Free NBA Pick: Raptors vs. Thunder Lines
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(4-2) Toronto Raptors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (6-1)
Date: Wednesday November 9
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City Oklahoma
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Thunder -3.5
NBA Betting Total: 202
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Following a forgettable summer, Oklahoma City’s exquisite start has emerged as the budding NBA season’s surprise narrative.
Minus transcendent talent Kevin Durant, the 6-1 Thunder nonetheless reign supreme atop the Western Conference standings.
Meanwhile, the 4-2 Toronto Raptors are dealing with front-line injuries and perimeter shooting issues ahead of Wednesday evening’s inter-conference encounter.
All-Star DeMar DeRozan (33.7 ppg) currently leads the NBA in scoring. This fact is doubly impressive when considering DeRozan has made just two-of-ten three-point attempts on the season.
However, each of the seventh-year guard’s 202 points has been vital to Toronto’s struggling offense.
Overall, the Raptors trend toward the bottom of the league in ppg (100.8) and are the worst in 3pt percentage (26.2%).
Without projected starting pivots Jonas Valanciunas and Jared Sullinger, Toronto dropped a weekend home contest to 3-5 Sacramento. The Raptors’ prone interior defense was razed by Sacramento’s starting front line to the tune of 58 points.
In return, the inexperienced duo of Pascal Siakam and Jakob Poeltl (16 combined points) along with an ineffective DeMarre Carroll (four points, 1-of-8 shooting) presented no threat to the Kings.
Unquestionably, Toronto becomes a more robust unit with Center Jonas Valanciunas on the floor. The Raptors sport a laudable 4-1 record when their seven-footer starts. However, due to a left-knee contusion, Valanciunas’ playing status is listed as day-to-day.
To discover success against a surging Oklahoma City unit, wounded Toronto will likely need an offensive eruption from Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan.
If either of the two vaunted guards under-perform, the Raptors will suffer consecutive defeats.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder are stonewalling opponents defensively while gaining just enough offensive production outside of Russell Westbrook to boast a 6-1 record.
Overall, Oklahoma City’s stout rebounding and defensive efficiency reside among the league’s elite.
A key cog in the Thunder’s offensive success has been the husky contributions of Enes Kanter.
In his last two contests, the standout fifth-year reserve has averaged a potent 22 points and ten rebounds in just 21 mpg. Even more remarkable is Kanter’s scorching 19-of-26 FGM during this span.
Against an inexperienced and ailing Toronto front line, Kanter may yet offer another monster performance.
Even with the supporting casts’ increased productivity, the Thunder will only go so far as Russell Westbrook’s hyper-athletic legs allow. And through seven games, Oklahoma City has traveled farther than any pundit’s expectation.
For OKC to up its mark to 7-1, the front-line of Kanter, Steven Adams, and Domantas Sabonis must optimally perform.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Oklahoma City is 6-1 SU on the season.
- The Toronto Raptors are 4-2 SU this season.
- Toronto is 3-3 ATS this season.
- Oklahoma City is 4-3 ATS this season.
Free Toronto Raptors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Prediction:
Oklahoma City’s collective confidence is riding high amid a five-game home stand. Although, due to the potent production of Lowry and DeRozan, this contest will be competitive.
However, Russell Westbrook and his burgeoning teammates’ aplomb will be too much for visiting Toronto to handle.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Small Lean OVER 202
NBA Free Score Prediction: Toronto 100 – Oklahoma City 104
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