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Oklahoma City ThunderToronto Raptors
Jan 6, 1:00 PM | Air Canada Centre

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Toronto Raptors Odds

25-7TEAM RECORD12-21

The visiting Thunder hope to send their backers to the pay window on Sunday as they look to cover the spread at Air Canada Centre against the Raptors.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Raptors are 12-21 so far on the season, and 17-16 ATS vs. the number. The Thunder, meanwhile, are 25-7 and 18-12-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Toronto go 17-16 and the Thunder go 16-15-1 on the totals.

View Oklahoma City vs Toronto Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened this morning as 7.5-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 197 at BetOnline and other shops.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Raptors, currently No. 27 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Thunder, who rate No. 1 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 109-97 victory for the Thunder.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Toronto's No. 14-ranked offense, averaging 96.8 PPG, against a Thunder defense that ranks No. 11 at 96.7 PPG. The Raptors field goal percentage has averaged 43.5% so far, less than the Thunder shooters have achieved on the year, 48% per game.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Thunder own the league's No. 11-rated mark, allowing 96.4 points per game when playing on the road. Toronto, on the other hand, rates No. 14 in scoring on their home court.

Oklahoma City won its last outing, a 109-85 result against the 76ers on January 4. The Thunder covered in that game as a 10.5-point favorite, while the 194 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Oklahoma City cruised to victory on Friday, running Philadelphia out of the gym and running up a 109-85 score at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Toronto was a 105-96 loser in its last match at home against the Kings. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 201 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Toronto got 24 points from Kyle Lowry but lost anyway 105-96 against the Kings on Friday at Air Canada Centre.

Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Washington are 7-3
After playing Philadelphia are 6-4
After a win are 8-2

Toronto Raptors Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 2-8
Before playing Philadelphia are 4-6
After playing Sacramento are 3-7
After a loss are 3-7

A few Thunder at Raptors trends to consider:
Oklahoma City is 16-3 SU in its last 19 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oklahoma City's last 6 games when playing on the road against Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games when playing Toronto
Toronto is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto's last 6 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
Toronto is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games when playing Oklahoma City

Next up:
Oklahoma City at Washington, Monday, January 7
Toronto home to Philadelphia, Wednesday, January 9