Oklahoma City Thunder at Toronto Raptors Pick

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Date: 
March 22, 7:30 PM EDT
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Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Toronto -2.5
Total: 
226.5

The Oklahoma City Thunder (42 – 30) and the Toronto Raptors (51 – 21) will lock horns for a pivotal cross-conference collision set to take place on Friday, March 22th, 2019. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 PM ET and will be televised on FSN, SPORTSNET, and NBA TV. The two sides last met just two days ago in Oklahoma City where overtime was required to declare a winner. Closing as a five-point underdog, the Raptors would stage the upset and defeat the Thunder 123-114.

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Oklahoma City Thunder at Toronto Raptors Overview

Oklahoma City Thunder

Oklahoma City has lost its last four outings overall and failed to produce a cover while doing so. Combining their need to get off the snide and avenge the loss at home on Wednesday against this Toronto team, the Thunder will enter into this fixture motivated and hungry.

Toronto Raptors

The Raptors have won their last two games overall and have put together a 3-1 run against the spread in their previous four games. The gravity of this game is essential for the Raptors as they stand just two games behind Milwaukee for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Toronto finished as the top dog in last year's Eastern Conference standings and would love to do so again in 2019 to have home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference Playoffs.

Reasons To Back Oklahoma City

Very simply, the Raptors look too easy here as they are asked to lay a bucket when they defeated this same team in its own stead by nine points just two days ago. 80% of the consensus like Toronto here as the small-priced dog and this in itself gains our attention. Given the fact that Oklahoma City has lost four straight in addition to the recent result between these two sides, those that back the Thunder can fade a clear-cut overreaction.

Reasons To Avoid Toronto

When you back the Raptors in Toronto, you can expect to pay a premium to do so. Honing one of the most notorious home court advantages in all the NBA, the Raptors stand at 29-7 SU this season in the "Great White North". Despite once again owning one of the most impressive home records in all the league, Toronto has been a liability on its own court all season long as they are just 16-20 ATS. This exemplifies the fact that the Raptors are frequently overvalued on their own floor. Given the fact that Toronto is spotting just a bucket here, the market could be adept to a high upset probability orchestrated by OKC.

Oklahoma City at Toronto Pick 03/22/2019

We'll go ahead and trade the bucket away here and play this one outright. As we have highlighted already under most other circumstances, the Thunder would be the favored team had this game not been played in the Great White North. As a result of the premium alone that takers must endure backing the Raptors at home, we have the wrong team favored here. Oklahoma City will go forth and stage the upset much to the detest of the heavy public action that has poured in the Raptors.

Free Pick: 
Take Oklahoma City +120 (Money Line)
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