Toronto Raptors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 11/4/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder (1-3) at Toronto Raptors (2-1)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -11.5 -- Over/Under: 194.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-OK, TSN2
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Toronto Raptors play Tuesday night at the Air Canada Centre.
Things are getting worse and worse for the Oklahoma City Thunder, who lost to the Brooklyn Nets Monday and drop to 1-3. OKC’s starting shooting guard in Andre Roberson left the game with a foot injury and is questionable for this matchup. Remember, the Thunder are already without Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Jeremy Lamb isn’t expected to make his return just yet. One player who will give Oklahoma City a spark is Reggie Jackson, who scored 23 points and had five assists in his first game this season. Sebastian Telfair has racked up 20 points and 15 assists in his last two games, while Perry Jones has 71 points in his last three games. Defensively, the Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 96.7 points on 42.5 percent shooting and have lost six of their last eight regular season games when allowing 100-plus points.
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The Toronto Raptors return from a two-game road trip and look to bounce back from a Sunday loss to the Miami Heat. The Raptors are one of the better offensive teams in the league, averaging 106.3 points per game on 42.5 percent shooting from the field and 25.4 percent shooting from downtown. DeMar DeRozan leads Toronto with 23.7 points and 7.3 rebounds, while Kyle Lowry is averaging 18 points and six assists. While that 1-2 punch has proven to be effective, the Raptors third-leading scorer in Amir Johnson is questionable with an ankle injury. Defensively, the Toronto Raptors are struggling, allowing 101.3 points on 48.9 percent shooting from the field. Still, the Raptors have managed to win five of their last seven regular season games when allowing 100-plus points.
The Thunder are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 vs. NBA Atlantic. The Raptors are 1-5-2 ATS in their last 8 home games and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Northwest. The Thunder are 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Toronto.
While the Thunder are a shell of themselves, having Reggie Jackson back in the mix should help keep them afloat somewhat. Getting double digit points seems to be a little too much. Give me OKC to keep this thing close.