Oklahoma City Thunder at Brooklyn Nets odds, picks and best bets

The Oklahoma City Thunder (20-16) meet the Brooklyn Nets (16-19) for a 7:30 p.m. ET tip-off at Barclays Center. We analyze the Thunder-Nets odds and lines, with NBA betting advice and tips around the matchup.


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Thunder at Nets: Key injuries

Thunder

  • C Nerlens Noel (ankle) questionable
  • SG Andre Roberson (knee) out

Nets

  • PG Kyrie Irving (shoulder) out
  • SG Caris LeVert (rest) probable
  • SF Kevin Durant (Achilles) out

Thunder at Nets: Odds, lines, picks and betting tips

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Prediction

Nets 107, Thunder 103

Moneyline (ML)

The Thunder lost their five-game winning streak in a 120-113 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers Monday, while the Nets lost their sixth straight game Monday by a 101-89 count against the Orlando Magic. Look for the Nets to break out of their slump in this game because of LeVert’s return to the lineup and their 5-0 against the spread record as home underdogs. LeVert has a favorable matching, in Terrance Ferguson, in his second game back from injury and should provide a boost to a Nets offense that struggled against the Magic. Ferguson has a low offensive rating (102) and a high defensive rating (113).

Back the NETS (+120) to win outright. New to sports betting? A $100 bet for the Nets to win straight up can earn a $120 profit.

Line/Against the Spread (ATS)

The Nets have gotten the better of the Thunder in their recent history. They are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against the Thunder. Furthermore, the Nets have played well against good competition at home, going 6-2 overall versus teams above .500 in Brooklyn. I could also see this being a lookahead spot for the Thunder. They are on the second game of a back-to-back and wrapping up a four-game road trip, before returning home to play the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers.

Taking the NETS (+1.5, +100) for a small insurance play is acceptable, but not crucial. Obviously the +1.5 isn’t much insurance, but having a vig-less line is a nice sight.

Over/Under (O/U)

I’m PASSING on the projected total of 214.5 because I cannot find trends that could lead me toward the Over or Under. Both teams have a 5-5 Over/Under record in their last 10 games and the O/U is 5-4-1 in the last 10 head-to-head meetings. Also, with both teams playing the second half of a back-to-back I could see fatigue affecting either side of the ball.

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