Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 5/18/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder (64-30) at Golden State Warriors (81-12)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Oracle Arena)
The Line: Golden State Warriors -8.5 -- Over/Under: 221.5 See the Latest Odds
The Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder do battle in Game 2 at the Oracle Arena on Wednesday night.
The Thunder will be absolutely delighted with their 108-102 Game 1 win against the Warriors on Monday night. It was a rough shooting night for Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook as they combined to shoot 17 of 51 from the field, but the Thunder showed great toughness to hang around even when their superstars were misfiring in the second half. In fact, the rest of the Thunder team combined to shoot a healthy 57.9 percent from the field with Steven Adams leading the supporting cast with 16 points which really allowed the Thunder to hang around despite turning the ball over nine times in the first half which put them into a 13-point deficit going into halftime. Westbrook came to the party in the third quarter and erupted for 19 points to finish with 27 points, 12 rebounds and seven steals for the game while Kevin Durant was right behind him with 26 points and 10 rebounds of his own.
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As for the Warriors, Stephen Curry led the team with 26 points, a playoff career-high 10 rebounds and seven assists but he had seven turnovers, while Klay Thompson and Draymond Green added 25 and 23 points respectively, but it still wasn't enough as the Warriors went absolutely ice-cold in the second half, especially in the fourth quarter where the Warriors connected on just one of 10 three-point attempts. Credit some of those misses to great defense from the Thunder, but the Warriors really lost their composure and just missed a lot of open shots that they usually make.
In ATS trends, the Thunder are 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall, while the Warriors are 7-2 ATS in their last nine home games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
Head to head, the Thunder are 2-4-1 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in Golden State.
The Thunder kicked off the Western Conference Finals with an impressive win in Game 1 but the Warriors haven't lost back to back games all season and I don't see that happening just yet. I think the Warriors bounce back and level the series at 1-1 but this just seems like too many points to be giving the Thunder after what we saw on Monday night.