Toronto Raptors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, NBA Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Feb 04, 2024

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The Toronto Raptors' six-game road trip continues Sunday night when they travel to OKC to face the Thunder.

February 04, 2024, 7:00 PM ET
Chesapeake Energy Arena
Pointspread +8.5 -115
Moneyline +280
Over / Under o +237.5
Pointspread -8.5 -105
Moneyline -350
Over / Under u +237.5

Arguably no team in the NBA is better positioned for success the rest of this decade than the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Raptors get their first look at them this season Sunday in OKC.

The Thunder opened as 8.5-point favourites to win on the NBA odds.

Raptors vs. Thunder NBA Betting Odds

Tanking doesn’t always work in the NBA, but the Oklahoma City appeared to do it perfectly in the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons in terms of drafting the right players as now they are legitimate title contenders despite having a very young roster.

While Toronto native Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is the clear-cut superstar on the team, third in the league in scoring and an MVP candidate, the 2022 draft really set this team on a championship path going forward as Oklahoma City took Chet Holmgren at No. 2 overall and Jalen Williams at No. 12, and they are two of the better young players in the Western Conference – although Williams is banged up currently. Holmgren didn’t play his first season due to injury but has been spectacular this season and is pushing generational prospect Victor Wembanyama of the Spurs for Rookie of the Year honours. Those two duelling going forward is going to be a stellar rivalry – and they don’t like each other to add to the spice.

OKC has so much good young talent and so many future first-round picks in its pocket that the franchise is set up better than any club in the NBA by far to make a blockbuster trade if such a player comes available. Frankly, the team is going to have to trade a few players or some of those picks eventually as there are only so many roster spots. The Thunder probably aren’t ready to win a title this season with so much playoff inexperience but can win a round or two out West. Look out next season.

These teams split last season, each winning at home. In fact, they have split five consecutive series. The Thunder lead 17-12 all-time in the Oklahoma City era and 8-7 at home.

Toronto Raptors

Toronto got back Immanuel Quickley and Jakob Poeltl from injury absences on Friday in Houston but still was no match for the Rockets in a 135-106 loss. Quickley looked good with 25 points and six assists; he also has scored at least 20 in two of this past three against Oklahoma City during his days with the Knicks. Poeltl had only six points in 20 minutes, and the Dinos were outscored by 17 points with him on the court. RJ Barrett was out again due to an injury and is questionable today. Backup big man Jontay Porter is out. Scottie Barnes led all players with 28 points Friday, his career-high 30th 20-point game of the season and fourth in the past five. He also became just the second player in NBA history (Kevin Durant in 2017-18) to record at least 275 assists, 75 three-point field goals and 70 blocks prior to the All-Star break in any season. Toronto is now 1-17 this season when scoring fewer than 110 points. It is 2-5 ATS in the past seven games.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Oklahoma City won its second game in a row Friday, 126-106 over Charlotte behind 31 points, nine assists, five steals and three blocks from All-Star and MVP candidate Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. The Toronto native leads the NBA in steals per game at 2.3 and has scored at least 30 points in nine straight games. SGA is on pace to become only the third player in NBA history to average at least 30 points and two steals while shooting 50 per cent or better from the field along with Stephen Curry and Michael Jordan. OKC played without forward Jalen Williams, out with a sprained right ankle, and guard Isaiah Joe, sidelined with a bruised sternum. Williams is the team’s No. 2 scorer and Joe leads the Thunder in three-pointers. Both are out Sunday. Reserve guard Tre Mann is questionable. OKC is 9-1 in its past 10 at home.

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