If Wednesday’s game is any indication, this one will certainly be an entertaining one. In case you missed it, Toronto basically controlled the game for about 3 ½ quarters. While they built up a double-digit lead, it wasn’t insurmountable—which the Thunder did with a furious flurry in the final minutes of the game.
But the Thunder ran out of gas in overtime, and Toronto won by nine.
So– will this game be any different?
Oklahoma City has two of the best players in the league on the floor in Russell Westbrook and Paul George. But Toronto’s defence was able to mitigate George’s effectiveness. Not only will OKC need more from him to stand a chance, but the rest of the roster needs to pitch in as well.
Their other starters combined for just 21 points and the bench didn’t do much better (32).
There is a good chance the Raptors will choose to rest Kyle Lowry again to make sure his ankle recovers for the playoffs. But with Milwaukee’s lead now down to two games, no one else will likely rest.
Spread: Raptors by
The Thunder were favored Wednesday when the game was in Oklahoma City. With it being in Toronto this time, the Raptors will likely be favored. As long as the spread is less than ten, expect them to cover it.
These are two teams that are quite capable of putting up some points. They certainly proved that Wednesday night when they combined for 237 (with the help of an overtime period). Don’t expect a similar score on Friday.
Assuming the over/under is similar to Wednesday’s game (high 220’s), go with the under.
Money line: Raptors; Thunder
Toronto is playing well right now, and they have played well at home all season. You just can’t trust what you will see out of the Thunder. Take the Raptors to win.