outing as they possessed 8 double-digit scorers led by Jeremy Lin with 20 points while Pascal Siakam also chipped in 19 points in the victory. In all, Toronto shot 55% from the floor as a team while connecting on 17 3-pointers in the win. Kawhi Leonard did not suit up for this matchup due to rest while Serge Ibaka also did not play in this contest, either.
On the other hand, the Oklahoma City Thunder have dropped four of their last six games entering this match up with the Raptors as they have fallen to the third spot within the Southwest Division. In their last time out versus the Miami Heat, the Thunder shot horribly from the floor and despite getting 31 points from Paul George along with 27 points from Jeremy Grant, they were without their star in Russell Westbrook as he was made to sit out this contest after receiving his 16th technical foul of the season, thus resulting in a one-game suspension.
Westbrook will go versus Raptors on Wednesday
So while the Thunder was without Westbrook versus the Miami Heat, the point guard will certainly return for their contest versus the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night. Nonetheless, his backup for the game in Dennis Shroeder had a productive performance on the offensive end as he ended with 20 points on the night. George is averaging 28 points per game for the Thunder as he has went on a tear lately as well as throughout the season in averaging a respectable 45% shooting from the floor along with 39% shooting from long range.
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Nonetheless, Russell Westbrook continues to be the most influential player for the Oklahoma City Thunder as he is averaging a triple-double on the season with 21 points, 10 rebounds, along with 11 assists on the season. Westbrook was on fire in their last outing versus (2018) the Raptors as they picked up the victory behind 37 points, 14 rebounds, along with 13 assists for the point guard as the team shot over 50% from the floor in addition to connecting on 10 three-pointers. It would be important to mention that the Thunder also allowed over 50% shooting for the Raptors while permitting them to make good on 15 3-point attempts in this contest in the 7-point victory for OKC.
Raptors take care of Knicks at home in blowout fashion
And while the Raptors have managed to place some distance amongst themselves and second-place Philadelphia Seventy-sixers in the Atlantic division, they continue to switch wins for losses in recent matchup as they have dropped four of their last seven games entering this matchup with San Antonio. As pointed out, they look to extend the momentum of a huge, blowout win over the New York Knicks in which to right themselves.
In all, a balanced scoring attack along with over 50% shooting as a team can certainly be a huge benefit to any team in the league. However, to do this without their star in Kawhi Leonard in the lineup can certainly be encouraging, even if the victory came against the lowly New York Knicks.
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Nonetheless, look for Toronto to turn things up on the defensive end in this contest as they are allowing just 92 points per game during their prior three outings. Also, with ongoing contributions from Lin, Pau Gasol, along with Siakam and Fred VanVleet, the Raptors continue to be the team to beat in the Eastern Conference. Imagine how potent they can potentially be with Leonard in the lineup, full time.
- The Thunder are 3-7 ATS in last 10 games
- The Under is 7-3 in Thunder’s last 10 games
- The Raptors are 2-3 ATS in last 5 games
- The Over is 6-3-1 in Raptors last 10 games
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Kawhi Leonard’s status is up in the air at this point as to whether he will suit up in this contest. Nonetheless, Serge Ibaka will be back in the lineup for the Raptors in this contest while Kyle Lowry remains questionable with a knee injury. Nonetheless, the Thunder will be working with a full slate of playmakers for this contest and will certainly get back on the winning track versus the Raptors team that continues to play well at the moment, however, remains without their star player in Leonard.
Prediction: Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder -215
Full-Game Total Pick
Each of these teams allow opponents 45% shooting from the floor on a nightly basis. Nonetheless, stats cannot show the improvement that both teams have made on the defensive end throughout the year. In fact, the under has been the play in four of the last five games for the Oklahoma City Thunder, overall. In all, look for the Thunder to step up their defensive came in this contest as Toronto continues to be a dangerous team as getting huge performances from their role players has certainly become the norm.
Prediction: Pick: Under 227
Full-Game Prop Bet
With no word on the status of Kawhi Leonard, look for the Thunder to pick up the win in this instance while also covering the five points. As stated, the Thunder will be getting Westbrook back into the lineup after a one-game suspension. Also, combine this with the fact that the home team has dropped three straight, look for the Thunder to bring a healthy amount of focus for this matchup.
Prediction: Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder -5
Half-Time Side Pick
While Toronto gets many props for the way that they have performed lately, the fact remains is that they will be facing a highly motivated OKC team that will be desperately looking to get back into the win column on Wednesday night. With that being said, look for Westbrook to be sharp versus a back-court for the Raptors that have been off-and-on due to injury as the Thunder will roll.
Prediction: Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder -2.5
Half-Time Total Bet
Both these teams have a fair amount of weapons on offense. However, look for this to be a defensive-minded battle throughout as each will be looking to assert themselves early and often in which to prevent the opponent from obtaining any type of momentum. With that being the case, look for the under to be the strong play at the break.
Prediction: Pick: Under 116.5
Half-Time Prop Prediction
Look for the Thunder to go into the half with a lead advantage as their defense will allow them the opportunity to get out a run in transition throughout the first half. In all, expect for the home team in the Thunder to capitalize early as they will cash in on the money line at the half.
Prediction: Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder -170