Oklahoma City (31-24) at Washington (32-21)
When: Monday, February 13th 2017
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC
Time: 8:05 ET | TV: TNT
The Oklahoma City Thunder, fresh off an emotional game on Saturday night, must re-focus and take on a red-hot Washington Wizards team on Monday night. OKC saw the return of Kevin Durant on Saturday night and things with he and Thunder star Russell Westbrook got heated at times as the Warriors came out on top 130-114. Westbrook’s 47 points wasn’t enough as Oklahoma City allowed 73 to the Warriors in the first half and are now just 3-5 in their last eight contests. Westbrook’s 11 turnovers did not help Saturday, but he also contributed 11 rebounds and eight assists while improving his scoring average to 35.2 in February. Westbrook’s backcourt mate Victor Oladipo scored 20 points against Golden State and is averaging 20.3 in the last four games to up his season mark to 16.3 (second on the team). Center Steven Adams (12.3 points) has also picked up his production while scoring 14.2 per game over the last five, but aside from those three the Thunder went 11-of-33 from the field Saturday. Westbrook had a triple-double in the first meeting and has 26 overall, tied with Oscar Robertson for the third-most in a season in NBA history.
The Wizards have won 16 of their last 19 games after Friday’s 112-107 victory over Indiana after trailing at halftime. All-Star point guard John Wall leads a Washington offense that has scored at least 100 points in 20 straight games. Wall is scoring 23.0 points to go along with 10.5 assists overall and is even better of late, averaging 25.6 points in the past five games and 13.4 assists in a seven-game stretch. Bradley Beal has been on fire lately also, recording at least 27 points in four of the last seven games while forward Markieff Morris scored 26 in the win over Indiana. Center Marcin Gortat is averaging 13.8 rebounds the last five games and has a double-double in seven of the past eight. Washington has dropped five in a row to Oklahoma City including a 126-115 overtime loss on November 30th. The Wizards hold a 1.5 game lead over Atlanta in the Southeast Division and currently sit 3rd in the conference – 2.5 games behind second place Boston. Washington travels to Indiana on Thursday to wrap-up the first half of the season.
Westbrook can definitely keep the Thunder in any game, but he doesn’t have much around him when it comes to facing good teams like Washington. The Wizards are hot right now, especially at home. I’ll lay the points tonight.
Pick: Wizards -5