2019-20 NBA Season (74th NBA Season)
Saturday, November 9, 2019 @ 8:00 p.m. ET (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
Over/Under: 220; Thunder -11.5 (-110)
Best Moneyline: Warriors +655, Thunder -800
In Saturday night's intraconference matchup between the Golden State Warriors (2-7) and Oklahoma City Thunder (3-5), both teams are aiming to improve upon their below .500 records. This game can be watched on FSOK, NSBA, and through an NBA live streaming services. The Warriors are 3-5-1 ATS for the season, while the Oklahoma City Thunder are 5-3 ATS. According to the Land of Basketball database, based on a current total of 251 regular season games played head-to-head, the Thunder are 139-112 versus the Warriors all-time. On Oct. 27, 2019, OKC won the previous meeting 139-112 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. In the 2018-19 season, Golden State finished their series 2-1 versus OKC. The Warriors have not swept the Thunder since the 2016-17 season, which was a few years ago when Golden State won four consecutive games against Oklahoma City. In this said season, Golden State concluded their schedule with a 67-15 (.817) record.
Moreover, in the Warriors' 125-119 overtime loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, shooting guard D'Angelo Russell scored a career-high 52 points, earned 9 total rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks. Power forward Eric Paschall scored 12 points and finished his game with 1 total rebound, 1 assist, no steals, and no blocks. Golden State's bench players scored 36 points against the Timberwolves. Shooting guard Alec Burks was responsible for 18 of those 36 points. Furthermore, the Warriors were 43-103 (41.7 percent) from the field, 10-35 (28.6 percent) from beyond the three-point arc, and 23-24 (95.8 percent) at the free throw line. Despite multiple offseason subtractions via free-agency and season-ending injuries, the Warriors are still statistically a good team at the free throw line. However, as of right now, it all ends there. The injuries are taking a serious toll on this team. Golden State also had 49 rebounds, 18 assists, 11 steals, 9 blocks, and 34 points scored in the paint. Their largest lead against Minnesota was 8 points. Needless to say, aside from not scoring enough points in overtime, one major contributing factor to the Warriors losing this game was their lackluster defense in the forth quarter; they allowed 30 points.
Meanwhile, in the Thunder's 121-112 road loss to the San Antonio Spurs, power forward Danilo Gallinari scored 27 points, earned 5 total rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, and no blocks. Shooting guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 21 points, accumulated just 1 rebound, 3 assists, no steals, and no blocks. The bench scored a combined total of 29 points against San Antonio. For additional in-depth team statistics, OKC was 42-80 (52.5 percent) from the field, 10-21 from beyond the three-point arc (47.6 percent), and shot 18-24 (74 percent) at the free throw line. Plus, the Thunder had 26 assists, 7 steals, 2 blocks, 48 points scored in the paint, and their largest lead of the night was 7 points. OKC also allowed 33 points in the opening first quarter and 36 points in the third quarter. Defensively, it is imperative for Head Coach Billy Donovan to continue to improve his team's second-half performances, even if their opponents have a record below .500. Putting aside their free throw shooting and scoring offense rankings, win or lose, their defense has been keeping them in a few of their games.
The Golden State Warriors' Betting Trends highlights a .200 winning percentage in the team's previous five games played against Western Conference opponents
The Golden State Warriors are 11-4 SU in the team's past fifteen games played versus Oklahoma City. Nevertheless, they are 1-4 SU in the last five games played this season, and they are 1-4 SU in their previous five games played against a Western Conference opponent. The Warriors are also 8-3-1 ATS in the team's last twelve games played versus a Northwest division team. Not to mention, the total has gone under in five of Golden State's previous five games when playing on the road against the Thunder. According to the Vegas Insider NBA betting odds, the Warriors have 1,000/1 odds to win the Western Conference title and 2,000/1 odds to win the NBA championship this season. They have the second lowest odds of winning the Western Conference, ranking just ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies (1,200/1). For the NBA championship, the team is in a seven-way tie with the Oklahoma City Thunder, New York Knicks, Charlotte Hornets, Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Memphis Grizzlies.
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