Oklahoma City Thunder: Game #76 Preview | Atlanta Hawks

The Oklahoma City Thunder picked up a 134-131 overtime win on Monday in Portland against the Trail Blazers, a puzzling move whenever you’re technically TRYING to lose in an attempt to finish with the best lottery odds at the top overall pick. Even with a diminished roster, the Thunder continues to stay competitive, but that “accidentally winning” likely won’t be a problem tonight as the short-handed Thunder hosts the Atlanta Hawks.

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Thunder Against the Spread | OKC is ACTUALLY Favored on the Road

For the first time all season long, the Thunder is a favorite on the road. I didn’t think this line made any sense, considering the fact that OKC’s injury list is a long one, but then I saw that Portland is an even worse situation than the Thunder. With that being said, I don’t think either team is going to want to win this game based on the timing and both organizations trying to tank as hard as possible. Still, I see OKC winning this one on accident somehow.

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Thunder Against the Spread | Round 2 Against the Magic Will Have Different Results

The Thunder has done all kinds of things to essentially avoid winning, but I’m not sure they’ll be able to do that tonight. Yes, the Magic won by 5 on Sunday, but Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was out, and I anticipate he will play tonight. I’m taking OKC to cover AND win the game, even if it does hurt draft lottery odds.

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Thunder Against the Spread | If Shai Plays, Pick OKC to Cover

The Thunder remains as one of the best bets against the spread in the entire league, and as long as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander plays tonight, which he should, I’m feeling good about this line. The Celtics are one of the NBA’s hottest teams right now, but they’re missing some key pieces in Marcus Smart and Robert Williams III, so I’m thinking OKC can keep it to single digits.

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Thunder Against the Spread | Tonight Might Be a Cover AND a Win for OKC

The Thunder is in familiar territory as a road dog, whereas the Magic are the favorite for just the seventh time this season. While Orlando has done a solid job at covering when the favorite (4-2), there’s no way I’m picking OKC to lose this game by 7+ points. A a matter a fact, I’m picking the Thunder to win outright.

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Thunder Against the Spread | SGA’s Availability Will Affect Thunder’s Ability to Cover Giant Spread

OKC trailed by 16 against the Spurs on Wednesday, but they roared back cover the 10-point spread (and nearly won the game). Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is once again questionable with a sore ankle, so that’s likely the reason for the larger than normal spread, but Miami is a dangerous team regardless. Still, I’m taking OKC to cover because 16 points is an abnormally large spread, even for a tanking team.

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Oklahoma City Thunder | Game #70: Miami Heat

The losing streak continues to grow for the Oklahoma City Thunder, and it’s unlikely to come to an end tonight as the Thunder takes on the Miami Heat in the second road game in three days. Despite all the losing, OKC has fought in a number of games, including on Wednesday night in San Antonio when they trailed by 16 to the Spurs before rallying to take a lead with just a few seconds left in the fourth quarter. Lonnie Walker IV managed to hit a contested three with a little over a second left on the clock to give San Antonio the lead and the eventual win.

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Oklahoma City Thunder | Game #69: San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs are lacking a true superstar, but Dejounte Murray has proven himself as an elite playmaker, putting up 20.8 points, 8.4 assists, and 9.4 rebounds per game. San Antonio also has five other players that average double-digit scoring, and collectively, the Spurs are 8th in the NBA in scoring.

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Thunder Against the Spread | Expect a High Score Against the Hornets

The Thunder did their best to stage a comeback last night against the Memphis Grizzlies, and despite trailing by double digits late in the fourth quarter, they managed to cut the deficit to 6 in the final minute. Memphis won, but OKC covered easily. Charlotte enters tonight’s game after a couple days of rest, while the Thunder is playing the second game of a back-to-back. Still, the Hornets are not used to being double-digit favorites on the road, and as electric as the home crowd was last night, I anticipate an energized Thunder squad that should cover the spread and might even manage to pull out a win.

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Oklahoma City Thunder | Game #68 Preview: Charlotte Hornets

The Oklahoma City Thunder put up a fight against the Memphis Grizzlies in front of a packed house last night, but they fell short, dropping their 5th consecutive game and 9th straight home loss. The Thunder gets another shot at some action tonight as they host the Charlotte Hornets.

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