Thunder at Warriors Game 2 - 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 -- Over/Under: 221.5 See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors meet for game two of the Western Conference Finals at the Oracle Arena.
The Oklahoma City Thunder can take full control of this series by stealing another road game and going up 2-0. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 106.1 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 98.3 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 27.3 points and 6.8 rebounds while Russell Westbrook is averaging 25.7 points and 10.9 assists. Serge Ibaka is grabbing 5.8 rebounds and Dion Waiters is dishing 2.2 assists. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 78.6 percent from the free throw line. The Thunder are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.7 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have won 10 of their last 16 road games.
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The Golden State Warriors need a victory here in order to have a real shot of winning this series. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 113.2 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 103.2 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Klay Thompson is averaging 27 points and 4.1 rebounds while Stephen Curry is averaging 25 points and 6.6 assists. Draymond Green is grabbing 9.9 rebounds and Shaun Livingston is dishing 4.3 assists. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 40.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.7 percent from the free throw line. The Warriors are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.5 rebounds per game. The Golden State Warriors have lost just three home games all season long.
The Thunder are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Warriors are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Thunder are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Golden State.
I picked the Thunder to win this series, and they were able to steal game one with Westbrook and Durant shooting a combined 17-51 from the field. OKC has the firepower to match the Warriors and will be playing them down to the wire pretty much every game. Also, the Thunder are 5-1 SU on the road these playoffs. Once again, there's value with the points here.