The Oklahoma City Thunder will be looking for their eighth straight win over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night - and their seventh cover over their last nine matchups.
The Thunder got past the Nets by a score of 117-111 in Brooklyn back on December 4, covering the 4.5-point spread as a road favorite in that contest. Four of the last five meetings between the Thunder and the Nets have turned into OVER results.
(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Thunder currently sports a record of 24-6, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 17-11-2 ATS. The Nets are 16-15 and 13-17-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Thunder post a 15-14-1 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Nets have gone 11-20 against the number.
Bettors looking to back the visiting Nets before tip-off in this one found them as 10-point underdogs earlier at , while the total was sitting at 197.5 at TopBet.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Thunder rated this week at No. 1 and the Nets sitting at No. 18. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 107-98 result in favor of the Thunder today.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Oklahoma City's No. 1-ranked offense (105.9 PPG) against a Nets defense that ranks No. 5 at 94.4 PPG. The Thunder have averaged 47.8% from the field per game, more than the Nets have managed so far this season (43.7% on average).
Defensively, the Nets feature the league's No. 2-rated defense on the road, giving up 93.2 points per game. Oklahoma City, meanwhile, comes in at No. 1 in the league in scoring at home.
In their last action, Brooklyn was a 104-73 loser on the road against the Spurs. They failed to cover the 9-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (177) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Brooklyn was run off the court by the Spurs on Monday as San Antonio blasted them 104-73 at AT&T Center.
Oklahoma City was a 114-96 winner in its last match at home against the Suns. They covered the 12.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 210 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Kevin Durant poured in 30 points for Oklahoma City on Monday, as they defeated Phoenix 114-96 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Brooklyn Nets Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 1-9
Before playing Washington are 4-6
After playing San Antonio are 2-8
After a loss are 3-7
Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Philadelphia are 2-8
After playing Phoenix are 4-6
After a win are 9-1
A few Nets at Thunder trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Brooklyn's last 18 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Brooklyn's last 5 games when playing Oklahoma City
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Brooklyn's last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Brooklyn's last 18 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Brooklyn
Oklahoma City is 15-2 SU in its last 17 games
Oklahoma City is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Brooklyn
Brooklyn at Washington, Friday, January 4
Oklahoma City home to Philadelphia, Friday, January 4