A day after routing the Bulls in Chicago, the Brooklyn Nets are back at Barclays Center to host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night. The 26-14 Nets are in second place in the East, while the 13-27 Thunder are in 14th place in the West.
Brooklyn got a much-needed 138-112 win against Chicago last night in the final time that the two teams will meet in the regular season. Kevin Durant led the Nets with 27 points (7-of-10) and nine assists. James Harden scored 25 (6-of-13) and added 16 assists and seven rebounds.
The Nets need to carry some of that same energy back to Brooklyn, although the team is 11-10 in home games.
However, the good news is that Oklahoma City’s in the midst of a five-game losing streak. The Thunder fell to the Wizards, 122-118, on Tuesday. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored a team-high 32 points (13-of-22) and contributed eight assists.
Nic Claxton (left hamstring tightness) didn’t play against the Bulls and is day-to-day. LaMarcus Aldridge (right foot soreness) has been out for the past three games and Steve Nash doesn’t expect him to play against Oklahoma City.
Joe Harris (ankle surgery) remains out, and Nash gave a discouraging update on his rehab on Wednesday.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder betting odds, spread, over/under
According to WynnBET, the Nets are the 7.5-point favorite over the Thunder. Brooklyn’s -340 on the moneyline and Oklahoma City’s at +270. The over/under for the game is set at 217 points.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder prediction
The Nets aren’t the best team at home and will be without Kyrie Irving, but I believe that the team had the breakthrough that it needed against Chicago. And because of Brooklyn’s balanced attack on Wednesday, both Durant and Harden didn’t have to overload their minutes.
We’re taking the Nets -7.5 and over 217 points.
Brooklyn 119, Oklahoma City 100.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder TV channel
The Nets-Thunder game won’t be broadcast on national television but will be available on the local YES Network in the New York City area. The tip-off is slated for 8:30 p.m. ET.
Brooklyn Nets schedule and upcoming games
Brooklyn will play one more game at home before going on a four-game road trip.
Jan. 15 vs. New Orleans
Jan. 17 at Cleveland
Jan. 19 at Washington
Jan. 21 at San Antonio