Free NBA Playoffs Pick: Thunder vs Warriors Lines
Looking for Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors free playoff picks? NBA betting sees the Thunder taking on the Warriors on Thursday May 26, 2016 at Oracle Arena, Oakland, California. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball playoff matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions.
Round 3: Game 5
Date: Thursday May 26
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
NBA Moneyline Odds:Off
NBA Betting Odds: Warriors -7.5
NBA Betting Total: 220.5
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Nobody gave this Thunder team a chance in the Western Conference Finals.
Right now, they’re the ones laughing. They’ll go for a spot in the NBA Finals on Thursday when the two teams meet inside Oracle Arena.
The Thunder are doing just about everything right.
Kevin Durant and especially Russell Westbrook are taking things over and nobody is getting in their way. Westbrook put up a triple double in the Game 4 win, but it’s not even their offense that is most impressive.
The duo is shutting down the Warriors shooters. In particular, Russell Westbrook is absolutely stifling Steph Curry, not letting him get any breathing room from behind the arc.
Overall, Oklahoma City has just been flat out better. They’ve own every 50/50 ball, they’ve gotten multiple offensive rebounds, and their defense is just more physical.
Still, the Thunder cannot lose focus, especially here. They have dominated the at home, but could just as easily pack this one in. However, letting the Warriors get any sort of momentum is something they cannot afford.
Steph Curry was first to say following the Game 4 loss, “this series isn’t over.”
If Curry wants to hold true to those words, he’ll have to step it up himself. Curry struggled in both games in OKC, as Russell Westbrook was all over him. Curry has yet to get it going, but at any point the unanimous MVP could take this series over.
Taking care of the ball will be a start in the right direction for the Warriors. They have been sloppy the past 2 games, really making bad passes and forcing up some bad shots.
The Game 3 and Game 4 loss marked the first time all season the Warriors have dropped back to back games as well.
Still, Golden State has 2 of the potentially 3 games at home, a place where they are 46-3. Taking it one game at a time and not allowing the Thunder to get into any early leads is something they must do.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Thunder are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.
- Thunder are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Pacific.
- Thunder are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Warriors are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 Thursday games.
- Warriors are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games.
- Warriors are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS loss.
Free Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors NBA Prediction:
Golden State wasn’t expecting to be in this situation.
However, now they must focus on getting going and picking up some steam as they have absolutely lost it all over the past 2 games in OKC.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Golden State -7.5
The Warriors do find that momentum early from Curry and Thompson and this series shifts back to OKC, with the door opening a little more for the Warriors.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Golden State 114- Oklahoma City 100
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