Raptors vs. Thunder Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Payton Matthews | Updated Mar 30, 2021

Although he was expected to be wearing a different jersey by now, Kyle Lowry is still a Raptor and will help Toronto make a playoff push at least one more time.

Toronto
27-45
AT
March 31, 2021, 8:00 PM ET
Chesapeake Energy Arena
Pointspread -7.5 -110
Moneyline -309
Over / Under o +221

44%

Betting Action

56%

Pointspread +7.5 -110
Moneyline +254
Over / Under u +221

44%

Betting Action

56%

Wednesday is the first meeting of the season between the Toronto Raptors and rebuilding Oklahoma City Thunder. The Dinos are road favourites on the NBA odds.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Oklahoma City is scheduled to visit Tampa, Fla. on April 18.

The Thunder are in full-blown rebuild mode and the franchise currently owns at least 34 draft picks over the next seven years, 18 in the first round. General manager Sam Presti has been wheeling-and-dealing for months and probably will keep trading this offseason. The Thunder, who once had Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden on their team, have to build through the draft because free agents aren’t exactly keen on moving to Oklahoma City.

The Thunder do have one terrific young star in Canadian Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, but he’s currently injured. The Toronto native leads the team in scoring (23.7 ppg) and assists. OKC’s third-leading scorer is another Canadian, Luguentz Dort. The Montreal native was undrafted in 2019 out of Arizona State but has become a very solid NBA player. He averages 12.6 points per game but also is currently injured.

The Raptors are just 18-29 all-time in this series and 9-15 on the road but have won their past two in OKC. Norman Powell led the Raptors with 23 points in a 130-121 win the last time this team met, just over a year ago. Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby each had added 21 points. Four of the five Thunder players who started that game are on other teams now; the fifth was Gilgeous-Alexander. Toronto is 4-6 against the spread in the past 10 meetings.

Toronto Raptors

When/if Toronto misses the playoffs this season, you can partially point to them being swept 3-0 by the Eastern Conference-worst Detroit Pistons – although the Orlando Magic are probably worse following the trade deadline. The Pistons finished the deed Monday with a 118-104 home victory to hand the Raptors their third straight loss and 12th in the past 13 games. Kyle Lowry did play after sitting Monday but had just 10 points and was minus-23. He has failed to hit the 20-point mark in his past seven games; perhaps all that trade talk did take a toll. Fred VanVleet left briefly with an injury Monday but returned and had 22 points. Chris Boucher’s disappearing act continued with four points in 16 minutes. Toronto shot just 40.7 per cent overall.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Oklahoma City lost its third in a row, all at home, on Monday, a 127-106 decision versus Dallas. Aleksej Pokusevski, the No. 17 overall pick in the 2020 draft, led Oklahoma City with 21 points and is starting to play heavy minutes. Svi Mykhailiuk added 16 points in his first start for the Thunder since being traded from Detroit. Tony Bradley played in his first game with the Thunder since being traded from Philadelphia and had eight points and five rebounds in 14 minutes. Oklahoma City was down three starters — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (plantar fasciitis, right foot), Darius Bazley (left shoulder contusion) and Lu Dort (concussion) – and none of them are expected to play here. OKC is just 8-15 straight up at home.

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