Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors - 1/16/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Golden State Warriors (31-5) at Oklahoma City Thunder (18-20)
NBA Basketball: Friday, January 16, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -1 -- Over/Under: 214.5 See the Latest Odds
The Golden State Warriors travel to the Chesapeake Arena to battle the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight.
The Golden State Warriors have now won their last eight straight by double digits after cruising past the Heat by 104-89 on Wednesday. Stephen Curry led made seven three-pointers en route to a game-high 32 points while Klay Thompson added 19 points as the Warriors jumped all over the Heat in the first half before coasting in the second half. The Heat were never going to trouble the Warriors much in this game, especially with Dwyane Wade sitting out with a hamstring injury, but the win just adds to the Warriors' league-best 31-5 overall record.
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Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder have lost three of their last four overall and were thoroughly disappointing in last night's 112-101 loss at Houston. Kevin Durant had 24 points on 8 of 12 shooting while Russell Westbrook, Reggie Jackson and Dion Waiters added 16 points each, but the Thunder were always running uphill after allowing a season-worst 40 points in the first quarter. Coming off a much needed five-day break, I expected the Thunder to come out sharp or at least with plenty of intensity but they allowed the Rockets too many easy buckets and just couldn't stop the threes once it started raining. With the loss, Oklahoma City drops to 18-20 on the season and 7-13 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Warriors are 24-7-1 ATS in their last 32 games following a win and 1-4 ATS in their last five road games, while the Thunder are 1-3-1 ATS in the last five games following a loss of more than 10 points and 1-4-1 ATS in their last six home games.
Head to head, the Warriors are 4-9 ATS in the last 13 meetings overall and just 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings in Oklahoma City.
The Thunder were just flat out disappointing in what should have been a blockbuster game last night and I don't see how they can turn their fortunes around in such a short turnaround, especially after getting thrashed by the Warriors by 117-91 back on Jan. 5. Sure, this marquee matchup might just be what ignites the Thunder's season, but there's no way I'm betting against the Warriors until I see some consistency from the Thunder.