National Basketball Association: WSH vs. OKC
Washington Wizards (26-21, 11-12 away) at Oklahoma City Thunder (27-20, 17-7 home)
January 25, 2018- 8:00 PM ET (TV TNT) Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
Two teams heading in different directions will meet for the first time this season in a Thursday night primetime clash at Chesapeake Energy Arena that will feature the Washington Wizards taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder in a matchup that has the following betting lines from our best sportsbooks;
Best Wizards Lines: 5Dimes Spread (+5.5) ML +190
Best Thunder Lines: MyBookie Spread (-5.5) ML -220
Over/Under: BetOnline 213.5
Playing just .500 ball over their last 10 games, the Wizards at 26-21 will seek to get things turned around, but to do so must get by a red-hot Thunder team on the road.
Picked by many to run away with the Southeast Division at the beginning of the season, it’s been far from that from the Wizards who now find themselves one-game back of the surprising Miami Heat .
Washington currently sits in fifth-place in the Eastern Conference and are left scrambling for answers as they have dropped five of their last eight games and more concerning is having lost 11 games to sub-.500 teams.
A tough team to figure out considering they have beaten Boston, Toronto and Houston, the Wizards are surrounded by All-Stars in guards John Wall and Bradley Beal but must step it collectively as a team and take back control of their destiny.
For the Thunder, they have an All-Star of their own in guard Russell Westbrook but easily should of had two with Paul George, who with 20.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.1 steals was snubbed by the West.
Nonetheless, the Thunder are in the midst of a five-game winning streak to move their record to 27-20; a mark that now has them 2 ½ games back of the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Northwest Division.
Much like their counterparts, the Thunder have defeated some quality opponents, but have also dropped some games to teams they should have beat.
A look at the numbers for each team has the Wizards averaging 106.5 points per game scored to 105.4 for Oklahoma City. On defense, Washington is allowing 105.3 points per game, while for the Thunder, they have shown some improvement allowing 101.4 PPG in defending the basket.
Both teams will meet in DC in just five days, but for this matchup heading in, who will come away with the victory? For sports betting purposes for our US players, MyBookie is favoring OKC (-5.5) points over WSH with an over/under of 213.5 total game points scored from BetOnline. Keeping my confidence in the home team, I will favor the Thunder MINUS the points (-5.5) over Washington for the win as my best betting pick.