Oklahoma City Thunder (15-7) vs Brooklyn Nets (8-17)Date : 12/05/2018
Time : 7:30 pm EST
Location : Barklays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Brooklyn Nets
Oklahoma City Thunder will pay a visit to Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, to face the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Brooklyn Nets lost their 7th straight game at home versus the Cleveland Cavaliers in the last outing as they suffered the 99-97 loss as a late dunk by Alec Burks sealed the victory for the Cavaliers on a night where D’Angelo Russell scored 30 points while going 13-30 from the field on the night.
The Oklahoma City Thunder destroyed the Detroit Pistons on the road in their last outing as they picked up the 110 – 83 win as Steven Adams along with Russell Westbrook led the way with 21 and 19 points, respectively, in the win. The over has been the play amongst these teams in four of the last six meetings at Barclays Center while the Thunder has covered the spread in only two of the last six meetings, overall, with the Nets.
Oklahoma City Thunder's Latest Performance :
Oklahoma City won their third straight game as they demolished the Detroit Pistons on the road in what was their first game of a three-game road trip. As stated, Adams and Westbrook paced the team with 21 and 19 points in the win while Paul George went 7-18 from the field on the night while ending with 17 points along with 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City. And while the Thunder shot 7 for 29 from 3-point range versus the Pistons, the team shot a tad over 50% from the field as a team while out rebounding Detroit by a 52-41 margin for the game.
Detroit, on the other hand, was horrible from the field as they shot 33% for the night while converting only six of 25 attempts from long-range as they were led by Blake Griffin, who ended the game with 20 points, yet, the power forward only went 7 – 18 from the field while Andre Drummond finished with 13 points along with six rebounds on a night where he went 6 of 14 from the floor.
In all, The Thunder’s offense will always be dangerous as long as Westbrook is in the lineup, however, the defense has been one of the biggest catalyst in Oklahoma City’s recent play. They will certainly be looking to continue to build confidence versus a Nets team that has allowed opponents to score an average of 120 points in the last six home games, overall.
Brooklyn Nets's Latest Performance :
While the defense for Brooklyn has not been overly stellar in 2018, they have certainly played much better than the offense as this area has been up and down all season. In their last outing versus the Cavaliers, the Nets shot 39% for the night while only converting 29% of their 3-point attempts. On the other hand, the defense for Brooklyn, which are allowing 111 points per outing to opponents, performed well versus a struggling Cleveland squad on this night as the visitors shot only 43% for the night while converting only 4 of 15 3-point attempts.
As stated, Russell led the Nets in scoring with 30 points on the night along with 13 assists while Jordan Clarkston along with Tristan Thompson both had Double-doubles on the night as Clarkston ended with 20 points and 11 rebounds while Thompson had 19 and 14 points in the win. The player of the game, Alec Burks, ended with 13 points on 5-13 shooting from the field as the Nets would fail to reach the 100-point mark and their second straight game.
Brooklyn will look to get another crack at a win versus the Oklahoma City Thunder at home on Wednesday night. Unfortunately, getting a win will not be easy for the Nets as the Thunder has won three of their last four road games while covering the spread in 3 of those for outings as well. Brooklyn, on the other hand is 0 – 6 in their last six home games while being 1-6 against the spread during this time.
How Oklahoma City Thunder & Brooklyn Nets Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Oklahoma City is 14 – 8 ATS while the OU is 9 – 13
Brooklyn is 10-15 ATS while the OU is 12 – 13
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for this to be an interesting matchup as the Nets will certainly look to come out of their current, extended losing streak versus an Oklahoma City team that has not only excelled at home, but, on the road as well, recently. As stated, the Thunder will always be a dangerous team with Russell Westbrook in the lineup, however, the Nets will certainly have to buckle down on the defensive end in which to keep this game close.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder
My reason for the pick :
The Nets continue to go through their growing pains, and their matchup with the Thunder on Wednesday night will be just another example that they have such a long way to go. In all, look for the visitors to push the pace early and often in this matchup in which two obtain a lead early while utilizing their solid defense in which the neutralize already inconsistent squad, offensively, for Brooklyn in this contest. Expect the Oklahoma City Thunder to cruise in the second half of what will be a blowout victory versus the Nets on Wednesday night
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the under in this matchup as it has been the play in the majority of the recent games for both teams that will be squaring off in this contest. Also, look for the Thunder’s defense to have a solid night versus the on again off again Brooklyn Nets offense while the Oklahoma City Thunder will certainly take advantage of defensive mishaps versus a giving Nets defensive unit. Nonetheless, the total will certainly not surpass its set limit for this match up as I really do not see the nets scoring much in this matchup, overall.
Betting trends for Oklahoma City Thunder:
- Thunder are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
Under is 5-1 in Thunder last 6 overall.
Thunder are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
Betting trends for Brooklyn Nets:
- Nets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games.
Over is 3-0-1 in Nets last 4 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Nets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.