Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Brooklyn Nets - 1/2/14
Brooklyn Nets (10-21) at Oklahoma City Thunder (25-6)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -11.5 -- Over/Under: 204.5 See the Latest Odds
The Brooklyn Nets look for a major upset tonight when they duke it out with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Nets have lost six of their last seven and will be looking to avoid a fifth straight road loss tonight after getting blown out by the Spurs by 113-92 on Tuesday. Mason Plumlee and Shaun Livingston led the team with 15 points apiece off the bench, but this was just one of those games you have to write off because the Nets were down by 30 points to start the fourth which has become somewhat of a regular occurrence this season. With the loss, Brooklyn drop to 10-21 overall and 4-12 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Thunder had won 12 of 13 and were looking for a fourth straight win going into Tuesday, but were given a little bit of a wakeup call in a 98-94 loss against the Trailblazers. Serge Ibaka scored 17 points while Kevin Durant scored a game-high 37 points, but could only manage one point in the fourth quarter as he struggled against Nicolas Batum's physical defense. With Durant misfiring in the decisive fourth quarter, OKC got outscored by 27-16 to lose by 98-94 to fall to 25-6 overall and 14-2 at home.
In ATS trends, the Nets are 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a loss and 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall, while the Thunder are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a loss but just 1-4 ATS in their last five home games.
I'm going to keep this one short and sweet. The Nets have been disappointing all season and simply embarassing in their last two games so I would be shocked if they suddenly show up and keep the game close against a Thunder team who haven't dropped two in a row at home since March 2012. I'm going with Durant and the Thunder all the way.