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Wizards open as NBA underdog vs Thunder

Oklahoma City ThunderWashington Wizards
Jan 7, 7:00 PM | Verizon Center

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Washington Wizards Odds


The visiting Thunder hope to send their backers to the pay window on Monday as they look to cover the spread at Verizon Center against the Wizards.

The Wizards sit at 4-28 (17-14-1 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Thunder are currently 26-7 (19-12-2 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Washington is 14-17-1 OU, and Oklahoma City is 16-16-1 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Betting Line:
The visitors opened this morning as 10-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 194.5 at BetOnline and other shops.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Wizards, currently No. 25 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Thunder, who rate No. 2 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 106-89 victory for the Thunder.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Washington's No. 30-ranked offense (88.9 PPG) against a Thunder defense that ranks No. 9 at 96.6 PPG. The Wizards have averaged 40.7% from the field per game, less than the Thunder have managed so far this season (48% on average).

Defensively, the Thunder feature the league's No. 10-rated defense on the road, giving up 96.1 points per game. Washington, meanwhile, comes in at No. 27 in the league in scoring at home.

Oklahoma City won its last outing, a 104-92 result against the Raptors on January 6. The Thunder covered in that game as a 6.5-point favorite, while the 196 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Russell Westbrook scored 23 points leading the Thunder to a 104-92 victory over Toronto at Air Canada Centre on Sunday.

Last time out for Washington, they were a 99-71 loser as they battled the Heat on the road. The Wizards failed to cover in the match as a 14-point underdog, while 170 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Wizards were blown out by Miami on Sunday, losing by a 99-71 final at AmericanAirlines Arena in basketball betting action.

Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing Minnesota are 7-3
After playing Toronto are 5-5
After a win are 8-2

Washington Wizards Trends:
When playing on Monday are 2-8
Before playing Atlanta are 3-7
After playing Miami are 4-6
After a loss are 1-9

A few Thunder at Wizards trends to consider:
Oklahoma City is 17-3 SU in its last 20 games
Oklahoma City is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games when playing Washington
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games when playing Oklahoma City
Washington is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Washington's last 13 games at home

Next up:
Oklahoma City home to Minnesota, Wednesday, January 9
Washington home to Atlanta, Saturday, January 12