Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors - 11/23/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Golden State Warriors (9-2) at Oklahoma City Thunder (3-11)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder +7.5 -- Over/Under: 194 See the Latest Odds
TV: NBA TV, CSBy, FSOK
The Golden State Warriors look to continue rolling at the expense of the injury-riddle Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
The Golden State Warriors are 9-2 to start the year and own an impressive 4-1 mark on the road which includes quality wins over the Kings, Blazers and Rockets. First-year head coach Steve Kerr was given the reigns of a playoff-caliber team and hasn’t don’t anything as of yet to compromise that as the Warriors are shooting 50% as a team on the year to overwhelm opponents. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are each averaging 23 points per game and a combined six three pointers made per game in one of the best shooting backcourts in the league. The Warriors are actually a pretty strong defensive team as well with center Andrew Bogut healthy; the seven foot Australian is averaging ten rebounds per game in addition to 1.7 blocks per game. This year’s team is less reliant on Andre Iguodala who has been relegated to a bench role and David Lee has been out with a hamstring injury, but Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes appear to be thriving with increased minutes as the Warriors have found success thus far with their young roster.
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The Oklahoma City Thunder are in danger of falling off the map completely at 3-11 on the year in a loaded Western conference. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook being out of action has predictably crippled the team, and with the performance thus far don’t expect any rush to return or log heavy minutes for either player. The Thunder rank 29th in the league while scoring just 90 points per game, but even their seventh ranked defense that gives up just 95 points on the other end can’t compensate for such a glaring deficiency. The Thunder have lost five games in a row entering this contest, and only five players on the 13-man roster have played in every game this season. Serge Ibaka and Reggie Jackson are both playing well, but the Thunder really need someone like Anthony Morrow to start contributing more offensively to stay competitive.
The Thunder will certainly be up for this game and really I don’t think lack of effort has been an issue, but matching the scoring of a team like the Warriors is a daunting task that a weak scoring team like OKC simply won’t be up for. Parlay the Warriors on the moneyline with confidence on your Sunday card and lay the spread as well.