Washington vs Oklahoma: prediction for the NBA match
Getting closer to the mid-season, Washington started to slow down. Unseld's men are looking terrible on defense now. They are giving too much space under their own rim. Many opponents managed to score more than 120 points on Wizards. In space of one and a half weeks Wizards allowed more than 120 points in three matches.
Washington won the most recent match. Two days ago, Wizards recorded an away victory over Orlando (102:100). They managed to clinch a victory in the last quarter, capital team was losing before this one.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma is still one of the weakest teams in the league. So far Thunder have only 13 victories. Only Houston has a weaker result in the Western Conference, they won 11 matches. Thunder are struggling to get victories, because the level of players in their roster is relatively low.
Oklahoma recorded the most recent victory at the beginning of the year, they beat New York (95:80). After that Thunder suffered four defeats. In most recent matches they were beaten by Minnesota (105:135) and Denver (95:99).
Beal averages 24 points per game
In 4 out of 5 most recent matches Thunder failed to beat that total
Oklahoma is not so hopeless as it seems. Thunder at least try to put up a fight to their opponents. They managed to do that in matches against Denver, Minnesota and Dallas. Thunder were beaten in these matches by no more than 11 points. We think that Oklahoma will be able to put up a fight against weakened Washington.
Our prediction - Handicap (+11) points for Oklahoma
Oklahoma has big problems with offensive performance. It is not so easy for them to score 100 points. Thunder were unable to do that in 4 out of 5 most recent matches. Taking that into account, we are not expecting a high-scoring game.
Our second bet is on total under 220,5 points