The Brooklyn Nets (16-19) will try to snap their six-game losing streak when they clash against the Oklahoma City Thunder (20-16) at Barclays Center. The game can be seen on NBATV at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.
The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 217 points with Oklahoma City opening as a 2-point favorite.
Oklahoma City Thunder at Brooklyn Nets ATS Prediction
The last time the Thunder played, they were 6.5-point favorites and were defeated by the Philadelphia 76ers, 120-113. The game’s combined points (233) were well over the O/U total of 213.5. Philadelphia’s turnover percentage was their largest strength over Oklahoma City. The 76ers had a rate of 9.3 (better than their season average of 13.0), while the Thunder posted a mark of 10.5. Steven Adams was the game’s high scorer with 24 points on 9-for-14 shooting.
The Nets fell to the Orlando Magic in their last outing, 101-89. They failed to cover as 2-point underdogs. The game’s total points (190) were well under the projected point total of 216. One of Orlando’s largest strengths was getting to the charity stripe. They had 31 free throw attempts, while Brooklyn had 19. Brooklyn’s Spencer Dinwiddie had a good game, leading the team in scoring with 16 points on 6-for-19 shooting.
After the Thunder won both meetings against the Nets last season, this will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. In the most recent game, Oklahoma City won 108-96. The Thunder had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (30.8 vs. 16.7) and had a much better turnover percentage (9.5 vs. 14.8).
Oklahoma City heads into the game with records of 20-16 straight up (SU) and 22-12-1 against the spread (ATS). Thunder games have a tendency to go under the projected point total (60.0 percent).
Meanwhile, Brooklyn is 16-19 SU and 16-17-1 ATS. Of the Nets’ 34 games that accepted bets, 16 have finished over the O/U total.
It will be a battle of conflicting paces as the fast-paced Nets will look to push the slower-paced Thunder. The Nets currently rank fifth in possessions per game while the Thunder are 26th.
Oklahoma City Thunder at Brooklyn Nets Odds Pick
Prediction: ATS Winner – Thunder, O/U – Under
Oklahoma City is 12-5 ATS on the road with 11 unders and 6 overs.
At home, Brooklyn is 9-7 ATS with 8 unders, 7 overs and 1 push.
In games where they allow less than 100 points, Brooklyn is 3-1 and Oklahoma City is 6-3.
The Nets are 16-14 when they score more than 100 points, while the Thunder are 19-9.
Brooklyn ranks second in rebounds per game (48.4) while Oklahoma City ranks 25th (43.3).
The Thunder rank fourth in blocks allowed per game (4.2) while the Nets rank 25th (5.7).
Brooklyn ranks sixth in three pointers attempted per game (37.7) while Oklahoma City ranks 27th (29.5).
The Nets rank eighth in second chance points per game (13.9) while the Thunder rank 29th (11.1).
Brooklyn averages 50.5 points in the paint per game, which ranks fourth in the league. Oklahoma City ranks 22nd in points allowed in the paint per game (49.4).
The Nets rank 15th in fast break points per game (12.7) while the Thunder rank 29th (9.2).
Brooklyn ranks 17th in assists per game (23.7) while Oklahoma City ranks 27th (21.3).
The Thunder rank 18th in points off turnovers per game (16.6) while the Nets rank 22nd in points off turnovers allowed per game (18.0).
Over its last five contests, Oklahoma City is 5-0 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over.
Brooklyn is 0-5 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders over its last five games.
The Thunder’s average margin of victory in their last five games has been 4.0, up from 1.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Nets have scored an average of 103.0 points per game (6.7 below their season average) and allowed an average of 115.0 points per game (3.3 above their season average).