The dangerous Oklahoma City Thunder will look to both, extract some revenge – and overcome the heartbreak they endured – after losing to the Golden State Warriors 121-118 in overtime on Sunday. While Kevin Durant and the Thunder want to send a message to the defending champions, Golden State will come into this prime time affair looking to keep their perfect home record this season intact. Now, let’s find out who’s going to win this pro basketball betting contest and whether we’re in for another ‘instant classic’ like the last game these two played against one another.
How to Bet the OKC Thunder vs. GS Warriors NBA Odds & TV Info
Why Bet the Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City (42-18 SU, 24-35-1 ATS) looks like a great bet to hand Golden State their first home loss this season because they’re angry and have two guys named Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The Thunder bounced back from their crushing loss against the Warriors to pound Sacramento 131-116 on Tuesday to cash in as an 8.5-point road favorite.
Kevin Durant scored a team-high 27 points and Russell Westbrook had a triple-double with 20 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists to lead the Thunder to victory. The win snapped a two-game skid for Oklahoma City, which has lost four of its previous five. “It’s been an up-and-down roller coaster the last couple of weeks, so it was nice to chill and coast to a victory,” said Durant, who had 10 rebounds, six assists and two steals.
Why Bet the Golden State Warriors
The Warriors (54-5 SU, 33-24-2 ATS) look like a great bet because they’re playing at home and have already demoralized the Thunder – twice. Golden State has won six straight games including its thrilling 109-105 overtime win against Atlanta, despite failing to cover the spread as a 5.5-point home favorite on Tuesday night.
Even with Steph Curry out, Golden State would no be denied against the Hawks as Klay Thompson scored a team-high 26 points. “I’m so proud of everyone in this room who competed and contributed,” Thompson said after the game. Emotional team leader Draymond Green just missed out on recording a triple-double by tallying 15 points, 13 rebounds, nine assists, four steals and one blocked shot.
“I’ve always been a competitor, been an intense player, because when you love something you’re intense about it,” Green said after Tuesday’s game. “I hate losing, so I’m [going to] try and give everything I possibly can not to lose. And I love playing basketball.”
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
While I’m expecting the Oklahoma City Thunder to throw everything they have at Golden State in this contest in an effort to deliver a postseason message, but I just don’t see OKC getting the win – unless Steph Curry sits this one out after resting against his banged-up ankle the Hawks. The Thunder are just 3-10 ATS in their last 13 road games and an uninspiring 0-3-1 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning SU record.
Golden State, on the other hand, is 4-1 ATS in their last five home games against a team with a winning road record while the Home team in this suddenly exciting rivalry is a near-perfect 6-0-1 ATS in the last seven meetings overall. If the spread gets a bit too high, like, let’s say five or six points, I believe the Thunder are the right pick to at least cover the spread, seeing as how Golden State is just 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 games playing on 1 day’s rest and just 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine games overall.
My final score prediction: Golden State 112 Oklahoma City 109