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Wizards vs Thunder NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Washington Wizards at Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Where: Oklahoma City at Paycom Center
  • Date: Friday, January 6th
  • Betting Odds WAS -2.0, WAS -102 | OKC -120 O/U 233.0

So far, the Wizards have put together an overall record of 17-22, while going 17-21-1 vs the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 2-1 straight-up and 2-1 vs the spread.

Washington is trying to bounce back from a 123-113 loss to the Bucks. Going into this game, the team was 7 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. Washington got off to a slow start, trailing by 12 points going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Kristaps Porzingis, as he contributed 22 points while hitting 53.8% of his shots.

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The Thunder come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 16-22. So far, the team has gone 22-16-0 against the spread. Looking back on Thunder’ previous 3 games, they have a record of 1-2 while averaging 120 points per game. Over this stretch, their ATS mark is 1-2.

In their previous game, the Thunder were favored to win vs the Magic. However, their 126-115 loss gave them both a straight up and ATS defeat. In the loss, Oklahoma City got off to a slow start, trailing by 17 points going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, as he contributed 33 points while hitting 42.1% of his shots.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

I Similar to their season-long average, the Wizards averaged 111.5 points per game vs the Thunder. Similar to the Wizards, the Thunder scored at a rate near the league average. In their games vs Washington, the team averaged 108.5 points per game. Although the Thunder have the better ATS mark across the previous 5 head-head matchups at 4-1, the average scoring margin sits in favor of Washington, as they averaged 118 points per game while allowing 110. The over-under record in these same games is 3-2, with the teams combining for an average of 228 points per game.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

The Wizards come into today’s game as the 20th ranked scoring offense at 112.1 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Wizards are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 98.9 per contest. This deliberate style of basketball has played a role in the unit ranking just 16th in made shots per game.

Against the Thunder, the Wizards will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 16th in points allowed.

Power-Foward Kyle Kuzma currently leads the Wizards at 21.3 points per game. For the season, he is 39th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 20.6% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Kuzma is averaging 7.6 boards and 3.8 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 22nd ranked defense at defending power-fowards. Kristaps Porzingis enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 35 games, he is averaging 22.2 and is 34th in the league in player efficiency rating.

Through 38 games, Oklahoma City is the 7th best scoring team at 116.1 points per game. So far, Oklahoma City is averaging 102.7 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Heading into the game, the Thunder will look to continue with their formula of playing fast and getting to the basket, as they are near the top of the league in two-point fields made per game.

Currently, the Thunder defense is ranked 15th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 111.83 points per game vs the unit.

This season, the Thunder offense has primarily worked through Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Luguentz Dort who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 34 games, Gilgeous-Alexander is 4th in the NBA at 30.9 points per game. So far, him and Dort have accounted for 35% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 45.0 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Luguentz Dort is grabbing 4.1 rebounds for Oklahoma City to go along with 2.3 assists.

Wizards vs Thunder Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Thunder -2
  • Free Total Prediction: Over 233.0


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