The Golden State Warriors are up in the season series, 2-0, and sporting a mostly healthy core with Stephen Curry finally back. Can they make it three in a row or will Oklahoma City Thunder finally solve the puzzle?
Catch the game tomorrow at 9:00 AM, Manila time.
HOME: Oklahoma City Thunder (30-34, 19-15 HOME)
Projected starting five:
- Josh Giddey
- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
- Jalen Williams
- Lu Dort
- Jaylin Williams
The Thunder are on the heels of back-to-back wins over the Utah Jazz. They lit up the scoreboard for 129.5 points per game in those outings, a good redeemer from the potentially costly five-game skid they had prior. Nevertheless, the pair of victories is just what they need as they look to finally edge out the Warriors this season.
All-Star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is fresh-off a 38-point performance in his first game after missing the previous five, and that should be a nice confidence and and rhythm-builder for tomorrow. He’s averaging 31.1 PPG with a 50.8% clip on the season but he’s only at 25.5 PPG on 40% shooting in two games against the Dubs. Josh Giddey is his main scoring support as always, and it’s been good as of late as the Aussie has 21.3 points, 8.0 boards, and 11.0 assists over his last three.
Rookie Jalen Williams is now in the mix as he’s been on a roll. He just had a career-high 32 points versus the Jazz and has put up 20.2 PPG on 57.4% shooting over his last 11 games.
Here’s an interesting OKC trend: The Thunder are 7-1 in their last 8 Wednesday games.
AWAY: Golden State Warriors (34-31, 7-24 AWAY)
Projected starting five:
- Stephen Curry
- Donte DiVincenzo
- Klay Thompson
- Draymond Green
- Kevon Looney
The Warriors saw their five-game winning streak evaporate this past Monday. They fell short against the Los Angeles Lakers, 113-105, and once again, it’s thanks to their season-long woes on the road.
But, at least, Steph Curry is back and swishing treys like normal. Though he started out slow against the Lakers, he was able to end up strong, scoring 19 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter. He’ll have that energy to work with for tomorrow, a plus from the rhythm he had the last time they were in Oklahoma, where he posted 38 points with eight threes on 60% shooting, while also out 12 assists.
Klay Thompson, meanwhile, is just as dangerous. He’s at 35 PPG on 58.1% shooting in the season series, and also in a hot streak, compiling 27.5 points and 5.3 threes over his last six. Finally, there’s Jordan Poole (20.8 PPG), who rounds out the team’s trio of offensive firepower.
The Dubs are 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall.
Handicap: The Warriors (+4) are terrible on the road, but I trust their sense of urgency. They should be able to get this even without the handicap.
Over/Under: Considering how capable these offenses are, the over (241) looks reachable.