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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Josh Giddey (3) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 31, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Nate Billings)

Toronto Raptors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, Feb. 9

Kyle Barrette

We were spot on yesterday and cruised to an easy win as the Celtics dominated that game from start to finish. We shift now to tonight’s matchup between Toronto and the Thunder. OKC was already having a rough season, and now their star point guard will be sidelined for multiple weeks with an ankle injury. The Raptors are fighting to stay in the playoff hunt and could use the easy wins to stay in the fight. So who has the edge here? Let’s break down this matchup and find out.

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Raptors:
Toronto finally finds itself basically fully healthy and poised to make a playoff run. Toronto is another team that has quietly been winning games. They have won seven of their last eight and currently have a six-game winning streak. Oddly enough, Toronto has played the same four teams only once over the past eight games and has won them all except one. They get to start with an easy one in the Thunder as they branch out onto new opponents. The Raptors offense has been clicking as they have scored 110+ in each of their last four games. Defensively, the Raptors have cracked the top ten in points allowed per game at 106. If these trends continue, it could be a long night for the Thunder.

Thunder:
Times are tough right now in OKC. The season is basically lost and your top playmaker goes down with almost a month-long injury. Defensively, this squad is holding their own and has created some close matchups. Although the defense has hung in there, the same cannot be said about the offense. In three of the five games since SGA went down, the Thunder have been unable to crack 100 points. Outside of Portland, whom they have played twice since his injury, they have not been able to keep teams near that low of a score this season, coming into this game on a two-game losing streak. The Thunder will try and lean on Dort and his three-point shooting, but will it be enough to carry them past Toronto?

Raptors vs. Thunder prediction: Raptors 1st Half -5
I don’t have a good feeling for the Thunder in this one. The Raptors have been on fire lately, and I think the momentum should roll into this game, so I think they will get off to a good start and build at least a five-point lead by the half. With how tough Toronto’s defense is, the Thunder are going to have to shoot well above their average to stay competitive and I don’t see it happening. Take the Raptors 1st Half -5

Same Game Parlay:
Fred VanVleet First Basket, VanVleet Over 19.5 Points, Gary Trent Jr. Over 18.5 Points, VanVleet to score 25+ Pts, Raptors to win by 1-10 Pts and Raptors ML 1st Half.

SGP Odds +26772

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