Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Washington Wizards - 8/9/20 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Washington Wizards (24-45) at Oklahoma City Thunder (42-26)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 12:30 pm (ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -9 -- Over/Under: 224 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Washington Wizards and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Sunday in NBA action at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena.
The Washington Wizards could use a win here to snap a five-game losing streak. The Washington Wizards are averaging 114.9 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 119.4 points on 48.9 percent shooting. Rui Hachimura is averaging 13.4 points and 6.1 rebounds while Jordan McRae is averaging 12.8 points and 2.8 assists. Thomas Bryant is the third double-digit scorer and Shabazz Napier is dishing 3.8 assists. The Washington Wizards are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 78.8 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Wizards are allowing 37.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.8 rebounds per game.
The Oklahoma City Thunder need a bounce back win after losing two of their last three games. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 110.4 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 108.1 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 19.1 points and six rebounds while Danilo Gallinari is averaging 19 points and two assists. Dennis Schroder is the third double-digit scorer and Chris Paul is dishing 6.7 assists. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 79.8 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.8 rebounds per game.
The Wizards are 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 games as an underdog, 1-9 ATS in their last 10 Sunday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Thunder are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite, 25-12 ATS in their last 37 games playing on 1 days rest and 9-0 ATS in their last 9 Sunday games. The under is 4-0 in Wizards last 4 overall. The under is 4-1 in Thunder last 5 overall.
I'm not running to the window to back the Washington Wizards in any shape or form, but I can't confidently lay big chalk with OKC after losing to an undermanned Denver Nuggets club and getting rocked by the Memphis Grizzlies. The Oklahoma City Thunder clearly have lost some of their mojo from the original regular season and at this point may be focused on the upcoming playoffs. The Wizards are barely a G League roster, but they're playing hard. I wouldn't bet this game personally, but I'd want the points if forced to pick.