Saturday, January 2, 2016
Time Warner Cable Arena
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The Oklahoma City Thunder travel to Time Warner Cable Arena to play the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday, January 2, 2016. The opening line for this game has Oklahoma City as 5.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 208.5.
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The Thunder come into this game with an overall record of 23-10 and a road record of 7-6. They are 1st in the Northwest Division. They currently have a point differential of 8.1 as they are averaging 108.7 points per game while giving up 100.5 per contest. The Hornets have an overall record of 17-14 and a home record of 13-6. They currently are 4th in the Southeast Division. They are averaging 102.5 points per game and surrendering 99.7, good for a point differential of 2.8.
Russell Westbrook comes into this contest averaging 25.9 points per game while playing 34.4 minutes per night so far this season for the Thunder. He pulls down 6.8 rebounds per game and dishes out 9.4 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 47% while his free throw percentage is currently at 83%. Kevin Durant averages 26.5 points per game in 35.9 minutes per contest this season. He averages 4.7 assists per contest and 7.3 rebounds per game for Oklahoma City. His field goal percentage is 52% for the year while his free throw percentage is 89%.
Kemba Walker averages 18.9 points per game while playing 35.3 minutes per contest this year for the Hornets. He grabs 4.2 rebounds per game and has 5 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage currently is at 84%. Nicolas Batum averages 16.3 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 34.6 minutes per contest. He also averages 6.6 rebounds per contest and 5.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage is 85%.
Oklahoma City averages 108.7 points per contest this season which ranks them 2nd in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 8.1 and their shooting percentage is 48% as a team which has them ranked 3rd. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 13th in the league. They average 55.2 rebounds per game and 21.7 assists per game which ranks them 3rd and 15th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 25th with 15.6 per game. The Thunder allow 100.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 15th in the league. They also allow a 43% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 7th and 19th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 50 rebounds a game which ranks 4th and they give up 20.3 assists per contest which puts them in 8th place in the league. They force 14.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 22nd in the league.
Charlotte averages 102.5 points per game this year which ranks them 9th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 2.8 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them sitting in the 20th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 16th in the NBA. They average 52.2 rebounds per game and 21.7 assists per contest which ranks them 15th and 14th respectively. In the turnover department the Hornets rank 1st with 13.1 per game. The Hornets allow 99.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 11th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 12th and 13th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 52.7 rebounds a game which ranks 19th and they give up 23.3 assists per contest which puts them in 25th place in the league. The Hornets force 14.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 23rd in the NBA.
Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Trends
The Oklahoma City Thunder are 13-20-0 against the spread
The Oklahoma City Thunder are 12-21-0 against the over/under
Charlotte Hornets Betting Trends
The Charlotte Hornets are 15-15-1 against the spread
The Charlotte Hornets are 15-15-1 against the over/under
Oklahoma City Thunder Injuries
No key injuries to report
Charlotte Hornets Injuries
12/31/15 F Spencer Hawes Back "?" Friday vs. Toronto
12/30/15 C Al Jefferson Knee out indefinitely
11/05/15 F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Shoulder out for season
01/01/16 PG Jeremy Lin Ankle is downgraded to expected to miss Friday vs. Toronto
01/01/16 F Nicolas Batum Toe probable Friday vs. Toronto
Josh's Pick: Take Oklahoma City
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