Wizards vs. Thunder Betting Odds & Predictions 1/6/23

by | Jan 6, 2023 | nba

Washington Wizards (17-22 SU, 17-21-1 ATS) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (16-22 SU, 22-16-0 ATS)

When: Friday, January 6th, 8:00 PM (ET)

Where: Paycom Center, OK, Oklahoma City

TV: NBC

Point Spread: WAS -2.0/ OKC -2 (Get a 100% real cash bonus up to $300 when you use bonus promo code PREDICT100 at MyBookie Sportsbook!)

Total: 233.0

Money Line: Washington Wizards -102/ -120

Notable Injuries

Wizards

  • Bradley Beal (Out) Hamstring
  • Taj Gibson (Questionable) Groin

Thunder

  • Aleksej Pokusevski (Out) Leg
  • Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (Out) Ankle
  • Chet Holmgren (Out) Foot
  • Ousmane Dieng (Out) Wrist
  • Jaylin Williams (Out) Ankle

Recent Form

Heading into the game, Washington is 17-22 overall. When taking to the road, Washington has a mark of 7-15 and a win percent of 32%. Currently, the team is 11th in the Eastern Conference. So far, they are 17-21-1 vs the spread. When looking at how the team has performed of late straight and vs the spread, they are 4-1 in their past 5 games, and 4-1 ATS. Over their past 10 games, they are 6-4 SU and 7-3 ATS.

In their last outing, Washington was unable to come away with a win against the Bucks, losing by a score of 123-113. Kristaps Porzingis led the team with 22 points, but it was not enough to overcome their status as 7-point underdogs. The Wizards also ended up with an ATS loss in the game.

Heading into the game, Oklahoma City is 16-22 overall. When playing at home, Oklahoma City has a mark of 11-9 and a win percent of 55%. Currently, the team is 13th in the Western Conference. So far, they are 22-16-0 vs the spread. In Oklahoma City’s last 5 games, the Thunder have a straight-up record of 2-3 while going 2-3 in those games. Going back to the last 10, they are 5-5 and 5-5 ATS.

Oklahoma City most recently lost to the Magic by a score of 126-115. The team high 33 points from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was not enough to come home with the win. The Thunder were 1-point favorites going into the game.

The Historicals

In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Thunder picked up the 121-120 win over the Wizards. Heading into the game, Oklahoma City was the 5.0-point underdog, giving them an ATS win. This has been the only matchup between the two teams this season. Although the Thunder have the better ATS mark across the previous 5 head-head matchups at 4-1, the average scoring margin sits in favor of Washington, as they averaged 118 points per game while allowing 110. A combined average of 228 points per game was achieved in these matchups, leading to an over-under mark of 3-2.

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Analysis

This year, the Washington offense is not only near the NBA average in points at 112.1 points per game, but they are also playing at a pace similar to the league average. So far, the Wizards are ranked 17th in possessions per contest. Washington comes into the game ranked just 23rd in 3-point attempts per game. So far, they have connected on 34.4% of their shots from deep, which places them 24th in the NBA. On defense, the Wizards are allowing an average of 112.0 points per game, placing them 16th in the league. So far, teams have shot 35.92% on their looks from outside vs Washington. This figure places them 21st in 3-point shooting defense.

Going into today’s game, Kyle Kuzma is the leading scorer for the Washington team, with an average of 21.3 points per game. This season, his field goal percentage is 46.0%. The team’s second top scorer is Kristaps Porzingis, who is averaging 22.2 points per game.

This season, Oklahoma City is among the league leaders in scoring, averaging 116.1 points per game. So far, the Thunder are also one of the more up-tempo teams in the league, sitting at 102.7 possessions per game. When looking at the team’s 3-point shooting numbers, they profile as an average team in both percentage and attempts. For the season, the Thunder offense is ranked 13th in 3-point attempts per game while connecting at a rate of 35.3%. On defense, the Thunder are allowing an average of 111.83 points per game, placing them 15th in the league. So far, opposing teams are hitting 34.97% of their looks from deep vs Oklahoma City.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is the top scorer for Oklahoma City, averaging 30.9 points per game. This season, his field goal percentage is 49.7%. The team’s second-leading scorer is Luguentz Dort, with an average of 14.1 points per game.

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Betting Trends

  • Wizards are 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall.
  • Wizards are 5-1 ATS in their last straight-up opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
  • Thunder are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following its loss.
  • Thunder are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up loss.

Joes Pick To Cover The Spread

Wrong team favored! The Wiz are hot! Oklahoma City has lost three of their last four games. Washington is a live underdog Friday night and should be listed as a -2 favorite! Question: Did you know that you could be wagering on games at -105 instead of -110? Imagine how much money that would save you! Quit pissing away your hard earned loot and start betting at discounted odds at BetAnySports Sportsbook!