The Brooklyn Nets (16-19), who are currently on a six-game skid, will attempt to get back in the win column when they welcome the Oklahoma City Thunder (20-16) to Barclays Center. The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 217 points with Oklahoma City set as a 2-point favorite. Action gets underway at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, and it can be seen on NBATV.
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In the Thunder’s last contest, they were beaten by the Philadelphia 76ers, 120-113, despite being 6.5-point favorites. With 24 points on 9-for-14 shooting, Steven Adams was the top scorer from either team. Philadelphia had a turnover percentage of 9.3 (better than their season average of 13.0). Oklahoma City, meanwhile, had a free throw rate of 0.236 (above their season average of 0.228). The two teams combined to put up 233 points, which came in well over the O/U total of 213.5.
The Nets are hoping for a better outcome after failing to cover as 2-point underdogs in their 101-89 loss to the Orlando Magic in their last matchup. Spencer Dinwiddie led Brooklyn in scoring with 16 points on 6-for-19 shooting. Orlando did a fantastic job of converting from the free throw line (23-31; 74.2 percent). Brooklyn, on the other hand, forced the Magic into a turnover percentage of 16.0 (above their season average of 11.0). The two teams combined to put up 190 points, which finished well under the O/U total of 216.
It will be a battle of opposite tempos as the fast-breaking Nets will look to push the more grind-it-out Thunder. The Nets rank fifth in possessions per game while the Thunder are 26th.
Of Oklahoma City’s 35 games that accepted bets, 21 have finished under the projected point total, while 16 of Brooklyn’s 34 games have finished over the O/U total. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Thunder have a clear advantage. They are 20-16 SU and 22-12-1 ATS, while the Nets are 16-19 SU and 16-17-1 ATS.
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Thunder won both contests played against each other last season. In the last contest, Oklahoma City won 108-96. The Thunder dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a superb offensive rebounding percentage of 30.8 and a great turnover percentage of 9.5. The Nets recorded marks of 16.7 and 14.8, respectively, for those same stats.
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Prediction: SU Winner – Thunder, ATS Winner – Thunder, O/U – Under
Brooklyn ranks sixth in three pointers attempted per game (37.7) while Oklahoma City ranks 27th (29.5).
Brooklyn ranks 17th in assists per game (23.7) while Oklahoma City ranks 27th (21.3).
The Thunder average 16.6 points off turnovers per game, which ranks 18th in the league. The Nets rank 22nd in points off turnovers allowed per game (18.0).
Oklahoma City is 12-5 ATS on the road, while Brooklyn is 9-7 ATS at home.
Brooklyn is 0-5 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders in its last five games.
Across its past five games, Oklahoma City is 5-0 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over.
The Nets’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 12.0, up from 1.9 for the season.
During their last five games, the Thunder have scored an average of 109.4 points per game (0.7 above their season average) and allowed an average of 105.4 points per game (2.1 below their season average).