Wednesday’s ESPN double-header tips off at 7 PM ET with the Oklahoma City Thunder hosting the Brooklyn Nets. The Thunder (40-26 SU, 34-32 ATS) have dropped eight of nine ATS since the All-Star break, while the Nets (35-33 SU, 36-32 ATS) have covered just three of their last nine games.
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This is a particularly important game for Brooklyn. They’re in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race after three straight losing seasons, holding down seventh place at press time. The Thunder are comfortably in the middle of the pack in the West, although they’re 3-6 SU since the break – two of those wins coming in overtime.
The return of Paul George should help Oklahoma City regain their focus – if he’s healthy. George missed three games during this slump with a strained rotator cuff, and has shot the ball poorly since his return, hitting 31.3% of his field goals and 8-of-32 from beyond the arc. The Nets have close to their full lineup; Spencer Dinwiddie is back in action after missing five weeks recovering from thumb surgery, and Shabazz Napier (personal) is expected to rejoin the club after sitting out Saturday’s 114-112 win over the Atlanta Hawks (+5 at home).
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