Last Updated: 2017-12-08
The Oklahoma City Thunder (11-12), 7.5-point favorites, will clash against the Brooklyn Nets (9-14) at Mexico City Arena. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 215 points and it can be seen on YES Network at 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 7, 2017.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Brooklyn Nets Betting Odds
Both teams were triumphant in their last game. The Nets had no trouble getting past the Atlanta Hawks 110-90, while the Thunder beat the Utah Jazz 100-94.
Oklahoma City dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a superb offensive rebounding percentage of 31.6 (above their season average of 25.9) and a free throw rate of 0.222 (above their season average of 0.188). Utah was 20.9 and 0.190, respectively, for those same stats. The Nets, on the other hand, had a solid offensive rebounding percentage of 29.3 (above their season average of 22.1) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.571 (above their season average of 0.510). Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had a good outing for Brooklyn, contributing 16 points and 10 rebounds. Oklahoma City rallied around Russell Westbrook, who finished with 34 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds. This gave him his sixth triple-double of the year.
The offense of Brooklyn will clash against the elite defense of Oklahoma City. The Nets currently rank 19th in offensive efficiency, while the Thunder are fourth in defensive efficiency. The Thunder should have the advantage on that side of the ball.
Vegas is known to place the total high when the Thunder are involved, as 65.2 percent of their games have ended under the O/U total. Oklahoma City comes into the contest with records of 11-12 straight up (SU) and 7-15-1 against the spread (ATS).
Unlike Oklahoma City, games involving the Nets have typically finished over the total (56.5 percent). Brooklyn has an outstanding 15-8 record ATS, despite being 9-14 SU.
Westbrook has been playing at a high level recently for Oklahoma City, averaging 25.8 points, 10.4 rebounds, 9.8 assists and 2.4 steals over the last five games.
The Thunder dominated this series last year, winning both games. In the last game, Oklahoma City won 122-104. Oklahoma City’s rebounding was their biggest advantage. The Thunder had 13 offensive rebounds and 44 total rebounds, while the Nets had four and 32, respectively. This is the first time these teams will meet this year.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Brooklyn Nets Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Thunder, ATS Winner – Thunder, O/U – Under
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The Thunder average 13.7 fast break points per game, which ranks sixth in the NBA. The Nets rank 15th in fast break points allowed per game (11.1).
Oklahoma City ranks sixth in rebounds allowed per game (41.5) while Brooklyn ranks 29th (46.7).
The Thunder rank first in points off turnovers per game (20.4) while the Nets rank 19th (16.4).
Oklahoma City ranks 10th in blocks per game (4.9) while Brooklyn ranks 26th in blocks allowed per game (5.6).
Oklahoma City ranks fifth in second chance points per game (14.2) while Brooklyn ranks 16th in second chance points allowed per game (12.4).
The Thunder rank first in steals per game (10.5) while the Nets rank 23rd (7.3).
The Nets average 33.9 three pointers per game, which ranks second in the league. The Thunder rank 16th in three pointers allowed per game (29.1).
Oklahoma City ranks third in points allowed in the paint per game (39.8) while Brooklyn ranks 22nd (46.4).
In games where they hold opponents under 100 points, Brooklyn is 4-0 and Oklahoma City is 9-4.
The Nets are 7-13 when they reach 100 points, while the Thunder are 9-5.
The Nets are 4-1 ATS over their last five games, while the Thunder are 0-5.
In their last five games, Brooklyn has 4 unders and 1 over, while Oklahoma City has 3 unders and 2 overs.
The Nets have outscored opponents by an average of 1.8 points in their last five games. For the season, Brooklyn has lost by an average of 2.5 points.
During their last five games, the Thunder have scored an average of 98.0 points per game (4.0 below their season average) and allowed an average of 101.2 points per game (2.4 above their season average).