Brooklyn Nets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder / NBA – As it is customary for the NBA, several games are played outside the USA and Canada each season, most frequently in London and Mexico City. This game between Brooklyn and Oklahoma will be played in Mexico and two days after them Brooklyn will meet Miami in the same arena. Begins 08.12.2017 – 04:00 CET
Regardless who thinks about them the Nets are still doing well this season. The team that is “crippled” with injuries of its best players (Lin and Russell) has nine wins and 14 defeats. Despite being the last in their division certain progress can be noticed compared to previous season, when the Nets had just 20 wins out of 82 games. They won three games out of last five, and they had defeated Atlanta, Dallas and Memphis. The team shows imagination when in offensive and it is the fifth offensive team in the league, and sixth in rebounds.
Defence continues to be their weak spot as they are penultimate team in the league with 112.3 received points on average. We have mentioned injury of first two guards, Russell and Lin. Lin had played only the first game of the season after which he suffered major injury, while Russell played in only 12 games (the best scorer with 20.9 points per game). Besides two of them seven other players average double-digit number of points, and it must be said that first and second team are quite equal as each player can effortlessly play as a starter.
Probable lineups Brooklyn Nets: Dinwiddie, Crabbe, Hollis-Jefferson, Carroll, Zeller
Oklahoma City Thunder
As the season progresses it seems that Oklahoma didn’t get it right with new players, or more precisely George, Anthony and Westbrook don’t function as a team. According to what we have witnessed in several previous games, Westbrook cooperate the best with centre Adams, while two All-Star players oscillate a lot in their form. By now, Oklahoma has 11 wins and 12 defeats, but right now it has three-game winning streak against strong opponents; the Jazz, Spurs and Wolves.
Right in those games duo Westbrook-Adams functioned perfectly and it is very likely that “super-trio” will stay together for just one season. Adams averaged in last three games even 22 points and 8.2 rebounds, and he missed just three shooting from the field (28-34). Unlike the Nets, Oklahoma’s attack is at 24th place in the NBA, but its defence is a top one. It allows their opponents to score on average just 98.9 points, which puts them at the fourth place in the league.
Probable lineups Oklahoma City Thunder: Westbrook, Roberson, George, Anthony, Adams
Brooklyn Nets – Oklahoma City Thunder PICK
Regardless that game will be played in Mexico City it doesn’t mean it will be just of show. Victory counts and that is the most important. According to what the two teams showed so far we can expect a very interesting game. Oklahoma is in better shape and its roster is better, and out pick is victory of Westbrook’s team.
Pick: Oklahoma City -7.5 points
Odds: 1.97 at unibet (down to 1.87 can be played)