The Oklahoma City Thunder are coming off one of their most impressive wins of the season last night on the road vs. the San Antonio Spurs.
The Thunder beat San Antonio 113-100 for their ninth straight win of the season. Russell Westbrook led the way with 31 points while Kevin Durant scored 17. Reggie Jackson was once again huge vs. the Spurs with 21 points off the bench.
The recent news for the Raptors involves them trading away Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings. The Raptors have actually been winning of late with W’s in four of their last six, including a 109-108 OT win over the Dallas Mavericks in their last game on Friday night.
The starters for the Raptors have all been with the team for the entire season while the bench is made up of mainly new faces. The new look seems to be working of late for this team and they may not be as easy of an out as you would think for this Thunder team.
It’s always tough to win your 10th game in a row, and the Thunder will be on a back-to-back tonight, although they will be at home, where they are an undefeated 13-0 on the season. The Thunder are 1-2 in back-to-backs this season with their most recent loss coming on one at Portland a few weeks back.
Toronto is in the bottom half of the league when it comes to offensive efficiency, but they are 10th in the NBA on the defensive end. When it comes to upsetting the Thunder though, it’s usually a high-powered offense that is needed. This season the Thunder have had no trouble with some of the top defenses like Indiana, Chicago or the Spurs.
Last night’s win in San Antonio didn’t exactly come down to the wire either. The starters got their typical rest and even a bit more. Fatigue shouldn’t be a huge factor weighing against the Thunder tonight.
This is your typical trap game though from the betting side of things. You get the big win in San Antonio and aren’t too prepared for an underrated Toronto squad. I don’t expect the Thunder to blowout the Raptors tonight because of this scenario, but I do think they get the win, mainly because they’ll be at home.
The game will tip off at 6 p.m. CST and air on FS Oklahoma.