The two fastest point guards in the NBA are likely All-Stars Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City and John Wall of Washington. Unfortunately, NBA fans or bettors at MyBookie will likely not get to see those two stars duel in Tuesday’s game because Wall is doubtful. That will certainly affect the NBA odds.
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First MeetingThese teams played last Thursday in OKC and the Thunder won 121-112. Westbrook scored a season-high 46 points on 19 of 29 shooting. The Thunder needed a big game from him because fellow All-Star Paul George struggled to 18 points on 6-for-19 shooting and Carmelo Anthony had just 13 points on 4-for-11. Steven Adams added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City. Bradley Beal scored 41 points, Wall had 21 and Markieff Morris added 20 for the Wizards, who committed 23 turnovers. Washington’s 120-98 home victory last season over the Thunder was its largest margin of victory against a Western Conference team since a 119-89 win over the Denver Nuggets on Dec. 5, 2014.
Why Bet on Oklahoma City?The Thunder got some terrible news this weekend when excellent defensive swingman Andre Roberson was lost to a season-ending ruptured patellar tendon. How good is he? The Thunder have allowed 11.8 more points per 100 possessions this season with Roberson on the bench. Teams shot 37.2 percent from 3-point range against the Thunder in the 10 games he missed earlier this year, as compared to 35.3 percent in other games; and foes have generally shot better with Roberson on the bench. This might actually help OKC’s offense as Roberson can’t shoot. He has made just eight 3-pointers in 36 attempts (22.2 percent) this season, meaning opposing defenses feel comfortable to leave him on the perimeter and help on other guys. He also can’t make free throws and would be fouled at times on purpose. Oklahoma City is on a season-high eight-game winning streak following a 122-112 home win over the 76ers on Sunday. Westbrook has 37 points, 14 assists, nine rebounds and two steals. He had just one turnover in 41 minutes of action. OKC’s recent surge has them just 1.0 games behind Minnesota for the No. 4 seed in the West. George added 31 points. Adams had another ultra-efficient game on Sunday with 20 points on 10-of-11 shooting, 13 rebounds and two assists in 33 minutes. Adams hauled in 10 offensive rebounds, one shy of his career-high. He’s making field goals at a 63.5% clip this season. Terrance Ferguson started Sunday’s game in place of Roberson but finished scoreless with five rebounds, four personal fouls and no other stats in 23 minutes. Over the last seven games, OKC has averaged a +12.3 point-differential and is now one of three teams in the Top 10 in both offensive and defensive efficiency (Golden State, Toronto). Since Dec. 1, the Thunder has gone 22-8 (.733, 60-win pace), which ranks as the second-best record in that timeframe behind Golden State, and has averaged 109.0 points per game.
Why Bet on Washington?The Wizards ended a two-game losing streak Saturday with a 129-104 win at Atlanta to complete a five-game trip at 2-3. Washington played that one without Wall due to a sore knee and he’s doubtful vs. the Thunder. The All-Star Beal had 18 points, five assists and three rebounds over 30 minutes. Wall underwent an MRI on Monday, but the results of that have not been made public and he’s currently headed to Cleveland where he’ll receive a second opinion on the knee that required a PRP injection earlier in the year from the doctor who performed his original knee surgery in 2016. That’s obviously a potential concern. Tomas Satoransky made the start Saturday in Atlanta, finishing with 11 points, seven assists and three rebounds. He turned it over just once and finished with a plus-12 rating. Tim Frazier also got more time and had four points, 14 assists and three blocked shots over 27 minutes. Frazier became the first bench player in NBA history to record at least 14 assists and three blocked shots since blocks were first tracked in 1973-74. They were the most by a Wizards reserve since Muggsy Bogues doled out 14 dimes in 1988. In the win, Washington tallied a season-high 40 assists, the team’s first 40-assist game since Nov. 6, 1992 when the team had 40 against the Charlotte Hornets. It was the eighth game in team history with at least 40 assists since 1983-84. Look for another big game from Beal as he’s averaging 24.8 points per game in 13 games with Wall on the sidelines, or basically slightly more than his overall average of 24.0 PPG. In his sixth NBA season, Beal is averaging career-highs in points (23.6), rebounds (4.3), assists (3.7) and minutes (35.9), while shooting .462 from the field. Beal has started every game for Washington this season and leads the team with 35 20+ point games. He is one of five players this season to score at least 50 points in a game, with a career-high 51 points at Portland (Dec. 5).
Latest NBA Odds Trends
- Oklahoma City is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
- Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oklahoma City’s last 5 games
- Washington is 2-9 ATS in its last 11 games
- Washington is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington’s last 5 games