Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Date and Time: Saturday, March 16, 2019, 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
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Warriors vs. Thunder TV Coverage: ABC
Even with Kevin Durant sitting Wednesday night’s bout against the Rockets out with an ankle sprain, the defending champs still found a way to avoid letting Houston bust the brooms out on them in the regular season. Klay Thompson, Steph Curry and DeMarcus Cousins each had huge games combining for 81 of Golden State’s 106 points, while the defense was able to stave off a furious fourth quarter comeback by the Rockets to preserve the 106-104 outright win and cover per the closing NBA odds. The triumph moved the Warriors to 22-11 SU & 15-18 ATS on the road.
The Thunder will be out to build upon a two-game win and cover streak on Thursday night when they invade Bankers life Fieldhouse for a quick road tilt against the Pacers before returning home to host the Warriors on Saturday night. The two triumphs came in impressive fashion with Russell Westbrook and company going into Utah and handing the Jazz a 98-89 defeat as 3.5-point underdogs. It was followed up with a 108-96 win and cover versus a feisty Brooklyn Nets squad that gave them a fight through three quarters but wilted in the fourth ultimately getting outscored 28-18. The win and cover moved the Thunder to 23-9 SU & 17-15 ATS as a host.
DeMarcus Cousins – This will be the first time the Thunder will oppose the Warriors with their playoff roster fully intact; provided KD is able to give it a go. Even if he isn’t, Oklahoma City is going to get a heavy dose of Boogie who enters this matchup off his best showing as a Warrior after ripping the Rockets for 27 points and reeling in a team-high 8 rebounds. The Thunder destroyed the Warriors in the most recent meeting out-boarding them 61-42 with Westbrook, Jerami Grant and Stephen Adams each reeling in 11 apiece. These teams rank out just about even in rebound rate, but Cousins is going to need to put forth another big game on the glass if the Warriors are to go into Chesapeake and win the season rivalry.
80.7% - This is Golden State’s conversion rate from the charity stripe. Only Boston, Portland and San Antonio have proven to be better overall free throw shooting teams this season. One of the main reasons why the Dubs just pulled out a two-point win in the Toyota Center was because it drained all 10 of its free throws. This figures to be a closely contested matchup with both squad’s holding aspirations of winning it all. With that the case, you can’t help but like a fully intact Warriors chances of winning another close one should that be the case with its extreme advantage in this stat category. As a team, Oklahoma is shooting a horrid 71.5 percent; only the Heat and Lakers have been worse!
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I took the points and hammered the money-line at top rated sportsbooks on Wednesday night in the first leg of the Warriors four-game road trip in Houston, and will be doing it again in this one as well. Provided Steph and company are getting back a short number. Even if they’re not, I’ll confidently lay the possession or two. I’m willing to pay up and see if OKC is truly back on track or if the recent win streak is more a result of schedule and opponent played. I got a feeling we get the best of the defending champs over the course of this road trip. With that, look for some points to hit the board as well and threaten the under trend in the recent rivalry.
NBA ATS Betting Picks: Golden State & Over at BookMaker.eu
NBA Score Prediction: Warriors 141 – Thunder 128