NBA Picks Against the Spread: Brooklyn Nets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

Jeff Grant@@JeffGrantSportsContributor IJanuary 2, 2013

NBA Picks Against the Spread: Brooklyn Nets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

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    Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are currently the highest-scoring pair of teammates in the NBA, which is important to consider when making your against-the-spread (ATS) picks Wednesday night, as the Oklahoma City Thunder (24-6) host the Brooklyn Nets (16-15) at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

    Sports bettors will find that the Thunder are 10-point home favorites in the pro basketball betting odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total stands at 197.5 in the market.

    Durant and Westbrook are combining to score 50.0 points per game, while Oklahoma City is leading the league overall in scoring.

    Let's take a closer look at this nonconference affair from a betting perspective, while offering a prediction along the way.

Brooklyn Nets

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    The Brooklyn Nets had their two-game win streak halted when they dropped a 104-73 decision to the San Antonio Spurs as nine-point road underdogs last time out. Their last three defeats away from home have come by an average of 20.0 points.

    Sports bettors will find that the Nets are 2-6 ATS in their last eight meetings against the Oklahoma City Thunder, including a 117-111 setback as four-point home underdogs on Dec. 4.

Oklahoma City Thunder

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    The Oklahoma City Thunder have scored 111 or more points during their current three-game winning streak, which includes a dominating 114-96 victory over the Phoenix Suns as 12.5-point home favorites in their most recent game.

    Sports bettors will find that the Thunder own the league's longest-active home winning streak at 12 games, and they have outscored foes by an average of 13.6 points per game during that span.


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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Oklahoma City Thunder as one of their NBA picks against the spread. The Brooklyn Nets are 0-6 ATS when allowing 100 or more points on the road this season, failing to cover the number by an average of 12 points.

    NBA Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder -10


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