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Will the Thunder continue to be a solid bet at home vs Bucks?

The Oklahoma City Thunder may have just cracked the code. After importing Paul George and Carmelo Anthony in the offseason, finding the right spacing and chemistry on the floor for the Thunder was an uphill battle. Well, it looks like they’ve found the mountaintop of cohesion as OKC is 8-1 SU in its last nine games and 14-4 SU at home this season. The Thunder opened as 8.5-point favorites to knock off the Milwaukee Bucks tonight.

SHARK BITES
  • The total has gone UNDER in four straight games in this matchup.
  • The Thunder are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games after consecutive wins.
  • The Bucks are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against the Western Conference.

If the Thunder can keep this momentum going, they’ll be serious contenders come playoff time. Oklahoma City has won six straight games (a season high) and in the most recent win vs the Raptors, the OK3 notched 81 points. However, despite their decent home record, they haven’t been a great spread bet at home, managing a 9-9 ATS record at Chesapeake Arena and going 6-12 ATS in their last 18 games overall. Bettors planning to back the Thunder tonight will also be interested to know that in their last eight victories, only two of them were by nine points or more.

The Bucks, on the other hand, keep falling short of expectations and are an underwhelming 18-15 SU overall. After getting off to a decent start to the season, the Bucks were projected to make a leap into the upper echelon of the Eastern Conference but instead are back in the middle of the pack. Good teams win on the road and, unfortunately, Milwaukee can’t lay claim to that distinction as they’re 6-9 SU away from Wisconsin and 1-4 SU in their last five road games. The good news, though, for spread bettors is Milwaukee should make a decent pick tonight as the Bucks have only been dogs of 8 points or more once this season (vs Houston) and covered.

The total opened at 209 and OVER bettors have been cashing in on Milwaukee. The OVER has hit in nine of the Bucks’ last 10 games and Milwaukee has scored 105 points or more in those contests.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those looking to pick the visitors as their prediction to cover in this one found the Milwaukee Bucks listed as 7-point underdogs earlier at BetOnline. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER total betting line for this game was set at 207.5 at Bovada but may have moved since the betting odds opened.

OddsShark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 114-103 victory for the Thunder. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Milwaukee Bucks vs Oklahoma City Thunder Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Oklahoma City Thunder sit at 20-15 (14-21 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Milwaukee Bucks are currently 18-15 (14-16-3 ATS). Looking to bet on the points scored total? Oklahoma City is 14-21 OU and Milwaukee is 22-11 OU. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Oklahoma City vs Milwaukee injuries news.

This game pits the Thunder, currently No. 9 in the OddsShark NBA Power Rankings, against the Bucks, who rate No. 20 in the most recent survey update.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Milwaukee Bucks rank No. 30 in the league with 38.52 per game. That compares with Oklahoma City's No. 13 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Oklahoma City is the NBA's No. 18-ranked team at 10.26 per game, while Milwaukee rates No. 26 with 8.67 per contest.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 22 points and chipped in with 10 rebounds for Milwaukee on Thursday, leading the Bucks to a 102-96 victory over Minnesota at Bradley Center.

Paul George went off for 33 points and added 8 rebounds leading Oklahoma City to a 124-107 win over Toronto on Wednesday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Betting Trends
  • The total has gone OVER in 12 of Milwaukee's last 13 games
  • Milwaukee is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Milwaukee's last 8 games on the road
  • Milwaukee is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Oklahoma City
  • Oklahoma City is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Oklahoma City is 6-12 ATS in its last 18 games
  • Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 6 games

Next Betting Matchups

Milwaukee at Toronto, Monday, January 1
Oklahoma City home to Dallas, Sunday, December 31

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