Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Brooklyn Nets Prediction, NBA Odds

Edgar Chaput | Updated Jan 15, 2023

NBA: Boston Celtics at Brooklyn Nets

The young Thunder rolls into Brooklyn on Sunday evening to play the Nets. Oklahoma City has been in top form lately and looks to build off its successes.

January 15, 2023, 6:00 PM ET
Barclays Center
Pointspread +4.5 -106
Moneyline +155
Over / Under o +230


Betting Action


Pointspread -4.5 -114
Moneyline -186
Over / Under u +230


Betting Action


On the flip side, Brooklyn has begun its intermittent period without Kevin Durant, who will be out for several more weeks due to a right knee sprain. Of note, this game features the Nets’ fifth-ranked defence against the Thunder’s seventh best attack.

The Nets are favoured by -5.5 on the NBA odds and the over-under is pinned at 229.

Thunder vs. Nets NBA Betting Odds

The visitors have claimed each of the last five bouts. Dating back to January 2020, the Nets have conquered twice in Oklahoma OKC has thrice in Brooklyn. Not that this matters too much, but NBA repeatedly schedules these sides to meet in the month of January. Sunday marks the fifth time on six occasions that tip-off happens in the first month of the calendar year.

As we mentioned in the Thunder-Bulls preview, Oklahoma is playing mighty fine basketball. As much as it pleases their fans to see OKC battle for a playoff spot, the organization’s relative success is also giving betters reasons to smile. The Thunder are a terrific 27-16 ATS this campaign and have impressively covered five consecutive times and six out of seven. Furthermore, the last three were all road challenges.

It’s a different story for the Nets. A disastrous start to the season translated to a mediocre tally with respect to covering spreads. As has been written a lot lately, Brooklyn then went on a blistering run of convincing victories. Since Jan. 4 though they’re only 1-3 ATS and, worse, won’t have Durant until at least early February. Whether the side’s 21-20 ATS record improves or worsens is anybody’s guess.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Thanks in large part to the side’s two away victories earlier this week (in Philadelphia and Chicago), Mark Daigneault’s troupe is knocking on the door of a play-in spot. 20-23 doesn’t look great on paper but reading between the lines points to a team that is surging a the right time: the second half of the season.

What made their wins more impressive is that they demonstrate how OKC is learning to win away from home. In Chicago, burgeoning star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and company demonstrated poise in a contest that wasn’t back-and-forth, but whenever OKC tried pulling away, the Bulls climbed back into the contest. As they had done to Philly, the Thunder stormed through Chicago’s rim and pain protection, winning that battle 64-44, en route to a 124-110 final score. Three players with over 20 points will always help the cause: Josh Giddey (25), Jalen Williams (22), and Gilgeous-Alexander (21).

Brooklyn Nets

Yes, Brooklyn failed to defend home court in their first contest without KD. Also true is that they failed to put the Celtics away after an admirable first-half effort. Nevertheless, the 109-98 wasn’t an embarrassment. Brooklyn won the first quarter by two, the third by one, and lost the second by only five. They even shot better than Boston from beyond the arc (38.2 per cent to 33.3 per cent). The problem was the final frame, in which Boston, with Jaylen Brown missing, simply took command because they’re on a fire and lead the Eastern Conference.

Rebounding was a major concern and got worse down the stretch, as they lost that battle 48-31. Truth be told, they have bench player T.J. Warren to thank. When subbed in he contributed a terrific 20 points in support of Kyrie Irving’s 24. The conversation Friday morning was all about Ben Simmons. Nine rebounds and 13 assists sound wonderful. 0 points, much less so.

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