Puzzling Wizards Won't Put Pieces Together on Road vs. Thunder

Thursday, January 25, 2018 5:43 PM UTC

Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 5:43 PM UTC

The Wizards are super-talented and have one of the NBA's best backcourts, but they routinely disappoint and underperform. Could that be the case tonight against the Thunder?

<h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/washington-wizards-vs-oklahoma-city-thunder-3264361/" title="Wizards vs. Thunder">Thursday NBA: Wizards vs. Thunder</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Free NBA Pick:<strong> </strong>Thunder -5</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Best Line Offered:<strong> </strong><a href="http://https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4418&amp;book=5dimes" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">5Dimes</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3264361, "sportsbooksIds":[19,238,169,180,93], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>The road has not been that bad to the Wizards this season, with 11-12 SU and 12-11 ATS records away from Washington, D.C. Tonight, however, they might be without one of their best players and easily their best defender.</p><p>Otto Porter lasted only 22 minutes against Dallas two nights ago, and if he can’t play, that could really hurt the defense against the Thunder's talented wing players. Porter did practice on Wednesday, but even if he does play, the Thunder’s defense has been very good lately, and with Andre Roberson back, they could shut down this talented Wizards offense.</p><p>On top of that, the Wizards have not been great lately. Washington is only 1-8 ATS in their last nine games, and 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games.</p><p>There is also the small factor that the Wizards, who are +5 road underdogs on the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/" title="NBA Odds">NBA odds board</a>, have not played well in this series when it shifts to Oklahoma City.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;The Wizards have not won a road game in the series with the Thunder since March 26, 2008, when the team was the Seattle Supersonics. Roger Mason led the Wizards with 22 points.&lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/WizThunder?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#WizThunder&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Zach Rosen (@ZacharySRosen) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/ZacharySRosen/status/956539186600869888?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;January 25, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>It has been almost 10 years since the Wizards last won on the road against the Thunder, and that was when they first moved to Oklahoma City. Frankly, with the Thunder playing good basketball and covering three of their last five games, I like their chances against the Wizards tonight.</p><p>Russell Westbrook is going to be too much for John Wall to handle, and Paul George and Roberson should do a find job defensively against Bradley Beal and Porter. Outside of that, the battle down low could be dominated by the Thunder, which is not good news for Washington.</p><p>Even though the Thunder are 1-5 ATS in their last six home games, I like them for my <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/" title="Free NBA Picks">NBA picks</a> because Washington is struggling too much for me to trust them in this spot.</p>
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