Oklahoma City Thunder at Golden State Warriors (-3, 217.5 o/u)
The Golden State Warriors (26-5, 13-1 home) continued their home dominance last Friday night, beating the Atlantic-leading Toronto Raptors (126-105) at Oracle Arena. The massive offensive output was par for the course for the Warriors, who have scored more than 120 points in three of their last four home games.
“Our confidence is hot no matter who we play,” point guard Stephen Curry said. “Even the last two games, handling [Minnesota and Philadelphia], doing the things we’re supposed to do and winning the games we’re supposed to win, it sends the same message. We’re serious about winning and we’re serious about getting better every night.”
Curry lead the way against the Raptors with 32 points and 12 assists. However, it was the play of Marreese Speights that turned a good night on offense into a great one. The center, who is filling in for the injured Andrew Bogut, added 26 points (nearly 14 points higher than his season average) on 12 of 19 shooting.
Though the Warriors have won 11 straight at home, look for the team to be tested tonight when the Oklahoma City Thunder (17-17, 7-10 away) visit Oakland. Even though injuries to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have plagued the season for the Thunder so far, the team has performed extremely well in when both have been in the lineup, going 9-2.
Durant, who sprained an ankle the last time he faced the Warriors, appears to be back at the top of his game; last year’s MVP scored 34 points on Friday as the Thunder downed the Washington Wizards (109-102).
When asked about Durant’s recent success, Westbrook said, “That’s what he does. Nobody’s surprised. He’s not surprising himself. He prepared himself well to get back to where he is, and back to where he left off.”
While Durant is happy with his offense, it’s the team’s overall defense that has him excited for the Thunder’s future.
“We held [Washington] to 20 points scored in the fourth,” Durant said. “That’s what we want to do. That’s an ideal quarter for us as far as defense is concerned, then we made plays down the stretch offensively.”
That said, the Thunder don’t have an offensive post presence that can take advantage of Bogut’s absence; and, looking at the trends, the Thunder are 3-7-1 ATS as an away dog, while the Warriors are an impressive 10-4-0 ATS at home. Take the Warriors and lay the points (-3).
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