Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 12/18/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder (12-13) at Golden State Warriors (21-3)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 10:30 pm (Oracle Arena)
The Line: Golden State Warriors -3 -- Over/Under: 210 See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder travel to the ORACLE Arena to take on the Golden State Warriors tonight.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have been on an absolute tear lately, winning nine of their last 10 and now playing for an eighth straight win after taking down the Kings by 104-92 on Tuesday. Serge Ibaka hosted a block party with a season-high seven blocks while Russell Westbrook continued his hot form with a game-high 32 points, but the biggest positive from the win came from Kevin Durant who scored 26 points while taking a season-high 25 shot attempts. This Thunder team looks like they're already in mid-season form which is scary because Durant has yet to fully find his range.
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Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors looked invincible during their 16-game win streak, but that music stopped on Tuesday in a 105-98 loss to the Grizzlies. Klay Thompson led the scoring with four threes en route to 22 points while Stephen Curry added 19 points and six assists, but while the Warriors started the game well, the Grizzlies flipped the game on its head when they kicked off the second quarter with a 20-0 run. The Warriors would claw their way back to keep it close in the last quarter, but with a little help from the referees, the Grizzlies were just good enough to close out the game in the end.
In ATS trends, the Thunder are 5-0 ATS in their last five games overall and 7-1 ATS in their last eight against a team with a winning record, while the Warriors are 4-1 ATS in their last five games at home and 34-15-2 ATS in their last 51 games following a loss.
Head to head, the Thunder are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall and 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Golden State.
It would come as no surprise to me or anyone if the Warriors jumped back into the winner's circle with a win tonight, but I have to say that this Thunder team looks to be on an absolute roll now that they're finally healthy again. It seems somewhat unthinkable that the Warriors could lose two in a row after winning 16 straight, but I actually think the Thunder will come out on top in this one.