The Washington Wizards have been a weak betting value with the Online betting odds this season. Washington is in good position to make the NBA Playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons despite their lack of profitability. The Oklahoma City Thunder have also been a subpar betting value so far this season. The Thunder are also primed to make the playoffs for the third straight season. The Thunder host the Wizards on Thursday night.
Washington Wizards vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Date and Time: Thursday, January 25, 2018, 8 p.m. Eastern
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
NBA Betting Online Odds at SBG: Thunder -5, O/U 213
Wizards vs. Thunder TV Coverage: TNT
Washington head coach Scott Brooks returns to face his former team. Brooks led the Thunder to the 2012 NBA Finals. He also led OKC to three consecutive appearances in the Western Conference Finals. Although Washington has been a poor value with the Online betting odds they are in the black on the road. The Washington Wizards are 26-21 straight up and 20-27 against the spread. Washington has gone under the total in seven out of 23 away games.
The Wizards have shown good balance this season. Washington ranks 10th in the NBA for scoring offense and 11th for scoring defense. Washington has been in a terrible slump against the spread lately. The Wizards have lost eight out of their last nine games against the spread. The Wizards are coming off a 98-75 loss at the Dallas Mavericks. Bradley Beal leads the Wizards with 23.6 points per game.
Oklahoma City was an offensive juggernaut when Brooks was coach and Kevin Durant was dominating the floor. Nowadays OKC depends on one of the NBA’s top defenses for their ongoing success. The Thunder are 27-20 straight up and 19-28 against the spread. OKC has covered two out of their last three games. The Thunder have gone under the total in four out of their last six games.
Oklahoma City ranks third in the NBA for scoring defense. Russell Westbrook is the dominant man that powers the Thunder. He leads OKC in all three major categories. Westbrook is averaging 24.9 points, 10 rebounds, and 9.6 rebounds per game. OKC is coming off a 109-108 win over Brooklyn but failed to cover as 9.5-point chalks.
Team vs. Team
Oklahoma City has dominated their sportsbook online series with Washington. The Wizards have covered the spread in just one out of their last six games against the Thunder. The Thunder and Wizards have gone under the total in just one out of their last six meetings. Washington has come away with the money in just two out of their last nine away games against the Thunder. The Wizards and Thunder have gone under the total in just two out of their last seven meetings at OKC.
Matchup to Watch
This matchup with the Online betting odds comes down to the strong defensive advantage of the Thunder. The OKC defense is carrying them to the post season. Russell Westbrook is also the best player on the floor.
Wizards vs. Thunder NBA games Betting Odds Picks
Oklahoma City is the pick based on their strong home court mark against the Wizards. Westbrook and the defense add to their case.
NBA Betting Online Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder
NBA Betting Online Score Prediction: Thunder 109, Wizards 98
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