Trends To Know For Friday's NBA Betting Slate

All bettors should be aware of these three recent trends

Thunder at Knicks, 7:35pm EST


THE TREND: The Thunder have failed to cover the spread in their last five games. 

WHY IT MATTERS: After starting the season 26-12 ATS, the Thunder are .500 ATS in their last 24 games and have been on a five-game slide ATS.As BetQL predicted would happen several weeks ago, Oklahoma City is finally regressing in this regard. The Thunder’s pedestrian offense is one reason why their ATS success from earlier in the season was unsustainable. Their Offensive Rating is just the 14th-best in the league. Oklahoma City ranks in the bottom half of the NBA in points per game, pace, and points in the paint per game. The Thunder hit the third-fewest three-point field goals per game of any team and are dead last in fast break points per game. Their offense does not really excel at anything other than free throws made per game and not turning the ball over. They haven’t discriminated, either; they’ve struggled against playoff-bound teams and teams at the bottom of the standings lately. READ MORE and dive into the numbers of our latest feature.

Magic at Timberwolves, 8:05pm EST


THE TREND: The OVER has hit in nine-straight Magic games.

WHY IT MATTERS: After starting off 21-29 in Orlando Magic games, the OVER has won nine straight times in one of the most interesting turnarounds of the NBA betting season. The Magic rank 28th in points per game on the season, but in their last nine games, that number has shot up all the way to 119.0 per game. For context, the Milwaukee Bucks lead the NBA in season-long points per game (119.1). During this run, the OVER won by double-digits eight out of nine times, easily hitting in those contests. It’s worth noting that in their last meeting with the Timberwolves just a week prior, the Magic were victorious in a 136-125 shootout, smashing the closing total by 27 points. READ MORE about the OVER’s magical run in Orlando’s games in our feature.

Bucks at Lakers, 10:35pm EST


THE TREND: The Bucks have gone 2-4 ATS in their last six road games.

WHY IT MATTERS: Milwaukee lost two of those six road games straight-up (against the Heat and Pacers) and failed to cover as double-digit favorites in the other two (against the Wizards and Hornets). Tonight’s matchup against the Lakers is one of the most highly-anticipated recent NBA matchups and features the two teams with the best odds of winning the NBA Finals, per DraftKings. Therefore, expect Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and company to bring it against LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Lakers at Staples Center in what should be a dramatic and tight battle for regular-season bragging rights. CLICK HERE for our model’s best bet ATS.