Oklahoma City Thunder
Basketball fans all over Oklahoma City are close followers of the sport. It’s because of this passionate fan base that the Thunders have developed into one of the most followed National Basketball Association (NBA) teams.
In this article, we’ll take a look at how to use the Oklahoma City Thunder team schedule to plan your betting strategies. With the NBA season being played over several months, you must have a good understanding of the team Thunder will play against, and bet accordingly.
The home and away schedules play a big role in determining the odds on all Thunder games. At the same time, recent player stats and records against the teams they are playing are equally important. Being aware of all these factors ensures that you can get maximum profits from exciting bets.
That’s why we’ll be covering Oklahoma City Thunder’s statistics over the last few NBA seasons, as well as who their rivals and notable players are. Once you have a good understanding of these details, we’ll get into betting on Oklahoma City Thunder games using betting types best for basketball. Read on to find out more.
History of Oklahoma City Thunder
It’s always a good idea to get a brief history of a team in order to understand what motivates it to perform as it does. Such insights are important for anyone serious about betting on NBA games, especially when you have an eye on a specific team. Below, we’ll take a look at where the Oklahoma City Thunder started, and how they’ve performed during the preseason and regular season over the years.
Same team different name
Oklahoma City Thunder came into existence in 2008, but before that, there was the Seattle SuperSonics. Between the time they were first established in 1967 and leaving the state in 2008, the Sonics won several titles. These included an NBA championship title in 1979 and three Western Conference championships. They also made it to the playoffs of the NBA 22 times.
In 2006, the Basketball Club of Seattle sold the Thunder and the Seattle Storm (its sister franchise) for $350 million to the Professional Basketball Club LLC, which was headed by Oklahoma City businessman Clay Bennett. The Professional Basketball Club is a group of Oklahoma City investors, and so, in 2007, it was announced that the team would be moving to the “Big Friendly”.
When the Sonics left Seattle, negotiations allowed the city to retain all naming rights and titles that the team won. Once resolved, the team moved to Oklahoma and the Oklahoma City Thunder professional basketball team was born in 2008.
Enter Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder plays in the NBA’s Western Conference and hosts its home games at the Paycom Center. Since 2008, the Thunder has worked on rebuilding the team with a new fan base in a new state. Star players such as Kevin Durant and Russel Westbrook were the backbone of the team during their first few seasons.
Since the move from Seattle to Oklahoma, the team has been quite successful in terms of the operational side of things. The Thunder was worth $300 million in 2008 according to Forbes magazine. By 2021, the franchise was worth $1.63 billion.
Oklahoma City Thunder Statistics
As mentioned earlier, the Thunders have had several successes, including when they were playing as the Seattle SuperSonics. The team only won one NBA Final game, though. In summary, between 1967 and 2008, the Sonics:
- Advanced to the playoffs of the NBA 22 times
- Got the division title 6 times
- Made it to the Finals of the NBA three times
- Won the 1979 NBA Championship
Since moving to Oklahoma, and becoming the Thunders, the team has been etching a new story for itself. It qualified for its first playoff in the 2009-10 season of the NBA, then won its first division title in the 2010-11 season. To build on to this success, the 2011-12 season saw the Thunder win its first Western Conference championship and make it to the NBA finals.
Thunder’s all-time records
The Thunders’ performances over the last few seasons have been inconsistent. But, it’s safe to say that their stats do tell an impressive story. The Thunder’s all-time records stand as:
Seattle SuperSonics regular season record (1967–2008)
- 1,743 wins
- 1,587 losses
- .523 win %
Oklahoma City Thunder regular season record (2008–present)
- 604 wins
- 426 losses
- .586 win %
All-time regular season record
- 2,375 wins
- 2,072 losses
- .534 win %
Seattle SuperSonics’ post-season record (1967–2008)
- 107 wins
- 110 losses
- .493 win %
Oklahoma City Thunder post-season record (2008–present)
- 57 wins
- 57 losses
- .500 win %
All-time post-season record
- 164 wins
- 167 losses
- .495 win %
All-time regular and post-season record
- 2,511 wins
- 2,180 losses
- .535 win %
Oklahoma City Thunder Rivalries
Every NBA team has arch-rivals that make every game between them extra fierce. You’ll be guaranteed a supercharged atmosphere, and games between the Thunder and their rivals are no different. Some of the most notable rivalries are:
The Memphis Grizzlies, are also quite a young team on the way up. Therefore, when the two teams play against each other, the energy on the court is palpable. Both teams are determined to outdo each other and earn bragging rights.
The trash talk between the players of the Mavericks and the Thunder is well-known. This then spills onto the court, resulting in very intense games.
Every time the Jazz and the Thunder play, it’s a close game. This has led to a rivalry where the players and the fans never know how the game will end. But they do all know that it’ll be a tough one to win.
Oklahoma City thunder’s Notable Players
How a team performs is important and this is heavily influenced by individual players. A team might have a star player who motivates the rest of the team to play well. For the Thunder to bag as many wins as they have, it has relied on several notable players. Some Thunder players who have made an impact are:
Having started his pro basketball career with the Sonics in 2007, then the Thunder in 2008, Kevin Durant is one of the most recognizable names on the team. Between 2007 and 2016, the forward has been a valuable team member, winning numerous awards and accolades along the way. He was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2008, played in the NBA All-Star game in 2012 and 2019, and was an NBA scoring champion 4 times.
Voted NBA Most Valuable Player in 2017, Russell Westbrooks injected a wealth of talent into the Thunder. The point guard was a regular face on the court for the Thunder between 2008 and 2019. He also won the NBA All-Rookie First Team and participated in the NBA All-Star Game 8 times between 2011 and 2019.
Drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 2008 NBA Draft, the Congolese player had an impressive run with the Thunder. The power forward and center player played at Oklahoma City from 2009 to 2016 (with a short stint in Spain in 2011). Ibaka was the NBA blocks leader twin in 2012 and 2013, as well as the NBA All-Defensive First Team 3 times between 2012 and 2014.
How to bet on Oklahoma City Thunder with BetDSI: NBA Betting Lines And Odds
Now that you have a good understanding of the Oklahoma City Thunder as a team, it’s time to look into betting on their games. Other than looking at the NBA schedule, you also need to understand NBA betting lines and odds to maximize your wager winnings.
You’re most likely to see moneyline odds for an NBA game. These are presented with a plus sign to represent the underdogs or a minus sign to represent the favorites to win the game. So, if the Thunder is playing the Los Angeles Lakers, you might see this:
- Lakers (-110)
- Thunder (+110)
This means that BetDSI makes the Lakers favorites to win and the Thunder the underdogs. What makes such odds exciting is that you’ll win more if you bet on the underdogs. If you wager $100 on the Lakers, you’ll win $90, but if you bet $100 on the Thunder, you’ll make a profit of $110.
What are the minimum and maximum wagers allowed?
There are two ways to place a bet with BetDSI. One is over the phone and the other is via our online platform. When you wager over the phone, the minimum bet is $500 and the maximum is $20,000.
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You’ll need to create an account with BetDSA first. Once done, add funds to your account. From there, you’re free to browse NBA games currently in play or upcoming and place your bets.
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NBA Betting Types
If you’re new to NBA betting, consider moneyline bets on upcoming games. All you have to do is pick which team you think will win. Another easy bet type is a totals bet, which requires you to predict if the total score of the bet will be over or under the number given by the sportsbook.
More experienced NBA bettors and keen followers of the Thunder can consider parlay, futures, and prop bets. Here are more tips on NBA betting.
When you place a bet on the eventual outcome of a season or tournament it is called a futures bet. This means that, if you believe the Thunder will win the NBA Championship this season, then you can place an NBA futures bet on them. This type of bet is very popular because the odds are quite long, and so, profits can be quite high.
Futures are presented as moneyline odds. Because of the long odds, you’re more likely to see that they all have a + sign next to the number. A team most likely to win the NBA Championship may have moneyline odds of +550. However, a team least likely to win can have odds of up to +60000.
NBA Game And Player Props
A prop is one of the most exciting betting types. These are bets on a specific event happening during a game. You can place a player prop bet which means you believe a specific Thunder player will do something during the game. An example could be that Kevin Durant will score in the third quarter. You can also place props on something happening during the game such as the number of rebounds in the second quarter.
As an example, totals odds can be presented for a player prop bet. This total could be that they’ll score over or under 20 points during the first quarter of the game.
For those with more experience with online sports betting, parlays are a great way to add a bit more excitement. With an NBA parlay, you’re putting two or more wages under one bet. So, as an example, if you bet that the Thunder will score 20 points in the last quarter, but also that there’ll be 3 fouls in that same quarter under one bet, that’s a parlay. The tricky thing about this bet type is that you need to correctly predict all the wagers. If one is wrong, the whole bet is lost.
You can use a combination of different bet types to build a parlay. For example, if the Thunder is playing the Lakers, you could bet on a combination of:
- Points spread: Oklahoma City @ Los Angeles (-1.0 @ -110)
- Over/Under for total game score: Oklahoma City @ Los Angeles Over 150.0 (-110)
- Over/Under player prop: Isaiah Joe Under 26.5 points (-120)
By winning all the above bets, you win the wager.
NBA Live Betting
One of the most popular wagers to place on a basketball game are live bets (also known as in-play bets). These are bets you place after the game has started. So, the odds are continuously changing. BetDSI’s live betting allows you to place a wager on a current game during a short break such as a timeout and place prop bets on a player, totals, and moneylines as described earlier.