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2022 NBA Handicapping
(13-27) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Brooklyn Nets (26-14)
Date: Thursday, January 13th
Time: 8:30 PM EST
Venue: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
NBA Moneyline Odds: Thunder +425 | Nets -455 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Nets -9.5
NBA Betting Total: 214.5
Thursday, January 13th, finds the Oklahoma City Thunder facing the Brooklyn Nets in their second and final meeting of this campaign. Brooklyn won the November 14th match 120-96.
The Thunder last played Tuesday losing a highly competitive match (118-122) versus the Wizards while the Nets are playing a back-to-back set having beat the Bulls 138-112 on Wednesday.
Although these clubs are on opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of their season’s desires the meeting offers intrigue based on the participants. Two of the Nets superstars were drafted by the Thunder by Sam Presti (along with Russell Westbrook) and made their first NBA Finals appearance with OKC losing to Miami.
Many felt the Thunder and Heat were destined for future NBA Finals battles. Instead, James Harden was traded to the Rockets and Kevin Durant broke the hearts of the Thunder faithful electing to join the Warriors months after the Thunder held a 3-1 lead in the conference finals but lost the series.
Last season, the squads played twice with each team winning on the road. The Thunder holds the advantage all-time having won 10 times of the club’s 18 meetings.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder are winless in 2022 and are still destined to be among the clubs pulling for luck in the NBA Draft Lottery. OKC is competing with a trio of clubs vying to grab one of the coveted bottom three seeds in the NBA to increase their chance of winning the top draft pick.
The Magic and Pistons have the edge as the only teams yet to register double-digit victories this season while the Rockets (11) and Thunder (13) have barely cleared that mark. The next tier includes a group of six teams who’ve yet to win 20 games (Pelicans, Spurs, Pacers, Kings, Blazers, Hawks).
Many of those six clubs are still invested in making the playoffs so much will depend on what decisions they make at the trade deadline, health, and circumstances. For example, a team like the Pelicans may remain invested believing Zion Williamson will return and allow them to make the play-in.
Similarly, the Kings or Blazers could make big deadline deals to invest in winning. Ultimately, what those squads do will have an impact on the Thunder although they are already being proactive at staying focused on tanking.
OKC has been extending the minutes of their rookies in recent games which is a move that gets them experience, offers insight into their potential, and makes it harder for the Thunder to register wins.
Last season, OKC somewhat overperformed and waited too long to make those moves, and with a trio of projected prospects that stand out in the 2022 draft class Sam Presti is intent on keeping his eye on the prize to avoid a repeat of 2021.
Isaiah Roby (quarantine) is questionable and Kenrich Williams (COVID) is out.
This week serves up a rough travel week for the Nets who played a matinee on Sunday in Brooklyn then had to travel to Portland for a game on Monday. Then they traveled to Chicago and are now back in Brooklyn to play OKC.
It’s not a typical itinerary and crosses several different time zones in a short time frame. The Nets are also navigating having Kyrie Irving available on the road while James Harden is dealing with a hyperextended knee.
It will be interesting to watch what impact Irving has on the rest of the roster and whether adapting to the differences it will create at home versus on the road are easy transitions or throws off their rhythm.
One thing is certain his presence on Wednesday finally allowed Brooklyn to beat a team in the upper tier with a home-court seeding – – the first time in nine opportunities with the win versus the Bulls.
Nic Claxton (hamstring) is questionable, LaMarcus Aldridge (foot) is out, Irving is ineligible and Joe Harris (ankle) is out.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Thunder are 7-3 in the last 10 head to head
- The teams are 5-5 ATS in their last 10 meetings.
- Over Under is 6-3-1 in the teams last 10 head to head matchups
Free Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Brooklyn Nets NBA Prediction:
Brooklyn should get the easy win, but Shai Gilgeous-Alexanader and the youthful Thunder know how their fan base feels about Kevin Durant so they’ll fight for the upset and if nothing else keep it closer than 9.5 points.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Thunder +9.5
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