Oklahoma City Thunder vs Toronto Raptors Prediction NBA Picks 3/22/24

Toronto Raptors (23-46) vs Oklahoma City Thunder (48-20)

Game Info: Friday, March 22, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

Betting Odds: Toronto Raptors +12.5 -- Over/Under: 230.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Toronto Raptors meet Friday in NBA action at the Scotiabank Arena. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Thunder vs Raptors prediction.

Oklahoma City Thunder

The Oklahoma City Thunder recently beat the Mavericks, Grizzlies, and Jazz. Chet Holmgren led the team with 35 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks, in a win over the Jazz. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 31 points with seven assists and four steals while Jalen Williams chipped in with 18 points on eight of 14 shooting, but no other player finished in double figures in scoring. As a team, the Thunder shot 48 percent from the field and 10 of 34 from the 3-point line as they got off to a sloppy start and actually trailed going into halftime, but they stayed within striking distance and made their move with a decisive 18-4 run in the fourth quarter to pull away and win comfortably in the end. The Thunder will take on the Bucks and Pelicans after this one.

Toronto Raptors

Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors have been in horrible shape as they've lost 10 of their last 11 games overall and they will be hoping to put a halt to an eight-game slide after getting thrashed by the Kings in a 123-89 loss on Wednesday. Gary Trent Jr led the team with 18 points, Ochai Agbaji and Jordan Nwora each scored 13 points while Jahmius Ramsey chipped in with 11 points off the bench. As a team, the Raptors shot just 41 percent from the field and 10 of 31 from the 3-point line as they struggled to find their offense from the start and just never had a chance after scoring just 38 points in the second and third quarters combined. Gradey Dick had a rough game as he finished with just five points on one of eight shooting while Bruce Brown scored just nine points with four turnovers.

Toronto Raptors Player Facts

  • Kelly Olynyk ranks 4th amongst qualified Centers for assists per game (4.2) this season.
  • Bruce Brown ranks 8th in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for FT% (87.0%) this season.

Oklahoma City Thunder Player Facts

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ranks 1st amongst qualified players for steals per game (2.1) this season.
  • Chet Holmgren rank 3rd amongst qualified players for steals + blocks per game (3.1) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Raptors rank 1st for fast break points (1327) this season.
  • The Raptors rank 1st for fast break points per game (19.2) this season.
  • The Thunder rank 1st in the league for blocks per game this season (6.7).
  • The Thunder rank 1st in the league for opponent turnovers per game this season (15.7).

Thunder vs Raptors prediction

The Thunder don't have a single player listed on the injury report, while the Raptors are still missing Scottie Barnes, Jakob Poeltl and RJ Barrett to name a few. The Thunder come into this meeting as one of the hottest teams in the league at the moment, they just thrashed the Jazz and are now up against a Raptors team who have only won one of their last 11 games overall. The line is hefty, but the Thunder are at full health and they really shouldn't have too much trouble blowing past this slumping Raptors squad who are losing to everyone these days.

Peter’s Pick Oklahoma City -12.5

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