Thunder at Warriors Game 1 - 5/16/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder (63-30) at Golden State Warriors (81-11)
NBA Basketball: Monday, May 16, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Oracle Arena)
The Line: Golden State Warriors -7.5 -- Over/Under: 223.5 See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors meet Monday night for game one of the Western Conference Finals at the Oracle Arena.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are coming off an impressive six-game series against the San Antonio Spurs. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 105.9 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 97.9 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 27.4 points and 6.5 rebounds while Russell Westbrook is averaging 25.5 points and 10.8 assists. Serge Ibaka is grabbing 5.3 rebounds and Dion Waiters is dishing two assists. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 79.7 percent from the free throw line. The Thunder are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.2 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have split their last 12 road games.
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The Golden State Warriors are coming off a competitive five-game series against the Portland Trail Blazers. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 114.3 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 102.7 points on 40.6 percent shooting. Klay Thompson is averaging 27.2 points and 3.6 rebounds while Stephen Curry is averaging 24.8 points and 6.5 assists. Draymond Green is grabbing 10.4 rebounds and Shaun Livingston is dishing 4.6 assists. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 40.7 percent from beyond the arc and 74.3 percent from the free throw line. The Warriors are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.6 rebounds per game. The Golden State Warriors have lost just two home games all season long.
I was one of a few people who had the Thunder beating the Spurs in a seven-game series, and I think they can do it again here. The Thunder are currently playing their best ball of the season and have played with the Warriors all season. In fact, OKC probably should have won one or two of those games. This series is going to feature a ton of points and a lot of these games are going to come down to the wire.
The points will come in handy.