OKC Thunder vs Washington Wizards Preview and Free Pick

Oklahoma City (4-3) at Washington (3-3)
When: Tuesday, November 10th 2015
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
Time: 7:05 ET | TV: NBA TV

Two inconsistent teams meet tonight in D.C. when the Wizards host the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Verizon Center. The Thunder started the season out 3-0, but then lost their next three before pulling it together on Sunday against Phoenix. Execution on defense is the Thunder’s main problem as they rank 25th in points allowed. They were outscored 30-17 in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s 103-98 loss at home to Toronto. Russell Westbrook turned the ball over 15 times in two games last week, but totaled only four in the last two. He’s also recorded a points-assists double-double in each of the last four games. Kevin Durant leads the way in scoring with a 30.1 average and his hitting 42% of his threes. He also pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds in Sunday’s win. The Thunder have the second best shooting percentage in the league at 48.4 and trail only Golden State in points scored per game.

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The Wizards defense is right behind the Thunder at 108 points allowed per game. The main reason for Washington’s struggles would be handling the ball. They lead the NBA in turnovers at an astonishing 19.7 per game. Point guard John Wall leads the team with 5 turnovers a game followed by shooting guard Bradley Beal at 3.5. Beal is questionable for tonight’s game with a shoulder injury suffered in the Wizards loss to Atlanta on Sunday. Washington has lost two straight games – both on the road – by 15 and 20 points. The Wizards are one of the favorites to come out of the East, but they trail the Atlanta Hawks by 2.5 games in the Southeast Division. Wizards F Otto Porter Jr., who is averaging 13.3 points a game this season, is 27-of-43 from the field in the last four games. He poured in a season-high 23 points on Sunday including 3-of-5 from long range. He’s averaging a career-high 33.9 minutes a game and is rounding into form after struggling in the first two games.


A team like Washington with or without Beal is too good to be getting 6 points at home. I’ll take the home dog tonight.

Pick: Wizards +6