Planning on watching today’s Thunder and Wizards game? Catch the action at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC, as the Wizards hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on MNMT. The Thunder are the favorites in this non-conference matchup against the Wizards. The over/under for the game is set at 247 points.
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER VS WASHINGTON WIZARDS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Washington Wizards +11.5
This game will be played at Capital One Arena at 7:00 ET on Monday, January 8th.
WHY BET THE WASHINGTON WIZARDS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 116-112 in favor of the Thunder.
- Our projections have Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finishing with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
- From the field, we have the Thunder finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.0% and knocking down 14 threes.
Do the Thunder Have a Shot at a Win at Washington?
Heading into today’s game against the Wizards, the Thunder are the 11.5-point favorites on the road. If they win, they will also snap their two-game losing streak. For now, Oklahoma City is 3rd in the West on a record of 23-11.
Against the spread, the Thunder have also dropped two straight and are 24-10 for the season on the road. Their average scoring differential on the road is +6.7 points per game.
So far, the Thunder have been the favorites in 20 of their 34 games and have a record of 15-5 in those games. OU, their games have finished above the average over/under line of 232.9 points, with their average games totaling 236 points. The Thunder’s over/under record for the season is 20-14.
In their last game, Oklahoma City fell to the Nets by a score of 124-115. Going into the game, they were 5.5-point favorites, giving them a straight-up loss and an ATS loss.
In their most recent contest, the Thunder offense scored 115 points versus the Nets. They shot 53.6% from the field and hit 9 three-pointers. So far, the Thunder offense has been efficient inside the arc with a 56% two-point field goal percentage. In terms of pace, they are 10th in the NBA with 100.1 possessions per game.
The Thunder’s defense is presently ranked 15th in the league, allowing an average of 114.2 points per contest. Inside the arc, the Thunder defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 51.1% and 36.2% from three-point territory.
Can the Wizards Pull Out the Win as Home Underdogs?
With a record of 6-29, the Wizards will look to end their four-game losing streak today as they host the Thunder. However, they come into the game as the 11.5-point underdogs.
When looking at the standings, Washington is 14th in the Eastern Conference and 5th in the Southeast. Against other teams in the East, the Wizards have gone just 4-24 compared to 2-5 in non-conference matchups.
So far this season, Washington has been the underdog in 34 of their 35 games and has an average scoring margin of -11 points per game as the underdog. Their overall ATS record as the underdog this season is 15-19, but they have failed to cover the spread in three straight games on the road.
Their average scoring margin at home this season is -10.5 points per game, and they have gone 4-11 ATS at home. The Wizards’ over/under record for the season is 19-16, but the under has hit in two straight games. On average, their games have finished with 241.2 points per contest this season.
In their most recent game, the Wizards put up 105 points against the Knicks. In the game, they shot 37 three-pointers and had a shooting percentage of 47.1%. So far this season, the Wizards have struggled from beyond the arc, hitting just 35% of their attempts. On average, they attempt 35.2 three-pointers per game while making 15.9 free-throws.
Facing Oklahoma City, the Wizards aims for a better defensive performance, given their current average of 126.1 points allowed per game (30th). Inside the arc, the Wizards defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 57.5% and 37.9% from three-point territory.