Thunder vs Raptors Prediction: Statistical Analysis
Thunder vs Raptors Prediction: The Toronto Raptors are expected to win the upcoming game against the Oklahoma City Thunder as per the latest prediction.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have a major challenge to avoid their fifth consecutive defeat when they host the Toronto Raptors in the upcoming NBA matchup on Friday night. The Thunder have started another season on a disappointing note. They need a much-improved performance to avoid a home loss to the Raptors.
The Toronto Raptors will look for their second consecutive win when they meet the Thunder at the Paycom Center Arena in the upcoming game. The Raptors got a satisfying start to their campaign. They will look to capitalize on the winning momentum and target a good winning streak in the coming days.
Oklahoma City Thunder Hunt for A Win After 4 Straight Defeats
The OKC Thunder are yet to make an impact this season, they are 13th in the West and have lost their last 4 games. They are desperately looking for a win and by hosting the Raptors they will look for cashing on the home advantage.
In the last game, the OKC Thunder managed to give a spirited fight to the Bucks. The game went to two OTs to decide the winner. The Bucks led by 2 points with 5 minutes remaining in the last quarter. A rally from the Thunder brought them back to the game.
Gilgeous-Alexander’s 3-pointer gave a 1-point lead to the Thunder with just 0.6 seconds remaining. However, Dort’s foul on Lopez with 0.2 seconds remaining forced overtime.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander gave a brilliant performance once again and finished with 39 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. Tre Mann contributed 21 points and 6 rebounds off the bench.
Raptors Improve their Home Record But Struggle at Home
The Toronto Raptors have been excellent at home but on the roads, they have been struggling. On Thursday, the Raptors defeated the Rockets at home. It was not a convincing victory as the Raptors would have expected. The field goal success rate of 41.2% does not look too good. They committed 26 fouls as well. Overall, it was a below-par performance from the Raptors but they ensured to not let the Rockets get away with an upset.
It was Fred VanVleet’s night as he secured his season-high seven 3-pointers. Overall, he finished with 32 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists. O.G. Aunoby played well too and added 27 points with 10 rebounds.
Overall with 112.3 PPG, the Raptors are 12 in the season and are ranked 5th in the East. Pascal Siakam is leading the scoring with 35.7 PPG. He also has the most number of assists for the Raptors.
Thunder vs Raptors Prediction: Recent Form
Oklahoma City Thunder
The OKC Thunder have struggled in most of the games till now. Currently, they are at 4-7 in the 13th position of the Western Conference. The Thunder could win only 1 of the last 5 fixtures. They won 3 and lost 3 of the 6 home games this season. On road trips, they managed to win just 1 of the 5 matchups. In the last game, the OKC Thunder faced a 132-136 defeat to the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Toronto Raptors looked good so far in the current season. With 7 wins and 5 losses, they are currently in the 5th position in the Eastern Conference. Toronto’s recent performances dipped as they got 2 wins out of the last 5 games. At home, they have a dominating record of 5-1 as of now. The Raptors won 2 of the 6 away games this season. In the last fixture, they gave a 116-109 defeat to the Houston Rockets.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Toronto Raptors Prediction: Winning Odds
It’s never easy for any side to perform well after four consecutive defeats. However, the OKC Thunder had some positives from the last game against the mighty Bucks. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is doing his part very well. He needs support from other players. Tre Mann’s confidence must be boosted after contributing in the previous game.
The Toronto Raptors have undoubtedly been the better team this season. They have the winning momentum as well. It’s a good chance for them to get back to their top form by dominating the Thunder. Pascal Siakam’s injury is definitely a significant setback. In his absence, VanVleet is expected to give another stellar performance against the Thunder.
As per Oddsshark, the Toronto Raptors have a high chance of winning this contest.
- OKC Thunder: +5 (-119)
- Toronto Raptors -5 (-119)
- OKC Thunder: +160
- Toronto Raptors: -227
Thunder vs Raptors Prediction: Team Stats
Oklahoma City Thunder
- The OKC Thunder maintained a scoring rate of 111.7 points per game this season. The average number of assists per game is currently at 23.8. The Thunder got a success rate of 30.5% in 3-pointers.
- The Thunder’s defense stats look slightly better. They played with an average of 45.8 rebounds per game so far along with 9.1 steals and 6.4 blocks per game.
- The Toronto Raptors have scored points at an average of 112.3. They maintained an average of 24.1 assists per game and converted 36.1% of the 3-pointers to goals.
- The Raptors’ average number of rebounds stands at 43.8 per game till now. The averages of steals and blocks per are currently at 10.8 and 6.2 respectively.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Toronto Raptors Prediction: Head-to-Head Stats
There have been 51 regular season games between these two teams in NBA history. The OKC Thunder have an upper hand with 31 wins, while the Toronto Raptors won 20 of them.
If we look at the last 5 meetings, 3 games were won by the Raptors and 2 by the Thunder. The previous meeting took place in the last season on 9 February 2022. The Toronto Raptors won that fixture with a score of 117-98.
Thunder vs Raptors Prediction: Players to Watch Out
Oklahoma City Thunder
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Point Guard)
Points Per Game: 31.6 | Assists Per Game: 5.6 | Rebounds Per Game: 4.5
Josh Giddey (Shooting Guard)
Points Per Game: 13.5 | Rebounds Per Game: 6.8 | Assists Per Game: 5.0
Luguentz Dort (Small Forward)
Points Per Game: 12.6 | Rebounds Per Game: 4.2 | Assists Per Game: 2.6
Fred VanVleet (Shooting Guard)
Points Per Game: 18.8 | Assists Per Game: 7.2 | Rebounds Per Game: 3.9
Gary Trent Jr. (Shooting Guard)
Points Per Game: 17.8 | Rebounds Per Game: 2.0 | Steals Per Game: 1.4
O.G. Anunoby (Small Forward)
Points Per Game: 16.8 | Rebounds Per Game: 6.4 | Steals Per Game: 3.1
Thunder vs Raptors Injuries
Oklahoma City Thunder
- Darius Bazley (Power Forward)
- Chet Holmgren (Power Forward)
- Precious Achiuwa (Power Forward)
- Justin Champagnie (Power Forward)
- Khem Birch (Center)
- Pascal Siakam (Power Forward)
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Toronto Raptors Prediction: Predicted Winner
The OKC Thunder will have no margin of error if they want to avoid another loss. They have a squad comprising some quality players but a complete team effort has been missing till now. On the other hand, The Toronto Raptors will try to dominate the Thunder and secure a comfortable win on Friday night. However, they need to be careful not to take the Thunder too lightly. All the predictions and betting markets are favoring the Raptors for this encounter.