Toronto Raptors @ Oklahoma City Thunder Free Betting Prediction November 4th

The Toronto Raptors look to up their season record to 5-0 as they take on the Thunder at Oklahoma City tonight.

(4-0) Toronto Raptors @ (3-1) Oklahoma City Thunder

Probable starting line-ups:

Toronto – PG – Kyle Lowry  SG – DeMar DeRozan  C – Jonas Valanciunas  SF – DeMarre Carroll  PF – Luis Scola

Oklahoma City – PG – Russell Westbrook  SG – Andre Roberson  C – Steven Adams  SF – Kevin Durant  PF – Serge Ibaka

Stats Leaders:

Toronto – PPG – DeMar DeRozan 20.8  RPG – Jonas Valanciunas 10.2  APG – Kyle Lowry 8.0

Oklahoma City – PPG – Russell Westbrook 30.2  RPG – Enes Kanter 11.0  APG – Russell Westbrook 9.2

Team Scoring: (with league ranking in parentheses)

Toronto – PF – 106.8 (5th)  PA – 95.0 (6th)

Oklahoma City – PF – 118.3 (2nd)  PA – 111.3 (28th)

Overview:

The Toronto Raptors are now 4-0 after a 102-91 road victory at the Dallas Mavericks last night. Starting point guard Kyle Lowry led the way with a double-double as he poured in 27 points and dished out 10 assists. He also had 5 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 blocks. He shot 9 of 15 from the field, 5 of 5 from the free throw line, and 4 of 5 from the 3 point line. Starting shooting guard DeMar DeRozan tallied 20 points. He also had 4 rebounds and 2 assists. He was 6 of 13 from the field and 8 of 8 from the free throw line. Starting power forward contributed with a double-double as he scored 19 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. He had 2 steals. He shot 9 of 13 from the field and 1 of 2 from the 3 point line. Starting center Jonas Valanciunas had 16 points and 8 rebounds. He also had 2 blocks. He shot 6 of 10 from the field and 4 of 5 from the free throw line. The team shot 45.1% from the field, 88.5% from the free throw line, and 29.4% from the 3 point line. They out-rebounded their opposition 47-44. They turned the ball over 16 times and forced the Mavericks in to 15 turnovers. The Raptors started out the game outscoring the Mavs 31-25 in the 1st quarter. They went in to the half down 2 points but outscored their opposition 53-40 in the 2nd half. Tonight is the 2nd of a 4 game road trip. It’s also the 2nd game of a back to back. Last season they were 10-8 in the 2nd game of a back to back. Their next game is Friday at the Orlando Magic.

The Oklahoma City Thunder suffered their 1st loss of the season with a 110-105 defeat at Houston on Monday. Starting small forward Kevin Durant led the team in scoring with 29 points. He also had 4 rebounds and 2 blocks. He shot 9 of 19 from the field, 7 of 9 from the free throw line, and 4 of 9 from the 3 point line. Starting point guard Russell Westbrook notched a double-double with 25 points and 11 assists. He also had 8 rebounds and 2 steals. He was 10 of 16 from the field, 2 of 2 from the free throw line, and 3 of 6 from the 3 point line. Starting power forward Serge Ibaka contributed with a double-double as he poured in 12 points and pulled down 14 rebounds. He also had 4 blocks and 2 assists. He shot 6 of 14 from the field. Starting point guard D.J. Augustin chipped in with 12 points. He also had 5 rebounds. He was 4 of 9 from the field, 3 of 5 from the free throw line, and 1 of 3 from the 3 point line. Starting shooting guard Dion Waiters had 9 points and 4 rebounds. He shot 3 of 8 from the field, 2 of 4 from the free throw line, and 1 of 1 from the 3 point line. Backup center Enes Kanter produced 6 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. He also had 3 assists. He was 3 of 8 from the field. The team shot 47.6% from the field, 68.2% from the free throw line, and 43.5% from the 3 point line. They dominated the glass as they out-rebounded the Rockets 55-34. They turned the ball over 24 times compared to only 12 turnovers by their opposition. The Thunder took a 11 point lead in to halftime but were outscored 28-14 in the 3rd quarter. Including tonight they play 7 of their next 10 games at home. Tonight is the first game of a back to back. Tomorrow night they play at the Chicago Bulls.

Last season Toronto and Oklahoma City split their 2 meetings. On November 4th 2014, the Raptors rolled to a 100-88 home victory. On March 8th 2915, the Thunder hung on for a 108-104 win at home.

Prediction:

This should be a very interesting match-up and a barometer for the Raptors to see how good they really are. Kevin Durant is back for the Thunder and he and Russell Westbrook are dominating thus far. I think this one will be a close game decided by 4 or 5 points. Take the Raptors +8.5 (1.90) (Bet365)

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Our resident NBA expert, Jeff has been handicapping NBA games for several years. He is an avid follower of the Toronto Raptors and the majority of games he handicaps will involve our lone Canadian NBA team.

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