The Golden State Warriors (13-4), the leagues top scoring team, will go head-to-head with the Oklahoma City Thunder (7-9) at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Action starts at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPN.
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The Warriors defeated the Brooklyn Nets in their last game, 118-111. Stephen Curry was the games high scorer with 39 points on 14-for-24 shooting. Golden States effective field goal percentage was their biggest advantage over Brooklyn. The Warriors had a rate of 0.567 (below their season average of 0.589), while the Nets posted a mark of 0.442 (below their season average of 0.503).
In the Thunders last game, they were topped by the New Orleans Pelicans, 114-107. With 22 points, 16 rebounds and 12 assists, Russell Westbrook led the way for Oklahoma City with his fourth triple-double of the year. New Orleans did a fantastic job of getting and making free throws (25-32; 78.1 percent). Oklahoma City, on the other hand, had a better turnover percentage (12.2 vs. 16.8).
Golden State could struggle to create turnovers. Oklahoma City ranks ninth in the league at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 14.1 percent), while Golden State forces the sixth-fewest turnovers (13.8 percent). Also, the Warriors top-ranked offense (offensive efficiency of 114.8) will battle against the Thunders third-ranked defense (defensive efficiency of 100.2).
In terms of the O/U total, these teams are complete opposites. Golden State games have gone over 58.8 percent of the time, while games including Oklahoma City have finished under 62.5 percent of the time. The Warriors have the substantial advantage straight up (SU) (13-4 vs. 7-9) and a slight edge against the spread (ATS) (7-10 vs. 6-9-1).
This is the first time these teams will meet this year, after the Warriors won all four meetings last season. In the most recent game, Golden State won 111-95. Golden State launched 33 three pointers, making 15 of them (45.5 percent). Oklahoma City was, meanwhile, just 4-21 (19.0 percent).
Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Warriors, ATS Winner – Warriors, O/U – Over
- The Thunder rank seventh in second chance points per game (13.3) while the Warriors rank 28th (9.1).
- Oklahoma City averages 31.3 three pointers per game, which ranks eighth in the NBA. Golden State ranks 23rd in three pointers allowed per game (30.5).
- Golden State ranks first in assists per game (30.2) while Oklahoma City ranks 21st (21.1).
- Golden State ranks eighth in rebounds per game (45.9) while Oklahoma City ranks 14th in rebounds allowed per game (43.3).
- Oklahoma City is 4-2-1 ATS at home, while Golden State is 4-5 ATS on the road.
- The total has gone under in 4 of the Thunders 7 home games, while 6 of the Warriors 9 road games have gone over.
- Oklahoma City is 6-2 when they hold opponents under 100 points, while Golden State is 2-1.
- When scoring over 100 points, the Thunder are 6-4 and the Warriors are 12-3.
- The Thunder rank third in points allowed in the paint per game (39.5) while the Warriors rank 21st (45.6).
- Oklahoma City averages 10.4 steals per game, which ranks first in the league. Golden State ranks 29th in steals allowed per game (9.2).
- The Thunder rank fifth in fast break points allowed per game (8.8) while the Warriors rank 28th (13.2).
- The Warriors rank first in blocks per game (8.9) while the Thunder rank 12th (5.1).
- Oklahoma City averages 21.1 points off turnovers per game, which ranks first in the NBA. Golden State ranks 23rd in points off turnovers allowed per game (19.5).
- Oklahoma City is 2-2-1 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under in their last five games.
- Over their last five games, Golden State is 1-4 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
- The Thunders average margin of victory in their last five games has been 5.0, up from 4.6 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Warriors have scored an average of 115.0 points per game (2.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 106.6 points per game (0.9 below their season average).