Oklahoma City Thunder at Golden State Warriors (-7, 2018.5 o/u)
What a difference a game makes. Actually, what a difference a quarter makes. The Golden State Warriors (11-5 SU, 10-6 ATS) were seemingly down for the count, down three games to two to the Oklahoma City Thunder (11-6 SU, 10-7 ATS) and trailing big on the road in the fourth quarter of Game 6. But a comeback for the ages kept the Warriors dream season alive, and now they return home with all the momentum for a decisive Game 7 tonight at ORACLE Arena in Oakland (9:00 PM Eastern).
Golden State trailed for basically the entirety of Game 6, and they faced an eight-point deficit late in the final frame. But the “Splash Brothers,” Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, found another gear in the nick of time, leading the Warriors to a 108-101 win.
Thompson led the team with 41 points on the night, including a playoff record 11 three-pointers. Curry just missed a triple-double with 31 points, ten rebounds, and nine assists; Thompson’s threes kept the team in the game, but it was Curry’s clutch buckets at the end that sealed the victory.
The Thunder were once again led by Kevin Durant (29 points, seven rebounds, three blocks) and Russell Westbrook (28 points, 11 assists, nine boards). But the pair were not efficient enough on offense, going a combined 20 of 68 from the floor. Golden State’s Andre Iguodala did a tremendous job of hounding Durant and making the former MVP uncomfortable all night, especially late.
With momentum squarely in their corner, Golden State comes into tonight’s game as a seven-point favorite. Not only does their regular season dominance at Oracle justify that spread, but so does a general NBA trend: 24 of 36 teams that win Game 6 have gone onto win Game 7. Making matters worse for OKC, the team is 1-6 ATS in its last seven at Oracle.
With the house rocking for a ticket to the NBA finals, play the favorite.
Pick: Warriors (-7).
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