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Oklahoma City ThunderToronto Raptors
50-18March 21, 2014, 07:00 | Air Canada Centre37-29

The Raptors will try to pay off for their supporters on Friday when they play host to the Thunder at Air Canada Centre in NBA wagering action.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Raptors are 37-29 so far on the season, and 39-26-1 ATS vs. the number. The Thunder, meanwhile, are 50-18 and 37-30-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Toronto go 34-32 and the Thunder go 34-34 on the totals.View Oklahoma City Thunder vs Toronto Raptors Odds and Stats.

The Raptors were listed as a 3.5-point underdogs at sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including GTbets.eu), while the total was listed at 204 over at 5Dimes earlier.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Raptors at No. 6 and the Thunder at No. 3 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 99-96 result in favor of the Thunder.

The Thunder were a 102-95 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Cavaliers. They failed to cover the 9.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (197) made winners of UNDER bettors. Cleveland was victimized by Kevin Durant for 35 points as the Thunder defeated the Cavaliers 102-95 in NBA action on Thursday.

The Raptors were a 107-100 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Pelicans. They covered the 1-point spread as favorites, while the total score (207) made winners of OVER bettors. DeMar DeRozan went off for 31 points and added 3 rebounds leading Toronto to a 107-100 win over New Orleans on Wednesday at New Orleans Arena.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Toronto's No. 17-rated squad against Oklahoma City's No. 3-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Toronto rates No. 10 in the league with 8.39 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 16 with 7.91 per outing.

A few Thunder at Raptors trends to consider:
Oklahoma City is 17-7-1 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Oklahoma City is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games when playing Toronto
Oklahoma City is 16-8 SU in its last 24 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games when playing Toronto
Toronto is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
Toronto is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto's last 7 games
Toronto is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Oklahoma City home to Denver, Monday, March 24th
Toronto home to Atlanta, Sunday, March 23rd