Fun and games are over in the NBA with the All-Star break now a thing of the past. That means any chumminess between Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant is now back to a state of animosity. Read on for a high-profile matchup between the Thunder and the Warriors in the Bay Area this Saturday.
Betting Preview for the OKC Thunder vs Golden State Warriors NBA Regular Season Game on February 24 2018
Where: ORACLE Arena
When: Saturday, February 24 8:30PM EST
Line: OKC Thunder () vs Golden State Warriors () – view current NBA betting lines
TV Broadcast: ABC
Betting on the OKC Thunder (33-26)
Russell Westbrook and the Thunder will begin their second half work on the road. Oklahoma City has covered the spread in five of their last eight games. Moreover, the Thunder are 7-3 against the spread in their 10 games away from home when they were the underdogs. Looking at the season series with the Warriors, though, Oklahoma City does not look as the underdog in this matchup at all, as the Thunder have won the first two meetings with the defending NBA champions this season. In the last meeting on Feb. 6 at Oracle Arena, the Thunder leaned on the pair of Westbrook and Paul George, as the two combined for 72 points in a 125-105 win over the Warriors. Westbrook also had nine assists and nine rebounds. He is averaging 34.0 points on 49.1 percent shooting against the Warriors this season. George, meanwhile, has put up 29.0 points with a 47.6 three-point shooting percentage versus Golden State.
Betting on the Golden State Warriors (44-14)
In most games, Klay Thompson is a dependable and lights-out scorer, but in two meetings this season with Oklahoma City, the shooting guard has averaged just 10.5 points per game. In February 6’s loss to the Thunder, he only had 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting from the field. He also only scored nine points back in November 22’s 108-91 road loss to OKC. That will have to change as it has become apparent that if the Warriors are going to beat the Thunder, they can’t just rely on Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry to carry the bulk of the scoring load. Speaking of those two players, Durant is averaging 27.0 points this season against his former team, while Curry is chipping in 22.5 points. In any case, the Warriors remain owners of the best offense in the league with 115.8 points per game on 51.0 percent shooting from the field.
Golden State is 8-2 SU and ATS in its last 10 home games against the Thunder.
Golden State wins, 116-110.
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