Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 11/3/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder (3-0) at Golden State Warriors (2-1)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 10:30 pm (Oracle Arena)
The Line: Golden State Warriors -11 -- Over/Under: 226.5 See the Latest Odds
A couple of old friends reunite as the Oklahoma City Thunder pay a visit to the Golden State Warriors at the Oracle Arena tonight.
The Thunder will be gunning for a fifth straight win to start the season after escaping Los Angeles last night with an 85-83 win over the Clippers. In a game where neither team shot better than 40 percent from the field, Russell Westbrook shone with a game-high 35 points on 14 of 30 shooting to go along with six rebounds, five assists and three steals. No other Thunder player finished in double figures and the they committed a total of 21 turnovers as a team but they made up for it with their defense in holding the usually efficient Clippers to just 39 percent shooting.
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Meanwhile, the Warriors are yet to really find their stride this season, but that hasn't stopped them from winning their last three games including a 127-104 rout of the Trailblazers on Tuesday night. Kevin Durant had a nice game of 20 points with five rebounds and four steals, Ian Clark chipped in with a career-high 22 points off the bench while Klay Thompson had 14, but this game was all about Stephen Curry who scored 23 of his 28 points in the third quarter to set up the easy win.
In ATS trends, the Thunder are 4-1 ATS in their last five games playing on zero days rest and 0-4 ATS in their last four road games, while the Warriors are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last five against a team with a winning record.
Head to head, the Thunder are 1-7 ATS in the last eight meetings in Golden State and the home team is 16-5-1 ATS in the last 22 meetings overall.
The Thunder jumped onto Westbrook's shoulders last night and rode him to victory, but they're facing a much stiffer task against this stacked Warriors outfit. We all know the big story will be about Westbrook and Durant playing against each other, but I can't see anything but a narrow win for the Warriors at home. Take the Warriors to win, but the Thunder to keep it close and earn the cover.