Nets vs Thunder Prediction - NBA Picks 12/31/23

Oklahoma City Thunder (21-9) vs Brooklyn Nets (15-17)

Game Info: Sunday, December 31, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Paycom Center)

Betting Odds: Oklahoma City Thunder -8.5 -- Over/Under: 237.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Brooklyn Nets invade the Paycom Center to do battle with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night. Here’s a Nets vs Thunder Prediction.

Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets have been in a slump as they've lost seven of their last nine games overall and they will be hoping to snap a two-game skid after getting beaten by the Wizards in a 110-104 road defeat on Friday. Mikal Bridges led the team with 19 points, Spencer Dinwiddie added 17 points with eight rebounds and six assists while Cam Johnson chipped in with 16 points. As a team, the Nets shot just 42 percent from the field and nine of 28 from the 3-point line which was good enough to hang around in a close contest until the fourth quarter where they went cold and scored just 18 points to allow the Wizards to slip away in the end.

Brooklyn Nets Player Facts

  • Spencer Dinwiddie ranks 6th in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for assists per game (6.6) this season.
  • Cameron Johnson ranks 13th in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for 3P% (41.8%) this season.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been in great form as they've won six of their last seven games overall and they will be aiming for a fourth straight win after routing the Nuggets in a 119-93 road win on Friday. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the team with 40 points on 14 of 20 shooting, Chet Holmgren added 24 points on nine of 14 shooting while Josh Giddey chipped in with 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists. As a team, the Thunder shot 50 percent from the field and 12 of 35 from the 3-point line as they followed the lead of Gilgeous-Alexander, going out in front early before they made it a complete blowout in the second half. The Thunder will play against the Celtics after this one.

Oklahoma City Thunder Player Facts

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ranks 1st amongst qualified players for steals per game (2.7) this season.
  • Chet Holmgren ranks 3rd amongst qualified players for Blocks Per Game (2.7) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Thunder rank 30th in the league for offensive rebounds per game this season (8.3).
  • The Thunder rank 1st in the league for opponent turnovers per game this season (16.8).
  • The Nets rank 30th in the league for steals per game this season (6.1).
  • The Nets rank 30th in the league for opponent turnovers per game this season (11.5).

Nets vs Thunder Prediction

The Nets are still missing Lonnie Walker, but they should have Nic Claxton back in the lineup, while the Thunder are coming into this one with a full squad. The Nets have been doing it tough lately and their confidence took another gut shot after getting beaten by the lowly Wizards on Friday, while the Thunder have been on fire and are coming into this one fresh off a statement win over the red-hot Nuggets in their last outing. This is a classic case of two teams headed in opposite directions, so even though the line is quite hefty, I'm still backing the Thunder to stay hot with a fourth straight victory here.

Peter’s Pick Oklahoma City -8.5

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