Free NBA Playoffs Pick: Thunder vs Warriors Lines
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Round 3: Game 1
Date: Monday May 16
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
NBA Moneyline Odds:
NBA Betting Odds: Golden State -7.5
NBA Betting Total: 224
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The Thunder shocked just about everybody in the NBA world and eliminated the Spurs in 6 games.
They’ll get the #1 seed in Golden State, who saw Steph Curry return from injury and completely take over the series against Portland.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder were blown away in Game 1 against the Spurs and it looked like they wouldn’t be able to compete in a series with them.
They then stole Game 2, aside from some controversial calls, and returned home with things even at 1. After dropped Game 3 and losing home court just like that, this team rallied and never looked back.
Behind Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, the Thunder dominated the Spurs the rest of the way and clinched at home in blowout fashion.
This team will only go as far as Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will take them. However, the role players are needed here too on both ends of the floor.
Dion Waiters, Steven Adams, and Serge Ibaka all showed flashes of brightness whether it be coming up with a big defensive play or a big bucket.
The Thunder know the spotlight is on Westbrook and Durant. Look for the other 3 to be a key here in Game 1 in Golden State. They’ll need to produce even more than they did against the Spurs if Oklahoma City has hope of stealing the momentum here.
Golden State Warriors
Golden State knew they’d be without Steph Curry for the first three games and that didn’t scare this team one bit.
Behind Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, the Warriors went up 2-0 against Portland and did it with rather ease. After taking one to the chin in Game 3 and going down early in Game 4, Steph Curry came off the bench and changed the whole complexion of the series.
Curry and Lillard continued to exchanged blows, but it was Curry who got the last laugh scoring the first 12 points in overtime for the Warriors.
Golden State will have a lot of matchups to deal with here. Westbrook and Curry will likely guard each other while Durant will likely be on Green.
This series could fall into the hands of Klay Thompson. He’ll likely have Waiters on him, which is a matchup he should be able to expose, especially in the early going here.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Thunder are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Thunder are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games.
- Thunder are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Warriors are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Warriors are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Monday games.
- Warriors are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall.
Free Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors NBA Prediction:
There is no doubt Oklahoma City can score.
This game will be won the defensive end. Slowing down all the weapons the Warriors have is crucial and about as tough of a task as possible.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Oklahoma City +7.5
The Thunder keep this one close, but ultimately fall in the end as they still cover the number.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Golden State 111- Oklahoma City 107
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