When the Golden State Warriors put everything together, they look positively unbeatable. The Oklahoma City Thunder, who visit Golden State on Wednesday, already saw that type of performance once from the Warriors and will try to disrupt the rhythm with star Russell Westbrook going up against former teammate Kevin Durant.
Durant, who made waves that rippled throughout the league when he left Oklahoma City over the summer to sign with Golden State, is thriving in his new home. The former MVP was seduced by the Warriors’ ball movement and unselfishness and is averaging a team-high 25.8 points on a career-high 53.7 percent shooting as part of a team that leads the NBA in scoring (117.7 points) and assists (31.3) after handing out 37 assists and shooting 50.5 percent from the field in a 126-91 drubbing of the defending-champion Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday. Westbrook became the undisputed leader of the Thunder with Durant’s departure and is putting up historic stat lines but not quite as many wins. Oklahoma City is in the midst of a six-game road trip and fell hard on the second night of a back-to-back with a 120-98 setback at the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday.
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, FSN Oklahoma, CSN Bay Area (Golden State)
LINE HISTORY: The Warriors opened the betting as 12.5-point favorites over Russell Westbrook and the Thunder – by early Wednesday that spread was up to -13 and continued climbing to 13.5 by Wednesday evening. The total opened at 227 and was bumped up a full point to 228 on game day morning and continued to rise all day, settling in at 230.5. Check out the complete line history here.
Oklahoma City – C S. Adams (Out, concussion).
Golden State – G K. Thompson (Questionable, personal).
COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Oklahoma City (-4.5) – Golden State (-14.5) + home court (-3) = Golden State -13
ABOUT THE THUNDER (25-18 SU, 23-19-1 ATS, 19-24 O/U): Westbrook, who is averaging a triple-double, was held to 24 points, five rebounds and four assists against the Clippers to snap a string of three straight double-doubles as Oklahoma City struggled on both ends of the floor. “We had a hard time generating baskets,” Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan told reporters. “We certainly didn’t make enough shots. Defensively we had made some strides over the last five to seven games, but it wasn’t one of our better defensive games.” Westbrook and the Thunder had a similarly poor performance the first time they visited Golden State on Nov. 3, when Westbrook went 4-of-15 from the floor and the Warriors breezed to a 122-96 win.
ABOUT THE WARRIORS (35-6 SU, 17-23-1 ATS, 19-22 O/U): Durant blasted his former teammates en route to 39 points in 31 minutes in that Nov. 3 meeting and is a perfect fit for Golden State on both ends of the floor, with his length and ability to challenge shots a key to the team defense. Durant (three) and Draymond Green (five) combined for eight blocks in Monday’s win, and Durant turned in the defensive play of the night by stuffing LeBron James on a drive to the basket. The Warriors are up to four straight on their latest winning streak and are finishing up a four-game homestand with Oklahoma City before a stretch of seven of nine on the road.
* Thunder are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games following a straight up loss of more than 10 points.
* Warriors are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest.
* Over is 4-0 in Thunder last 4 games following a straight up loss.
* Under is 6-1 in Warriors last 7 games following a ATS win.
* Under is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in Golden State.
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COVERS CONSENSUS: 54 percent of the picks on Covers are siding with the home favorite Golden State Warriors and Over is picking up 62 percent of the totals wagers. View full consensus data here.