Toronto Raptors (25-14) vs Oklahoma City Thunder (23-17)
NBA: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 8:00 PM (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
ML: Raptors -105, Thunder -115, Over/Under 212.5 (MyBookie)
Odds: Thunder -1 (MyBookie)
The Toronto Raptors blew their lead against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, losing 105-104. The Raptors beat the Spurs handedly through the first 3 quarters, then they choked in the 4th. Serge Ibaka and Kyle Lowry earned themselves a double-double on the night with Ibaka 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Lowry earning 16 points and 15 assists. Despite that, the Raptors are going to want to forget that they were up by 13 at the end of the 3rd.
The Oklahoma City Thunder handled the Minnesota Timberwolves away from home on Monday, winning 117-104. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander earned himself a record-breaking triple-double with 20 points, 20 rebounds, and 10 assists, making him the youngest player to have a 20-rebound triple-double game. Steven Adams earned himself a double-double on the night as well with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Danilo Gallinari was efficient and high scoring, earning 30 points while having a field goal percentage of 66.7%.
If you really think about it, the Raptors and the Thunder are almost the exact same team. Both teams lost a star player in the offseason, both teams have good point guards over the age of 32, and both teams have young players having their breakout season this year. The way Toronto is better is how they’re performing this year. The Toronto Raptors have a great defense, ranking 8th in rebounds per game, 7th in steals per game, and 10th in blocks per game. They also have a solid offense, ranking 15th in total points earned per game, 6th in 3-pointer percentage, 11th in assist per game, and has a +/- rating of 5.1. The Raptors are quite literally a better version of the Thunder
The Thunder don’t look nearly as good as a team that would make the playoffs. I will give credit to the Thunder for ranking 9th in field goal percentage, and 8th in turnovers per game. However, that doesn’t excuse their lackluster performance in every other category, ranking 19th in points per game, 22nd in rebounds per game, 28th in assist, 21st in steals per game, 15th in blocks per game, and only has a +/- rating of 1.8. If this keeps up, the Thunder are not making the playoffs.
Toronto are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games on the road.
Toronto are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Toronto’s last 6 games against an opponent in the Western conference.
Oklahoma City are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games when playing at home against Toronto.
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Oklahoma City’s last 18 games played in January.
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Oklahoma City’s last 8 games against Toronto.
To put this plain and simple, the better team wins this game here. If Chris Paul was in his prime, I would of picked the Thunder to win this game. Unless CP3 takes a sip of the fountain of youth, the Raptors are going to win tonight.