A second-half collapse meant the Raptors needed OT to dispatch the Thunder last time out. They’ll try to take care of business more quickly on Friday as the teams meet in the finale of a home-and-home set at Scotiabank Arena.
Pascal Siakam’s 33 points were the catalyst in the Raptors’ 123-114 OT win in Oklahoma City, helping Toronto keep pace with the first-place Milwaukee Bucks atop the Eastern Conference standings.
NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis
Toronto returns home as one of the top cover options in the league over the past couple of weeks, boasting a 5-2 ATS mark in its past seven games. And the Raptors are in great position to strengthen that mark against a Thunder team that has been a spread bettor’s nightmare for a while now, having covered just three of its past 16 games overall. But Oklahoma City has been a tough foe in Toronto, having gone 12-5 ATS in its last 17 visits.
Oddsmakers are expecting plenty of fireworks in this one with a total of 226 – but the teams find themselves on divergent paths when it comes to totals play. Oklahoma City is 10-4 to the under in its past 14 games and has gone an incredible 36-16 to the under in its past 52 meetings with teams above .600. Toronto, on the other hand, is a red-hot 5-1-1 O/U in its previous seven games and has surpassed the total in six straight vs. teams with winning records.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder were fortunate to even get to overtime against the formidable Raptors, doing so despite shooting less than 42 percent from the floor and 30.2 percent from 3-point range. And while Russell Westbrook and Paul George did as expected, combining for 61 points, the rest of the starting rotation produced just 21 points on 8-of-31 shooting. The Thunder will need more from their secondary players if they have any hope of avoiding a home-and-home sweep.
Toronto will be without point guard Kyle Lowry yet again as he nurses an ankle injury that kept him out of the first matchup. But the Raptors didn’t miss his ball distribution skills at all, racking up 30 assists in the victory – and it was a true team effort, with four different players each notching six helpers apiece. Siakam is in the thick of the race for Most Improved Player, coming into this one averaging 16.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists.