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Oklahoma City Thunder vs Toronto Raptors 21.03.2019 – NBA

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Toronto Raptors / NBA – Oklahoma and Toronto will play two games in just three days. The Thunder will host the first one and the rematch will take place in the Raptor’s Scotiabank Arena. The home team wants to put an end to three-game losing streak and will be helped by Westbrook, who is back after one game suspension.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Toronto Raptors begins 21.03.2019 at 02:30CET

Oklahoma City Thunder

Oklahoma lost in a row to the Pacers, Warriors and Heat and urgently wants to end the negative series and finally win. Right now its score is 42-29 (at home 23-11) and that is enough for sharing the 5th place in the Western Conference with the Spurs, but we should bear in mind that if they lose they could slide down all the way to the 8th place. Russell Westbrook is back in the starting five after he had to skip game with Miami (due to 16th technical foul).

The Thunder played against Miami almost without help from the bench since reserve players scored just 10 points and had shooting from the field at mere 4/22 (Miami’s reserves scored even 67 points). They have to do better against Toronto since Westbrook and George cannot do all by themselves, and if reserve centre Noel doesn’t recover Adams and Morris could have a fair deal of problem with tall visiting centres and regardless of fact that the Thunder are the second-best rebounding team in the league.

Probable lineups Oklahoma City Thunder: Westrbook, Ferguson, George, Grant, Adams

Toronto Raptors

Toronto is trying to catch Milwaukee that occupies the first place in the Eastern Conference in all possible ways but it is far more realistic that will end the regular season at the second place. They have two points fewer than the Bucks (have three losses more) but on the other hand they have five wins more than the 3rd-placed 76ers. The Raptors won six out of last 10 games and they come to Oklahoma City after sound home victory over the Knicks (by 36 points).

The Raptors won regardless that Leonard and Ibaka didn’t play, who will probably be in the team now. Leonard could be the key defensive player against George, while Gasol, Siakam and Ibaka could easily dominate the paint on both sides of the court. Injury of start guard Lowry could be a problem for the Raptors, as he had to leave early game with New York and who, according to the press, will skip one or even both games with Oklahoma.

Probable lineups Toronto Raptors: Lowry (VanVleet), Leonard, Green, Siakam, Gasol

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Toronto Raptors PICK

Besides three-game losing streak Oklahoma lost 9 out of 13 last games. The Thunder is definitely in crisis, and that is a bad thing for chasing better starting position in the play-off. Toronto has well balanced team and can parry to fast game that the home team prefers. Oklahoma has imperative to win and that is why we expect fast and efficient game.

Pick: over 223 points

Stake: 6/10

Odds: 1.90 at bet365 (down to 1.85 can be played)

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