Oklahoma City Thunder is storming into their games this week with a 6-game winning streak and their full squad back in action, which gives us the green light to make them a part of our NBA Picks this week. Check-out what to expect of the Thunder this week as they roll into three away games this week.
Finally! The end of the year means the end of the era of misfortune in Oklahoma City. The Thunder is back and roaring louder than ever before. Completely healthy and totally focused - they’ve gained 6-straight wins coming into their 3 games this week, and our NBA picks will strike with them starting tonight against the Sacramento Kings.
Thunder’s Storm is Brewing
Their early-season setbacks came with a small advantage. The rest of their bench was forced to rise to the challenge. Reggie Jackson is finding his shot early in the season, becoming much more apart of the offensive game, Serge Ibaka is now looking like a natural-born beast on the boards and all over on defense.
They are no longer a team with only two options, but now their full roster is ready to step up and play at any moment. With the return of Durant and Westbrook, the team is looking to be one of the most dangerous 8th position playoff competitors in the history of the game.
Since the return of superstars Durant and Westbrook, they are combining for an average of 47 points, 11.5 assists, 12.6 rebounds, and both shooting over .500 percent from the field. And the team overall has locked down on the defensive side of the ball ranking 1st in the entire league allowing an average of just 94 points per game, and 2nd in the NBA in rebounds with just under 48 grabs on the boards per game .
They have made a great start into this week, waxing their 6th straight opponent, the Phoenix Suns, 122-88 (who just happen to be the team competing with them for the 8th spot in the playoff rankings).
Now, they will head into 3 away games this week that are crucial for their contending in the playoffs as they are just one win behind the Suns for 8th place. This road-trip could determine a lot of value for this Thunder team.
Their first game of the week will likely be the easiest, and an easy cover SUATS for your NBA picks in their games. They are taking on the Sacramento Kings who are ranked 20th in the league and whose season is collapsing beneath them with only 2 victories in the last 10 games.
Don’t let their matched 11-13 SU records fool you. The Kings are 0-3 SUATS in their last three games, 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games, and 1-7 ATS in their home games in the month of December. The Thunder will be rumbling in this road game.
The OKC will face-off in a thrilling Thursday night match-up against the Golden State Warriors. They have gone 1-6 ATS in their last 6 away games, and went 0-3 in their last road-series, which makes us think a pick ATS may not be smart. But you should also consider the Warriors could be gassed from their road-game against the Memphis Grizzlies and their tough inside game. It could give the Thunder an advantage in energy in their battle with the Warriors on Thursday.
Oklahoma City will then head into a game against newly confident Kobe Bryant and the Lakers the very next night, most-likely exhausted and with key players sitting and resting for longer minutes in the game to avoid anymore injuries before playoff time.
Could it be better to play them on the moneyline later in the week? Maybe the totals should be where you head with your bets?
This will definitely be the most important road-series for the OKC Thunder team since the return of their key players. Be sure to check-in with us for free game breakdowns and predictions as the Thunder will be on our radar all week long.