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Oklahoma City Thunder Betting and Team Guide

There are plenty of Oklahoma City Thunder betting opportunities every single season. That’s why we decided to create this team guide. It includes both historical information about the franchise and the latest news and predictions for the current NBA season.

Our expert writers make sure to follow all the relevant developments around the Thunder and update this page.

Oklahoma City Thunder Betting in 2019-20

Let’s take a look at what types of Oklahoma City Thunder betting options are open right now.

Latest Oklahoma City Thunder Odds for 2019-20

Oklahoma City Thunder to Win the 2020 NBA Championship +10000
Oklahoma City Thunder to Win the 2020 NBA Western Conference +6600
Oklahoma City Thunder to Win the 2020 NBA Northwest Division +1000

Oklahoma City Thunder Predictions for 2019-20

  • Current Prediction: 40-44 wins, make the playoffs
  • Current Pick: no recommended bet
  • Last Updated: January 3rd

The memo that the Thunder were supposed to be rebuilding in 2019/2020 must not have been sent to the players on Billy Donovan’s roster. Oklahoma City is comfortably sitting inside the top 8 in the Western Conference standings, and they have proven that they can play with the “big boys.”

OKC has beaten the likes of Los Angeles (Clippers), Philadelphia, and Dallas, on top of winning road games at difficult places like Utah and Toronto. I don’t believe the Thunder have enough to win a series come playoff time, but just getting there in the first place should be considered a successful year.

Previous Oklahoma City Thunder Predictions

October 8

  • Prediction: No chance for the playoffs
  • Pick: Under 31.5 Wins +105

To my surprise, most NBA betting sites online have placed the over/under regular season wins for the Oklahoma City Thunder around the 31-32 mark. That seems too high for a team that was heavily relying on two players that are now gone. I don’t think that Chris Paul can elevate the side and make up for the loss of Westbrook and Paul George.

In fact, the franchise will be desperately trying to trade him too and enter a full rebuild mode. I don’t see how the Thunder will win more than 25-30, especially since the West is so stacked. That’s why the price of +105 or so that can be found for the under 31.5 victories is simply too good to miss.

Season Preview

The Oklahoma City Thunder are probably the team that will be the most different in this NBA season compared to the last one. The franchise traded Paul George and Russell Westbrook, opting to rebuild for the future instead of trying to compete now.

As a result, the Thunder will most likely miss the playoffs, and this season won’t see them win many games. The main target would be to develop some young players, so don’t expect wonders from the organization.

Oklahoma City Thunder News and Updates

January 3rd, by Michael Wynn

Team GM Sam Presti isn’t afraid to make bold moves, so it wouldn’t be shocking to see the Thunder be fairly active as we approach the February 6th Trade Deadline. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander looks like a perimeter player you can build a franchise around, so moving Chris Paul or Dennis Shroder isn’t completely off the table.

Steven Adams is set to earn more than $27 million next season and is beloved in OKC. With that being said, he’s a big man that other contenders will likely be pursuing, so it’s not official he ends the year in a Thunder uniform.

Previous News and Updates

October 8, by Jerry Summer

The media day before the start of the new season was interesting, to say the least. Chris Paul was adamant he was happy to end up with the Thunder and that he relishes the opportunity to start in a new team.

There might be some positives for him in the outcome of the summer, as Paul has been playing a second fiddle behind Harden for the past two seasons. The main strength of the point guard is to orchestrate the offense and that’s exactly what will be expected by him in Oklahoma. I don’t think he will reach the heights of his prime, but you never know with a player of such a caliber.

July 13, by Jerry Summer

The second superstar of the Oklahoma City Thunder is now gone after the franchise traded Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul plus draft picks. It’s another decision that is aimed at the future of the organization, but the question is what happens with CP.

The point guard has one of the most expensive contracts and will most likely continue his recent decline, mainly because of his age and the injuries suffered in the past couple of years. Many expect the Thunder to try and get rid of Paul as well, but there aren’t many suitors right now.

July 6, by Jerry Summer

In one of the most shocking moves of the NBA offseason, the Thunder traded Paul George to the Clippers for Danilo Gallinari, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and a bunch of future draft picks. It’s a transaction that dramatically changes the course of the organization.

It seems the executives believe that the Thunder can’t compete with the current roster, so it’s time to rebuild. The logical next move would be to trade Russell Westbrook as well, and we’ve already seen a lot of rumors that the point guard will be gone soon.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder in 2019-20

Oklahoma City Thunder Roster in 2019-20

With so many changes in the roster, it would be a good idea to explore the new personnel of the Oklahoma City Thunder before betting on the franchise.

  • Chris Paul – Guard
  • Dennis Schroder – Guard
  • Raymond Felton – Guard
  • Deonte Burton – Guard
  • Luguentz Dort – Guard
  • Awudu Abass – Guard
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – Guard
  • Terrance Ferguson – Guard
  • Andre Roberson – Guard
  • Hamidou Diallo – Guard
  • Devon Hall – Guard
  • Danilo Gallinari – Forward
  • Abdel Nader – Forward
  • Mike Muscala – Forward
  • Kevin Hervey – Forward
  • Darius Bazley – Forward
  • Donte Grantham – Forward
  • Steven Adams – Center
  • Nerlens Noel – Center

Projected Starting Lineup

Here’s what we expect to see from the Thunder in terms of their starting lineup for the upcoming 2019-20 NBA season.

  • Chris Paul – Point Guard
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – Shooting Guard
  • Danilo Gallinari – Small Forward
  • Patrick Patterson – Power Forward
  • Steven Adams – Center

The whole team will change dramatically with Russell Westbrook gone. Chris Paul will be the new mastermind, and his style is completely different. You can expect the point guard to share the ball a lot more, and he’s a way better shooter that doesn’t drive as much as Russ did.

Paul will create more for his teammates, and that should help the rest of the team contribute. Gallinari and Gilgeous-Alexander should benefit the most, but Adams and Patterson will also enjoy more open looks from their favorite positions.

We expect to see decent offensive performances from the Thunder starting lineup, as long as Paul is healthy. The situation is similar in the defensive department. Adams is a decent rim protector, while Patterson is an above-average defender.

One of the big questions is if age will hit CP3’s performance in this area. He’s usually excellent, but he might need to save some energy to run the offense.

The good news is that Gilgeous-Alexander’s reach means he has the potential to be an exceptional defender, and while Gallinari is not exactly strong when it comes to guarding the opposition, he’s not a complete liability.

Depth and Bench

We believe that the Thunder’s starters are better than most people think, but the bench of the franchise is going to be an issue. Dennis Schroder, Nerlens Noel, Andre Roberson, and Mike Muscala should probably get the most minutes.

Each of them has their strong sides, but the Thunder simply lack enough depth right now, and the team will suffer when the starting unit is resting. That’s probably the franchise’s biggest issue for the 2019-20 season.

Oklahoma City Thunder Staff in 2019-20

After going through Oklahoma City Thunder’s roster, it’s only logical to move on to the coaching staff for 2019-20.

  • Head Coach: Billy Donovan
  • Coaching Staff: Maurice Cheeks (Asst. Coach), Vin Bhavnani (Asst. Coach), Mike Wilks (Asst. Coach), David Akinyooye (Asst. Coach), Dave Bliss (Asst. Coach), Mark Daigneault (Asst. Coach), Brian Keefe (Asst. Coach)
  • Ownership: Professional Basketball Club LLC
  • General Manager: Sam Presti

Billy Donovan has been the head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder since 2015, and he will be leading the team into the next NBA season too. It’s interesting to note that he has been losing his assistants on a regular basis, and this year is not an exception.

Many believe that this is Donovan’s last season at the helm, as his contract is expiring next summer. Considering the changes in the roster, that would be a logical assumption. On the other hand, his college experience makes him a good choice for a team that will be relying on youth for the next couple of years.

Oklahoma City Thunder Schedule in 2019-20

Once the Oklahoma City Thunder season schedule is out, you will find it here. We will not only list the dates of each game but also highlight the moments of the 2019-20 season in which there might be some streaks that should be considered when betting on the Thunder.

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Oklahoma City Thunder Overview and Key Info

The Oklahoma City Thunder franchise began in Seattle as the Seattle SuperSonics from 1967 to 1998 before an ownership change prompted the relocation.

While the team has won 11 division titles and four conference titles, their only NBA championship was earned under the SuperSonics name in 1979 with head coach Lenny Wilkens. That season, the SuperSonics had a chance at redemption facing the Washington Bullets in the finals after losing to them the previous year. Seattle won in a 4-1 series and didn’t make another finals appearance until 1996.

As the Thunder, the team has made eight playoff appearances in ten seasons. In 2012, coach Scott Brooks and players like Kevin Durant and James Harden led Oklahoma City to their fourth conference title and a chance at the championship. The Thunder ended up losing to the Miami Heat 4-1 and have yet to win an NBA championship in Oklahoma.

Under current coach Billy Donovan, the Thunder have been in the postseason each of the four years of his tenure.

OKC Thunder – Key Info
Established
1967
Current Team Location
In Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, since 2008
Division
Western Conference – Northwest
Arena
Chesapeake Energy Arena
G League Team
Oklahoma City Blue
Website
www.nba.com/thunder
Team Value (Forbes 2018)
$1.25 billion

Oklahoma City Thunder History

While the Oklahoma City Thunder have only been in Oklahoma since 2008, the franchise dates back to 1967.

Seattle SuperSonics

The team began in Seattle as the Seattle SuperSonics. They were admitted to the NBA as an expansion team and had their first official season in 1967-68. Like many new teams, the SuperSonics had a rocky start with no playoffs action until 1975 and only one winning record in their first seven seasons with a 47-35 finish in 1972.

Playoffs

When head coach Lenny Wilkens returned for his second stint in 1977, the SuperSonics hit their stride. The 1977-78 season resulted in the team’s first NBA finals. While they ultimately lost to the Washington Bullets in a 4-3 series, they had a second chance in 1979. For the second year in a row, the SuperSonics faced the Washington Bullets in the finals, and the team from Seattle evened the score. This time, the SuperSonics won in a 4-1 series and became the 1978-79 NBA champions.

The third and last trip to the finals as the Seattle SuperSonics was in 1996 under head coach George Karl and led by Defensive Player of the Year Gary Payton. The series was a 4-2 loss against the Chicago Bulls. The SuperSonics were Seattle’s team for 41 seasons and ended their stay on the West Coast with a winning 1745-1585 record.

Moving to the Midwest

In 2008, the SuperSonics owner and former CEO of Starbucks, Howard Schultz, sold the franchise to an investment group known as Professional Basketball Club LLC out of Oklahoma City. The SuperSonics packed their bags and headed to the Midwest to take up residence at the Ford Center, where they were renamed as the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Since becoming the Thunder, the team has only missed two post-season appearances, in 2009 and 2015. In 2012, they won their fourth conference title and first in Oklahoma City. They were defeated in the NBA finals, though, losing 4-1 to the Miami Heat.

Durant and Westbrook

The Thunder has produced two NBA MVPs with Kevin Durant in 2014 and Russell Westbrook in 2017. Durant and Westbrook frequently appear on the franchise leaderboard. Durant is a four-time NBA scoring champion, and Westbrook is at two. Both Durant and Westbrook were NBA All-Rookie First Team, and both have been named to the All-Star Team multiple times.

Over the years, the SuperSonics and Thunder have retired six player numbers. Player and coach Lenny Wilkens was the first in 1979. Other honorees include Gus Williams, Nate McMillan, Spencer Haywood, Fred Brown, and Jack Sikma.

Championships and Playoffs

  • 1 NBA Championship: 1979
  • 4 Conference Titles: 2012, 1996, 1979, 1978
  • 11 Division Titles: 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2005, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1994, 1979

OKC Thunder Home Court – Chesapeake Energy Arena

  • Inaugurated: 2002
  • Renovated: 2008
  • Capacity: 18,203
  • Former Names: Ford Center, Oklahoma City Arena

The Oklahoma City Thunder isn’t the first NBA team to call the Chesapeake Energy Arena home. The venue, formerly known as the Ford Center, housed the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets from 2005-2007 after Hurricane Katrina damaged the New Orleans Arena. For the Hornets’ time in Oklahoma, they added the Oklahoma City designation to their name.

When the SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City in 2008 to become the Thunder, they became the new tenants and have remained ever since.

The arena is located in downtown Oklahoma City and offers three seating levels with more than 3,000 club seats as well as 49 private and seven party suites. Chesapeake Energy Arena is also used for concerts, wrestling, bull riding, and other special events.

  • Venue Address: Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
  • Mailing Address: Oklahoma City Thunder, 208 Thunder Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
  • Phone: 405-208-4800

Oklahoma City Thunder Head Coaches

Starting with Al Bianchi and the Seattle SuperSonics, there have been 17 head coaches in the Thunder’s franchise history.

Inaugural coach Al Bianchi had the additional challenge of coaching a brand-new team and posted a 53-111 record in two seasons from 1967-69.

Lenny Wilkens

Bianchi was followed by Lenny Wilkens, who served two different terms as head coach. His first was 1969-72 as player-coach. Then, from 1977-1985, Wilkens was solely dedicated to his coaching position and is the only coach in the organization to have an NBA championship to his credit.

Wilkens is also the only Thunder franchise Hall of Fame coach and is on the list of the top ten coaches in NBA history.

Scott Brooks

When it comes to winning percentage, Scott Brooks takes the lead position. Brooks was in Oklahoma City from 2008-2015 and recorded a 338-207 for a .620 winning percentage. He was named the 2009-10 NBA Coach of the Year and led the Thunder to five consecutive playoff seasons.

Last 10 Oklahoma City Thunder Head Coaches
#YearsNameW-L%Playoffs%Championships
172015 – Billy Donovan199-129.60715-19.441
162008-15Scott Brooks338-207.62039-34.534
15b2008P.J. Carlesimo1-12.077X-X
15a2007-08P.J. Carlesimo20-62.244X-X
142006-07Bob Hill53-81.396X-X
132005Bob Weiss13-17.433X-X
122000-05Nate McMillan212-183.5378-8.500
111998-2000Paul Westphal76-71.5172-3.400
101991-98George Karl384-150.71940-40.500
91991Bob Kloppenburg2-2.500X-X

Billy Donovan

Second to Scott Brooks’ .620 is the current head coach, Billy Donovan. Donovan assumed the position in 2015 and has a 150-96 win-loss for a .607 winning percentage. During his tenure with the Thunder, the team has had four winning seasons and made the playoffs each of them as well.

Donovan had a brief NBA playing career from 1987-1989 with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Rapid City Thrillers. While the Thunder’s head coaching job isn’t his first overall, it’s his first in the NBA. Billy Donovan had been the head coach of the Florida Gators since 1996 before taking over for Scott Brooks with the Thunder.

Oklahoma City Thunder Last Five Seasons

SeasonCoachFinishW-L%PlayoffsPoints Leader (avg/game)
2018-19Billy Donovan4th 49-33.598Lost First RoundPaul George (28)
2017-18Billy Donovan2nd48-34.585Lost First RoundRussell Westbrook (25.4)
2016-17Billy Donovan2nd 47-35.573Lost First RoundRussell Westbrook (31.6)
2015-16Billy Donovan1st 55-27.671Lost Conf. SemifinalsKevin Durant (28.2)
2014-15Scott Brooks2nd 45-37.549Russell Westbrook (28.1)

Oklahoma City Thunder All-Time Career Leaders

CategoryNameStatsYears
PointsGary Payton18,2071990-2003
Average Pts/GameKevin Durant27.402007-2016
AssistsGary Payton7,3841990-2003
ReboundsJack Sikma7,7291977-1986

Gary Payton

Many consider Gary Payton to be one of the best point guards in NBA history. Payton was the second overall pick in the 1990 NBA draft by the Seattle SuperSonics and played in Seattle for 13 seasons from 1990-2003. He was previously a 1990 Consensus First-Team All-American and Pac-10 Player of the Year at Oregon State University.

In the NBA, Gary was named All-Rookie Second Team in 1991 and the Defensive Player of the Year in 1996. He’s a nine-time All-Star, nine-time All-Defensive First Team, and twice-named All-NBA First Team. Payton holds the Thunder franchise’s all-time career records for scoring (18,207) and assists (7,384). He was also the NBA’s assists leader with 732 in 1999-2000. Payton has been included on six Sports Illustrated covers. He is loyal to his Seattle NBA roots and is working to bring an NBA team back to the area.

Kevin Durant

Before starting his NBA career, Kevin Durant spent one year playing for the Texas Longhorns at the University of Texas and was the first freshman to win the national player of the year award. He was the SuperSonics’ first-round (second overall) pick in the 2007 draft and played for Seattle from 2007-2016.

In 2008, Durant was the NBA Rookie of the Year and Rookie Challenge MVP in 2009. He’s the Thunder franchise’s leader in average points per game with 27.40 and the NBA’s scoring champion four times. In 2013, Kevin joined the 50-40-90 club. He’s a six-time All-NBA first-teamer and nine-time All-Star. In 2016, Durant became a free agent and signed with the Golden State Warriors in time for their back-to-back championships in 2017 and 2018.

Jack Sikma

Jack Sikma played nine seasons with the Seattle SuperSonics, including the 1979 championship season. Sikma was the 8th overall pick in the 1977 NBA draft by Seattle. He had played college ball at Illinois Wesleyan where he was First-Team Division III All-American in 1977. In his rookie NBA season, he was named to the All-Rookie First Team.

In addition to being the Thunder franchise’s all-time career rebounds leader with 7,729, he was the league’s defensive rebounds leader in 1981-82 and 1983-84. Sikma was a seven-time All-Star every year from 1979-85. He played five seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks before retiring as a center/power forward in 1991 and starting a coaching career back with the SuperSonics in 2003. His number 43 has been retired by the SuperSonics/Thunder franchise.

Thunder Trivia

Rumble the Bison made his first appearance as the Thunder’s new mascot in 2009 and was the winner of the 2009 NBA Mascot of the Year.

Even though Lenny Wilkens was behind the SuperSonics championship win in 1979, Scott Brooks is the only NBA Coach of the Year award recipient.

Billy Donovan’s head coaching position with the Thunder is his first coaching job in the NBA, and from 2015-2018, he compiled a winning record of 150-96 with 14-15 in playoff games.

“Thunder Up!” is the fans’ slogan that became popular during the 2012 playoffs.

The Thunder is Oklahoma’s only major-level professional sports team.