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Tread Lightly Backing the Struggling Wizards Right Now

Russell Westbrook and John Wall are fresh off celebrating their all-star selections and will highlight a point guard showdown when Westbrook’s Oklahoma City Thunder welcome Wall’s Washington Wizards to town on Thursday.

MyBookie opened the Thunder as 5.5-point home favorites with a total of 213.5.

Shark Bites
  • The Wizards are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games as an underdog of 5.0 or more.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of the Wizards’ last six games with two days off between games.
  • The Thunder are 8-20 ATS in their last 28 games as favorite.

Paul George and Carmelo Anthony missed out on making the Western Conference all-star team, as many players and pundits around the league were surprised George was left out. In his first year with the Thunder, George is averaging 20.9 points while shooting 42.2 percent from three-point range. The 27-year-old notched 28 points and nine rebounds in Tuesday’s 109-108 win over the Brooklyn Nets and went off for 36 on 12-of-19 shooting in a win over Cleveland on Saturday, so expect his hot shooting to continue in this one.

Something is not right in D.C. right now, as the Wizards have dropped three of their last four games in an ugly fashion, highlighted by a 98-75 setback to the lowly Dallas Mavericks on Monday. John Wall, who was selected to the Eastern Conference all-star team, hasn’t been playing like an all-star of late. The point guard is shooting 35.6 percent while averaging 4.8 turnovers in his last five games.

When the Wizards have traveled to OKC, the Thunder are dominating. In Washington’s last eight visits to Chesapeake Energy Arena, the Wizards are 0-8 SU.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Oklahoma City Thunder opened as 5.5-point favorites at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total line was sitting around 212.5 at Bovada for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting on the total amount of points scored.

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at OddsShark pick a 117-99 result in favor of the Thunder. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Washington Wizards vs Oklahoma City Thunder Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Washington Wizards have seen them go 26-21 and 20-27 ATS so far this NBA season, while the Oklahoma City Thunder are at 27-20 and 19-28 ATS. In OVER/UNDER totals betting, the Thunder are 20-27, while the Washington Wizards are 19-27-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Oklahoma City vs Washington injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams with the Thunder rated this week at No. 3 and the Wizards sitting at No. 19.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively the game matches up Oklahoma City's No. 15-ranked offense (105.36 PPG) against a Washington defense that ranks No. 12 at 105.26 PPG. The Thunder have averaged 45.41% from the field per game, less than the Wizards have managed so far this NBA season (46.3% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Washington was crushed on Monday, getting run out of the gym by Dallas and falling 98-75 at American Airlines Center.

Oklahoma City got 32 points from Russell Westbrook en route to a 109-108 victory over Brooklyn on Tuesday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Washington is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games
  • Washington is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Washington is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games on the road
  • 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
  • Oklahoma City is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Oklahoma City is 15-5 SU in its last 20 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Washington at Atlanta, Saturday, January 27
Oklahoma City at Detroit, Saturday, January 27