Oklahoma City Thunder at Toronto Raptors
|Date & Time||Friday March 22, 2019, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Toronto -2.5 -- Over/Under 226.5
FSOK, SPNT, NBAtv
The Oklahoma City Thunder look for revenge against the Toronto Raptors at the Scotiabank Arena on Friday night.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have really been in a funk lately as they’ve lost 10 of their last 14 games overall and they will be hoping to snap a four-game skid after falling short against the Raptors in a 123-114 overtime loss at home on Wednesday. Russell Westbrook led the team with 42 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, but he just didn’t have enough support as Paul George scored just 19 points before fouling out while Dennis Schroder chipped in with 12 points off the bench, but no other player finished in double figures. As a team, the Thunder shot just 41 percent from the field and 13 of 43 from the 3-point line as they rallied all the way back from a 20-point deficit to force overtime, only to score just four points in the extra period. With the tough loss, Oklahoma City fell to 42-30 overall and 23-12 at home which is good for fifth place in the Western Conference standings.
Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors have been in great form as they’ve won five of their last seven games and they will be aiming for a third straight win after Wednesday’s overtime win at Oklahoma City on Wednesday. Pascal Siakam led the team with 33 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, Fred VanVleet added 23 points with six assists while Kawhi Leonard chipped in with 22 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. As a team, the Thunder shot 51 percent from the field and 14 of 36 from the 3-point line as they regrouped in overtime after squandering a 20-point second half lead. With the win, Toronto improved to 51-21 overall and 22-14 on the road which is good for second place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Looking at the betting trends, the Thunder are 2-6 ATS in their last eight road games, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record and 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Raptors are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record, 4-9 ATS in their last 13 Friday games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the road team is 7-1 ATS in the last eight meetings, the over is 6-0 in the last six meetings and the Thunder are 12-5 ATS in the last 17 meetings in Toronto.
The Thunder will be kicking themselves after blowing their chance against the Raptors on Wednesday, but to get over the line, they’re going to need more help from George who had to watch overtime from the sideline. The Thunder are 12-5 ATS in the last 17 meetings in Toronto, but they are just 2-6 ATS in their last eight road games and 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games overall, so I’m sticking with the more reliable Raptors to stay hot with a win and cover in this one.