Things won’t get much easier for the struggling Thunder (42-29, 23-11 home) on Wednesday, March 20 when they host the Raptors (50-21, 21-14 away) at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Tip off time is 9:30 p.m. EST.
Oklahoma City has lost six of its last ten games and has been vexed by a laundry list of issues. The Thunder have the league’s 16th-ranked offensive rating and fourth-ranked defensive rating. They’re averaging 114.5 points per game on 43.0% shooting and are giving up 110.9 points per game. Oklahoma City is 19th in field goals allowed and 15th in three-pointers surrendered.
They’ll have their hands full as they face Toronto. The Raptors have won six of their previous ten games and are second in the Eastern Conference. Toronto is averaging 114.1 points and the Raptors are 17th in rebounds and 14th in assists. They’ve been paced this year by Kawhi Leonard, who is averaging 27.1 points per game on 47.0% shooting.
This is the first time this year these two franchises have met, but they’ve both been hard at it lately.
The Thunder are fresh off of a 116-107 loss against the Heat in Miami in which they handed out 21 assists and pulled down 56 boards. The Raptors, meanwhile, are fresh off a 128-92 win against the Knicks in Toronto in which they shot 17-40 from deep. Jeremy Lin led the team with 20 points.
The Thunder are 4.5-point favorites, with an over/under total of 226. That’s a generous point spread, so proceed with caution if you’re thinking of wagering on the Thunder. Bear in mind that Toronto is 31-40-0 against the spread this season and 40-31-0 over/under. Oklahoma City, on the other hand, is 36-35-0 ATS and 34-37-0 over/under.