NBA Playoff Matchup: Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder
Date / Time – Saturday, May 28 – 9 PM ET
Site: Chesapeake Energy Arena – Oklahoma City
TV Coverage: TNT
Pointspread: Thunder -2.5
Total: 220 points
The Oklahoma City Thunder get another opportunity to clinch the Western Conference championship, this time on their home court, as they take on the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night (9 PM ET at the Chesapeake Energy Arena). This is really the big opportunity for the Thunder, because if they fumble it, Golden State is going to be extremely difficult to beat in Oakland in a seventh and deciding game. On Thursday night, Golden State posted a hard-earned 120-111 victory at the Oracle Arena, and this came despite Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook totaling 71 points between them. Golden State drew a little closer in the rebounding battle, and that is because Andrew Bogut had 14 boards on the evening, with Draymond Green adding 13. So the stage is set, and BetAnySports customers can stay involved in the action even after the opening tipoff as they take advantage of the state-of-the-art software from Live Betting Ultra, which allows for real-time wagering while the game is in progress.
So far, the Thunder have beaten the Warriors handily twice on their home floor, scoring 251 points in the process. That’s got to be upsetting for a Golden State squad that prides itself on defense, but the Warriors have missed the mark as well as the visitor in this series, shooting 41% in both of those games. On overall basis, Klay Thompson has been somewhat disappointing from long-range, as he is under 30% beyond the arc. The aforementioned Green is only 34.5% for the series, and even two-time MVP Steph Curry could step up his game a little, as he is just a 42.6% shooter against Oklahoma City in this best-of-seven.
It is interesting that the Thunder has three players averaging eight rebounds or more for the series – Durant, Serge Ibaka and Steven Adams. Then there is the curious case of Enes Kanter, a big man who is only a 40% shooter during this series, and who played only six minutes on Thursday, with one point and two rebounds, as coach Billy Donovan had to limit is playing time due to the defensive disadvantage his presence caused. Kanter has never been known as a good defender, and Golden State was able to exploit that, primarily through the efforts of Bogut and Green.
What can the Thunder get off the bench in this one? Dion Waiters is usually the guy that comes into the game and keeps the offensive level high, and don’t think Golden State isn’t aware of his presence every time he steps on the floor. But he played 26 minutes and 41 seconds on Thursday night and went scoreless. That can’t stay the same, or else the defending world champions might just be able to go back to their home court and complete the comeback from a 3-1 deficit, which has only been done by nine teams in the history of the NBA playoffs.
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