Thunder vs. Raptors Prediction
The Thunder will attempt to halt a four-game losing skid on Friday night when they visit the Raptors for the second time this week. The Raptors blew a 20-point lead to the Thunder in OKC before eventually posting a 123-114 victory in overtime. Will this matchup fall under the total?
7:30 p.m. ET, Friday, March 22, 2019
Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sportsbook BetNow.eu, the Raptors are 2.5-point favorites to beat the Thunder. The total, meanwhile, sits at 226 points and as of this writing, 77% of the public betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Raptors to cover the point spread.
Oklahoma City Thunder Fantasy Spin
Russell Westbrook made 16-of-29 from the field for 42 points during a 123-114 overtime loss to the Raptors on Wednesday, adding 11 rebounds, six assists, one steal, eight turnovers and five 3-pointers in 44 minutes. There's trouble in OKC with the Thunder losing four straight to drop them to eighth in the Western Conference. As for Westbrook, he was limping in overtime after some contact with Kawhi Leonard, but Westbrook stayed in the game and looked fine. Westbrook had been rolling prior to his seven-point dud against the Warriors on Saturday, and he's vastly improved on his efficiency to give him an even higher nightly upside. His fantasy owners are going to have to watch his technical fouls because he will be suspended for every two he picks up going forward, but he didn't get any today.
Toronto Raptors Fantasy Spin
Kyle Lowry (right ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's rematch with the Thunder. Lowry getting ruled out a full 24 hours in advance of tip-off isn't a great sign, and for now, we'll be considering him questionable at best for Sunday's game against the Hornets. Fred VanVleet will continue to start while he's out, and he's basically a must-own guy for K. Low owners at this point.
NBA Betting Trends
The Thunder are 2-6 against the spread in their last eight road games and are 3-13 against the number in their last 16 games overall.
The Raptors have covered the spread in five of their last seven games overall.
Fading OKC has been profitable of late so if you’ve been riding that train, feel free to do so again tonight. That said, Toronto is just 2-9 against the spread in its last 11 games coming off a win and with no Lowry tonight, I see more value in the total. The under is 10-4 in the Thunder’s last 14 games overall and cashed in five of their previous seven on the road. Yes, the over cashed in Wednesday’s meeting in OKC but the teams needed overtime to get over the total. The Raptors only scored 18 points in the final quarter and if both teams play defense tonight like they’re capable of, I see the under being the best bet on the board.
Friday NBA Prediction: Thunder/Raptors under 226