Thunder Head to All-Star Break As Second-Best ATS Team in NBA

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  • The OKC Thunder have the NBA’s second-best ATS record at 35-19-4.
  • OKC is 20-10 ATS on the road this season or a cove rate of 66.7%.
  • Rookie Josh Giddey has recorded three consecutive triple-doubles, joining Wilt Chamberlain as the only rookies in NBA history to do so.

The OKC Thunder may be dropping games this season but they surely are not disappointing their spread bettors.

At 18-40 SU on the season, the Thunder have the second-worst record in the Western Conference and the 4th-worst record in the entire NBA. However, at 35-19-4 ATS on the season, the Thunder’s 64.8% cover rate is the second-best ATS mark in the league, behind only the Memphis Grizzlies’ 40-20 ATS record.

OKC is NBA’s 2nd Best ATS Team

The Thunder are the third-best home team in the NBA as far as ATS records are concerned with a 15-9-4 record or 62.5% cover rate. Away from home, OKC is the second-best road ATS team at 20-10 or a cover rate of 66.7%. As home underdogs, the Thunder rank fifth with a 14-8-4 ATS mark or a cover rate of 63.6%.

As road underdogs, the Thunder have the most wins among the league’s 30 teams with 20 and at 20-10 ATS as away dogs or a 66.7% cover rate, they also have the second-best ATS record in the NBA as underdogs away from home. OKC’s 34 wins as betting underdogs, regardless of venue, are also the most in the NBA this season. The Thunder are 34-18-4 ATS as betting underdogs this season or a 65.4% cover rate which puts them in a tie with the Cavs (19-10-1 ATS as dogs) for the third-best mark under such circumstance.

Oklahoma City also has the 4th best record when playing against conference rivals at 22-13-2 ATS or a 62.9% cover rate. The Thunder are even better against non-conference opponents with a record of 13-6-2 ATS or a cover rate of 68.4% which is ranked second overall. The Thunder’s 6-2 ATS record or 75% cover rate against their divisional rivals are the best in the NBA while their 29-17-4 ATS mark against non-division opponents or 63.0% cover rate are second-best in the entire league.

Giddey Continues to Set Records

OKC’s success in the ATS arena can be traced to the scrappy play of their hardworking young players. Aside from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, rookie lottery pick Josh Giddey best personifies the Thunder’s fighting spirit as the Aussie teenager has literally done everything so the Thunder can compete in games. On Wednesday, Giddey recorded his third straight triple double in a 114-106 loss to the San Antonio Spurs, becoming only the second rookie NBA history after Wilt Chamberlain to record three consecutive triple-doubles.

One game earlier, the Thunder upset the New York Knicks as +375 betting underdogs at Madison Square Garden. Tre Mann and Giddey both scored career-highs against the Knicks with 31 and 28 points, respectively. But Giddey also added 11 rebounds and 12 assists to become the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double at The Garden.

The Thunder are the lowest-scoring team in the NBA this season at only 101.2 points per game scored. However, they compensate for that with the league’s 13th ranked scoring defense. OKC may not be going to the playoffs this season but if there are any moral victories this season, it’s Josh Giddey’s strong play and OKC’s ability to keep up with their opponents, as proven by their ATS record.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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