Thunder Will Bounce Back As A Great ATS Wager Wednesday

Golden State vs. Oklahoma City

Jordan Sharp

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 7:30 PM UTC

Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018 7:30 PM UTC

Fresh off a loss to the Kings on Monday, can the Thunder bounce back with a tough battle against the Warriors Wednesday? With the Warriors banged up, the Thunder could be a strong ATS play. Bet confident with SBRpicks.com

 

Jordan’s NBA Picks: 6-8

Oklahoma City (10-6 SU & 10-6 ATS) at Golden State (12-6 SU & 8-10 ATS)Wednesday, 10:30 p.m. EST, ESPNFree NBA Pick: Thunder ATSBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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The Warriors are going to be down two of their starters for this game with Steph Curry and Draymond Green both dealing with their respective injuries. Without them, can Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson carry the load, or will the Thunder bounce back and make Wednesday’s game a steal on the road?

No Prime-Time Point Guard Battle

It does look like Curry is close to making his return, but the team announced that they weren’t going to rush him back. With Curry’s long history of leg-related injuries, the Warriors would be smart to hold him out until he is basically back to 100 percent after this groin issue.

Without Curry and Green means the Thunder could have the advantage in this one. Russell Westbrook made his return on Monday from his ankle sprain and he picked up right where he left off, even though OKC didn't get the win. With him back on the court the Thunder have obviously been a different team.

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The best reason not to mess with Russell Westbrook isn't fear of Russell Westbrook; it is fear of Steven Adams just calmly and stonefacedly bumrushing you into a parallel universe.

— Dan Devine (@YourManDevine) November 20, 2018
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Warriors’ Foundation Cracks

Speaking of a different team, the Warriors have looked pretty different since the now very public battle between Green and Kevin Durant. I hear a lot from pundits on that incident alone was the reason for their recent struggles, but it does appear things have been different this season.

Maybe something was brewing under the surface last season and we didn’t know it. Maybe it started in the offseason or in training camp. That kind of stuff doesn’t just come out of nowhere.

The reality is it’s affecting their play on the court. Golden State is 2-5 SU in their last seven games, and they are facing a three-game losing streak coming in to the day before Thanksgiving. All of their recent losses have been to good teams though, so it’s hard for me to overreact, especially when they are missing pieces over most of those losses.

The Sharp Pick

Back on opening night it took the Warriors at full strength to beat the Thunder, and while Golden State won that game, the Thunder covered the spread even without Westbrook on the court.

The spread will be much more even this time around with Westbrook healthy and the Warriors missing starters. However, the result might not be that much different. I could still see the Warriors winning the game, but only by one or two possessions.

Westbrook and Durant are probably still not in a great place in their relationship, and you can bet that both want to beat the other while having big games. This kind of game on national TV will also play into the competitiveness. With that in mind though, the healthier team is going to win this game, especially if both of the Thunder stars have big games to outduel Durant and Klay Thompson.

Westbrook averaged almost 32 points per game in four contests against the Dubs last season, and outside of a big loss in Golden State where he only had 15 points, he scored at least 34 points in the other three games.

Potentially without Curry’s shot-making and Green’s defense, the Warriors might come up short SU in this one too. I have gone nearly 600 words without mentioning that if Paul George can go blow-for-blow with Durant, the Thunder will win this one straight up.

Score Prediction: Thunder 114 – Warriors 112

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