Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 11/14/13
Oklahoma City Thunder (5-1) at Golden State Warriors (5-3)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 10:30 pm (Oracle Arena)
The Line: Golden State Warriors -2.5 -- Over/Under: 209.5 See the Latest Odds
The Golden State Warriors will do well to stay undefeated at home tonight as they welcome a tough challenge in the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Thunder were riding a four-game win streak into last night's game against the Clippers but their momentum hit a brick wall when they blew a nine-point halftime lead and lost by 111-103. Kevin Durant scored 33 points and 10 assists, while Russell Westbrook added 19 points and 10 assists but this game was all about an altercation with Serge Ibaka and Blake Griffin which resulted in the ejections of Ibaka and Matt Barnes in the second quarter. The Thunder would start the second half flat and found themselves playing from behind for the rest of the game. With Kendrick Perkins missing, Ibaka ejected and Nick Collison battling foul trouble, the Thunder struggled in the paint which resulted in a 50-35 disadvantage on the boards. Perkins is expected to miss tonight's game as well due to the death of his grandmother.
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Meanwhile, the Warriors looked to be struggling with back to back losses against the Spurs and the Grizzlies, but they turned it around in a flash against the Pistons on Tuesday with a 113-95 win. Stephen Curry led the team with 25 points, while David Lee and Jermaine O'Neal added 17 points apiece but this game was over before the second quarter as the Warriors jumped out to a 35-16 points and never looked back. A win over the Pistons is hardly anything to write home about, but the win keeps the Warriors undefeated at home and elevates them to 5-3 on the season overall.
In ATS trends, the Thunder are 1-5 ATS in their last six road games and 0-5 ATS in their last five games following a loss, while the Warriors are 9-3 ATS in the last 12 games following a win and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 home games.
Head to head, the Thunder are 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings but the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall.
The Thunder looked well on their way to a fifth straight victory last night before some unsportsmanlike conduct changed the tide of the game and ruined their momentum, but they've dominated the Warriors in recent meetings and will like their chances to get back into the winner's circle. However, playing on the second night of a back to back might just be enough of an edge for the Warriors to take this game in front of their home crowd. I'm taking the Warriors to win and cover this one.