Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors

Thunder Challenge Champion Warriors with NBA Games Betting Odds

November 19th, 2018 NBA Basketball, Sportsbook

At the beginning of the season Oklahoma City was pretty much ignored as a top pick in the Western Conference.  Which is why the Thunder has emerged as a pleasant surprise on the board so far.   Naturally Golden State was tabbed to be a strong contender for the NBA title.  And as usual their public popularity has been a drag on their NBA games betting odds value.  Following three championships in four years it’s no surprise casual gamblers flock to the Warriors.  Secondly it stands to figure such popularity drives up Golden State into overlay status.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors

Date and Time: Thursday, November 22, 2018, 10:30 p.m. Eastern

Location: ORACLE Arena, Oakland, California

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Golden State Warriors

Pacific Division leading Golden State is 12-5 straight up but 8-9 vs. the odds.  Of great concern is the groin injury to guard Stephen Curry.  Indeed, Curry is out until late November.  Correlate the Warriors drop in wagering value in recent games.  Golden State has paid out in just one of their last six games.  Keep in mind the Warriors struggles last spring when Curry was out of the lineup.  Owing to Kevin Durant’s 26.7 points per game is the NBA’s third ranked offense.  Defensively Golden State ranks 17th in the Association.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Oklahoma City is 10-5 both straight up and against the spread.  As a result, the Thunder are tied with Portland for the Northwest Division lead.  Along the same lines as Golden State is concern about an injury to OKC’s best player.  Russell Westbrook has been questionable due to an ankle issue.  For that reason, the Thunder’s rank of fifth in the NBA for defense becomes critically important.

Stats to Consider

Oklahoma City has picked up the pace as a road dog NBA games betting value.  For example, the Thunder have paid in four of their last six getting points on the road.  Five of their last six in that role have gone under the total.   Balanced against that is the Warriors improvement as a wagering value laying points at home.  Correlate Golden State covering six of their last eight in that situation.  Four of their last five as home court chalks have gone under the total.

Team vs. Team

On the whole this has been a back and forth online sportsbook series.  While OKC has paid in three of the most recent five, Golden State has covered nine of the last 12.  Additionally, 10 of the last 11 between these teams have gone under the total.  Most of all the Warriors have owned the Thunder at ORACLE Arena.  To show, Golden State has covered 10 of the last 13 between these teams on their home court.  And 11 of the last 12 in this series at ORACLE have gone under the total.

Matchup to Watch

Starting with Westbrook’s status are matchup factors with the NBA games betting odds. Otherwise Curry’s absence is a definite minus for the Warriors.  More emphatically is Golden State’s dominance of this series at home.  Equally important is Durant’s ability to put points on the board.

Thunder vs. Warriors NBA games Betting Odds Picks

Above all Golden State has the head to head advantage at home.

Thunder vs. Warriors NBA Betting Online Pick:  Golden State Warriors

Thunder vs. Warriors NBA Betting Online Score Prediction:  Warriors 108, Thunder 95

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