The Oklahoma City Thunder invade the Chase Center to do battle with the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder have been in great form as they've won five of their last six games overall and they will be gunning for a third straight victory after scorching the shorthanded Warriors in a 128-109 road win on Thursday. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the team with 24 points on six of 21 shooting, Josh Giddey added 19 points on eight of 14 shooting while Isaiah Joe provided the ultimate spark off the bench with seven 3-pointers to add 23 points. As a team, the Thunder shot 50 percent from the field and an efficient 19 of 32 from the 3-point line as they set the tone with 39 points in the first quarter to take an early double-digit lead before they held off a late charge from the Warriors after having their 21-point lead cut to single digits late.
Golden State Warriors
Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors are now in a slump with six losses in their last seven games overall and they will be hoping to put a halt to a five-game slide after getting routed by the Thunder on Thursday. Jonathan Kuminga led the team with 21 points on eight of 13 shooting, Chris Paul added 15 points with eight assists while Kevon Looney tallied 13 points with 11 rebounds off the bench. As a team, the Warriors shot just 40 percent from the field and 14 of 41 from the 3-point line as they poured in 36 points in the second quarter to claw their way back into the contest, but they just couldn't stop the Thunder from the perimeter which was the difference in the end. Klay Thompson had a nightmare of a game as he finished with just five points on one of 10 shooting.
The Thunder are coming into this one with a full squad once again, while the Warriors will again be keeping an eye on Stephen Curry who is currently listed as questionable. It's always tough to beat the same team twice in a row, but the Warriors are a mess right now, they weren't good enough to hang with the Thunder on Thursday and I don't see that changing if Curry sits out again. I'm sure we'll see a better game from Thompson who shot just one of 10 from the field, but it won't be enough as the Thunder get the win and cover again.