Golden State Warriors (-1, 214.5 o/u) at Oklahoma City Thunder
The word “dominant” comes to mind when considering the Golden State Warriors (31-5, 14-4 away) this season.
Not only did the league-leading Warriors win their 15th straight home game earlier this week (104-89 over Miami), but the squad has the Western Conference’s longest active win streak at eight games, and they’ve been cruising to victory by an average margin of 19.8 PPG over that span.
Against the Heat, Stephen Curry scored 32 points, including seven three-pointers. During the current win streak, the guard is shooting a tremendous 54.0%. But he’s not the only Warrior playing at a high level. The other “Splash Brother”, Klay Thompson, added 19 points against Miami and is shooting over 51% during the win streak.
“I think our team has done a good job of keeping our energy up and keeping our spirits up,” said Warriors forward David Lee. “And I think it all goes back to having that depth and having that cohesiveness as a team that helps us at these times.”
Up next for the Warriors is a road game at the Oklahoma City Thunder (18-20, 11-7 home). Even though Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are both healthy, the Thunder are currently having offensive issues, averaging only 93.5 PPG and shooting 37.9% over their last four games (three of which were losses).
At times, Westbrook and Durant have appeared to be back in top form. But the recent games demonstrate that the duo is still trying to find their groove. They had encouraging games last night, with Westbrook putting up 16 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists, and Durant adding 24 points and ten rebounds; but the Thunder still lost (112-101) to the Rockets.
“We struggled getting back,” said Thunder head coach Scott Brooks. “We struggled covering the three-point line. They were getting everything they wanted in the first quarter … we can’t give up a 40-point quarter.”
Making matters even worse, OKC is allowing 110.7 PPG over its last seven contests, while the Warriors are averaging 116.0 PPG during its win streak.
The last time these teams met, the Warriors crushed OKC (117-91) in Oakland, easily covering as three-point favorites. The Thunder are a much better ATS team at home, though (11-7 vs. 7-13 on the road). With the Warriors and Thunder both averaging under 99 points against per game this year, and OKC struggling to score lately, the under (214.5) is the better play.
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