Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors - 5/28/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Golden State Warriors (82-14) at Oklahoma City Thunder (66-31)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -2 -- Over/Under: 221 See the Latest Odds
The Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder duke it out in Game 6 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday.
The Warriors were able to stave off elimination in Game 5 with a hard-fought 120-111 win over the Thunder at home on Thursday night. Stephen Curry led the charge with a team-high 31 points to go along with seven rebounds, six assists and five steals while Klay Thompson added 27 points but this game was won on the defensive end as the Warriors did a great job of forcing the Thunder into 17 turnovers and 42.9 percent shooting from the field. For just the second time in this series, the Warriors really looked like themselves, maybe not in terms of their three-point shooting as they connected on just nine of 24 from behind the arc, but there was just one hustle play after another which had the home crowd screaming from start to finish. Golden State still need to win the final two games of the series to make it to the NBA Finals, but they certainly regained some of the momentum back from the Thunder.
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Speaking of the Thunder, Kevin Durant led all scorers with 40 points while Russell Westbrook added 31 points, but it was a rough night for both of them as they combined to shoot 23 of 59 from the field while committing a total of 10 turnovers between them. Serge Ibaka nailed a trio of threes to finish with 13 points while Anthony Morrow scored a rapid-fire 10 points in just seven minutes off the bench, but the Thunder needed much more from their bench, especially Dion Waiters who finished scoreless after 27 minutes of action.
In ATS trends, the Warriors are 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven Saturday games and 0-4 ATS in their last four games following a win, while the Thunder are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall.
Head to head, the Warriors are 0-5-1 ATS in the last six meetings in Oklahoma City and the home team is 15-5-1 ATS in the last 21 meetings overall.
The Warriors did a great job of grinding out a win to extend the series to another game, but I don't think we're going to see a Game 7 in this series. The Thunder were utterly dominant in their last two games at home against the Warriors, so while I'm expecting a close contest, I have the Thunder coming away with the narrow win on Saturday.