Oklahoma City Thunder: 2020 NBA Restart Prediction and Picks

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The Oklahoma City Thunder will be hoping to improve their seeding once the league is back in action.  The Thunder are in 3rd place in the Northwest and have a record of (40-24) to this point.  The Thunder are in the bottom half of the league in points forwarded at 110.8, while being in the top half in fewest points allowed at 108.3.  Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is leading the way on offense for the Thunder.  Let’s take a closer look at the Thunder roster, upcoming games, and postseason odds, 

Roster Breakdown: Gilgeous-Alexander is registering 19.3 points per contest, while averaging 6.1 rebounds.  Danilo Gallinari has done his job during the 2019-20 campaign, as he is recording 19.2 points and 2.1 assists per game.  Gallinari is knocking down nearly 41 percent of his attempts from 3-point range.  Dennis Schroder has rarely been in the starting lineup this season, as he has found himself in that spot just once in 63 games.  However, that has not stopped him from being one of the best contributors on offense for the Thunder.  Schroder is collecting 19 points and 4.1 assists per contest.  Chris Paul is registering just below 18 points, while dishing out 6.8 assists on average. Center Steven Adams is just below the double-double line on average, as he is adding 11 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. 

Remaining Schedule: vs. Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Memphis Grizzlies, Denver Nuggets (2), Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, and Los Angeles Clippers.        

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Help or Hurt: The Coronavirus break did not happen at a good time for the Thunder, as Oklahoma City was playing good basketball at the time.  The Thunder are currently on a 3 game win streak and are winners of 8 of their last 10 contests. Back on January 27, 2020, the Thunder were just 8 games above the .500 mark, since that day Oklahoma City has gone 12-4. 

Odds: The Oklahoma City Thunder are +3500 to win the Western Conference Finals and +10000 to win the NBA Finals Championship.  The Thunder have a nice blend of games remaining on their schedule, but will need to win at least 6 games if the Thunder want to have a chance to improve their seeding.  The Thunder got off to a rough start during this season, posting just a 5-10 record, but things quickly got rolling in the right direction after a November 27, 2019 loss to the Trail Blazers.  Time will tell how well this break benefited Oklahoma City, as the Thunder fall right in the middle of the teams that will be in this expanded playoff format.  

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