NBA Playoff Picks – Game 1: Oklahoma City Thunder at Golden State Warriors (5/16)
What can the Oklahoma City Thunder do for an encore? They took a San Antonio Spurs team that was considered a heavy favorite to be facing the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals, and they upset the apple cart completely. So now they are the team that can throw a body block into Golden State’s drive for second straight NBA championship. What do they have to do to get that done? Well, they can show up, to begin with, and that would be at 9:05 PM ET at the Oracle Arena in Oakland on Monday night for Game 1. BetAnySports customers have it lucky, as they can continue with the action even after the game tips off, using state-of-the-art software that is provided by the very innovative Live Betting Ultra, which allows for action-packed wagering in real time.
During the regular season, Golden State won all three meetings against Oklahoma City, but it wasn’t without some degree of drama. The Warriors made a tremendous come back on February 27, as Steph Curry played the role of the superhero, as usual, sinking a dozen three-pointers and leaving them back from a five-point deficit in the overtime session. Golden State shot 50% over these three regular-season encounters, and Curry averaged 35 points a game against the Thunder, higher than any other OKC opponent.
Golden State also won the turnover battle in those three games, which is something that can’t be ignored. They coughed it up only 30 times, compared to 54 for the Thunder, and it should be noted that Oklahoma City went 12-11 straight-up when Russell Westbrook turned the ball over more than five times in a ballgame.
In the NBA playoff lines posted on this game by the people at BetAnySports, Golden State is the favorite at home:
When Oklahoma City has had its five starters on the floor, they have actually been okay against the Warriors, posting a +23 in the plus/minus category. They have also held Golden State just 90.2 points per 100 possessions, and that was well below their average for the season. But as we know, they can keep their starters on the floor forever, and Golden State could have a big edge coming off the bench. However, those guys won’t necessarily produce offensive rebounds, as the Warriors were able to snag only 15% of available chances along those lines, which was their lowest percentage against anyone this season.
During these playoffs, Golden State’s Offensive Rating and Defensive Rating have been slightly better than they were during the regular season, and consider that Curry has been available for only four of those nine games. Stopping Russell Westbrook is going to be a priority, as BetAnySports patrons know, and they did a pretty good job of making him take some bad shots in the three meetings. Westbrook shot just 34.7%, and both Klay Thompson and Curry did a tremendous job on him.
Let’s not forget about Draymond Green is a real difference-maker here; Golden State is +145 points with him on the floor during the playoffs, and minus-29 points without him. He has stepped up his game, to be certain; without Curry in there for the most part, he averaged 22.2 points, 11.2 rebounds and 3.2 blocked shots against Portland in the conference semi-finals.
On the technical side, Oklahoma City has played six of its last nine games over the total and has covered five of its last six road contests. Meanwhile, Golden State has covered seven of its last eight games at home.
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