NBA Picks: Nets vs. Thunder

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 2:03 PM GMT

Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 2:03 PM GMT

The Oklahoma City Thunder are the highest-scoring team in the NBA, which should create a lot of problems for the New Jersey Nets. Let’s take a closer look at this matchup's NBA odds from a betting perspective.


Miserable performance

The New Jersey Nets tied their lowest point total of the 2012-13 NBA season last time out, suffering a 104-73 blowout loss to the San Antonio Spurs as nine-point road underdogs, while going UNDER the total of 198. Offensively, the team knocked down just 2 of 20 shots in the third quarter in that affair, which resulted in scoring just five points in the first 12 minutes after the break.

Rolling again

Since suffering back-to-back losses for the first time this year, the Oklahoma City Thunder have won three consecutive games by scoring 111 or more points on the offensive end, including a dominating 114-96 victory over the Phoenix Suns on New Year’s Eve. It will be interesting to see if the franchise is able to carry that momentum into a new calendar year, as it has gone 14-14 against the spread (ATS) in January since the 2010 campaign.

Under the century mark

Sports bettors should only play the Nets as one of their NBA picks against the spread Wednesday night if they strong believe that they can hold the Thunder to under 100 points. Brooklyn has held 18 of its first 31 opponents below the century mark, posting a 13-5 record in those contests, but Oklahoma City averages 108.2 points per game at Chesapeake Energy Arena. It’s important to note that the Nets have gone UNDER the total in 10 of 12 games versus teams that average 99 or more points per game.

Streaking

The Thunder are worthy favorites when looking over the NBA odds, as they’ll try to extend their current home win streak to 13 games. Oklahoma City is averaging 110.9 points per game during that stretch—outscoring foes by an average of 13.6 points per game in that span. The favorite has a great shot to improve to 14-4 ATS in the last 18 meetings in this non-conference series.

Quite a duo

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are currently the highest-scoring duo in the NBA, averaging a combined 50.0 points per game, while the Thunder have tallied an impressive 13-3 record when both score 20-plus points in the same contest. In a 117-111 victory over New Jersey in this first meeting as four-point road favorites on Dec. 4, the pair totaled 57 points on 18-of-33 shooting from the floor.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Thunder as one of their pro basketball picks, as the Nets are 0-4 SUATS when revenging a loss versus an opponent this year, while the Thunder have never lost a game in this series when playing in Oklahoma City. 

NBA Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder -10 at BetOnline
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