Thunder vs Warriors: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
Thursday, November 22nd, 2018, 14:30
Is it time to hit the panic button in Golden State? The Warriors have endured a three game losing streak, and dropped four out of their past five contests since the Durant/Green on court meltdown.
We are in the midst of unprecedented times in Oakland, CA. The Warriors keep trying to tell you there is nothing to worry about internally, but their play on the court says differently. In Golden State’s past three games, all losses, they rank second to last in points per game (with 95.7 points), while shooting under 40% from beyond the arc, and under 34% from the field. Golden State did do all this without former MVP Steph Curry in the lineup, but there may be a glimpse of hope on the horizon of sunny California. Curry was seen taking shots during shootaround on Tuesday, with Coach Kerr stating he hopes Curry could return in the “not so distant future”
After a rough start to begin the season, in which Thunder fans saw their team go 0-4, OKC has gotten the ball rolling, winning 10 out of their past 12 games. Russell Westbrook returned to the lineup on Monday night after missing six games with injury, and won’t be on any minute restrictions come Wednesday in Oakland. OKC was able to keep their winning ways despite Westbrook’s injury, thanks to the stellar play of Dennis Schroder. Schroder is averaging 16 ppg and nearly six assists per game.
Ultimately, it comes down to if Curry can suit up and play on Wednesday night. If he does, can he do so without any limitations? This matchup is always a huge motivator for Kevin Durant’s former teammate Russell Westbrook. A triple-double shouldn’t be out of the question for the former league MVP. Steven Adams and his 15 and 10 self should control the paint easily vs. the undersized Warrior frontcourt. The trio of Westbrook, Schroder and Paul George may be too much firepower for a struggling Warriors team with a likely hobbled Steph Curry (at best) to keep pace with.
Score prediction: Thunder win 111-109
- Oklahoma City Thunder at Golden State Warriors: Take Thunder
Oklahoma City has won 10 out of their past 12 games, they have Russell Westbrook back at 100% and he gets to face off against his nemesis, KD. Golden State is currently enduring a three game losing streak, where they have statistically ranked as one of the worst teams in the league. Golden State is unaware if Curry will be good to go come tipoff on Wednesday night. The Warriors have struggled mightily to replace Curry’s production as a ball-handler, as no guard has registered more than four assist in any of the past three games without Curry on the court.
- Over/Under 225.5 points: Take the UNDER
You would normally expect the Warriors to put up points, but recently it’s been the complete opposite. Golden State ranks 29th out of 30 teams in the NBA in scoring over the past three games. Oklahoma City is one of the better defenses in the league, surrendering the 6th fewest points per game on the season.
Head to Head
These two teams have faced off a whopping 248 times in the regular season, with the Thunder holding a prominent 137-111 lead over the Warriors. Golden State holds the slight edge over the past five meetings, going 3-2 over that span. Including a 108-100 victory on opening night of this season.
- Oklahoma City is 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Oklahoma City is 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Oklahoma City’s past 16 games vs. a team with a winning SU record.
- Golden State is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games.
- Golden State is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Golden State’s past 5 home games.