Basketball betting respect remains high for the Oklahoma City Thunder as they are one of the most promising and appealing teams on the basketball gambling board.
The Oklahoma City Thunder will host the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night with a starting tome of 8 PM ET. Sports-Gambling will have the side and over under odds for this interconference matchup of likely playoff teams so be sure and open your account today.
Atlanta had a record of 19-12 straight up but just 13-18 with the NBA betting odds. The Hawks were a better value on the road however with 8 payouts in 15 games and went under the total in 9 of their first 15 away games. Atlanta was a solid defensive team that ranked 7th in the NBA for points allowed while ranking 19th for scoring.
Atlanta was a surprising 2nd place team in the Southeast Division behind the Miami Heat and ahead of the struggling Orlando Magic. Al Horford was the Hawks leading scorer with 16.9 points per game and he also led Atlanta in rebounds with 9.7 per outing.
Oklahoma City had a record of 21-10 straight up and 16-15 with the NBA sports betting line. The Thunder were a break even 8-8 against the spread at home and were a strong over team as a host with 12 out of their 16 games going over the total. OKC was the 7th best offensive team in the NBA led by superstar Kevin Durant who had 28.1 points per game as well as 6.6 rebounds per outing.
Russell Westbrook was the leading assist man with 8.1 per game. The Thunder defense ranked only 21st in the NBA and was a concern. Oklahoma City was a better value in the last half of December with 7 payouts in 9 games from December 8 through December 25. The Thunder were within striking distance of Utah in the Northwest Division.
The Thunder own this head to head basketball betting series with 12 payouts in their last 13 games against Atlanta with 4 of the last 5 meetings between the teams going under the total. This is the first meeting of the season between these two teams.