The NBA Schedule starts to heat up on Tuesday Night with a key Western Conference Showdown taking place at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. On one side you have the Golden State Warriors who currently have the best record in the NBA. On the other side you have an Oklahoma City Thunder team riding four straight losses despite having a roster loaded with talent.
Now these two teams will meet on Tuesday Night for their second time of the 2017-18 NBA season. In their first meeting back on November 22nd, the Thunder rolled to a commanding 108-91 win. In that contest, the Warriors struggled to slow down the fast pace offense of the Thunder led by Russell Westbrook.
In that contest, Westbrook led all scorers finishing with 34 points to go along with 10 rebounds and nine assists. The reigning MVP wasn’t the only answer to the win for the Thunder as the team dominated the whole matchup. On the glass, the Thunder grabbed 50 rebounds to just 37 of the Warriors, picked up five more assists and hit a staggering 45.6 percent from the field.
Despite the success in their first meeting, the Thunder are getting little to no respect from the sportsbooks in Las Vegas as they currently head in to the meeting a double digit underdog something sports handicappers will look to take advantage of. Here are the keys to the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors matchup on Tuesday February 6th, 2018.
Oklahoma City Thunder – Win the Glass
For the Thunder to pick up a much needed win on the road on Tuesday Night they will need many things to go right including another big time performance from Westbrook. That said if they want to leave Oakland with a win they will need to repeat their success on the glass limiting the Warriors second chance opportunities while opening up additional chances for themselves.
Golden State Warriors – Focus on the Game
In the first meeting between these two teams it looked as if the focus of the Warriors was more on the Westbrook and Kevin Durant saga than it was about playing basketball. This showed up multiple times with both players looking to be joking at times. Now in the rematch the Warriors will need to forget the drama and put all their focus on picking up another win at home.
Oklahoma City Thunder @ Golden State Warriors
Warriors (-10.5) – O/U 230.5
Tuesday February 6th, 2018
Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Trends
The Thunder are currently on a four game losing streak while covering the spread in just five of their last ten overall games. Along with those struggles the Thunder have struggled on the road this season winning just 11 of 25 road contests while finding a way to cover the spread in just 10 of those matchups. Along with those trends, the Thunder have had their hands full with teams in the Western Conference posting just a 17-35 record against the spread dating back to last season and have failed to cover the spread in each of their last five games on Tuesday Night.
Golden State Warriors Betting Trends
When you have the best record in the NBA like the Warriors you are going to be a favorite in most of your matchups as well as a team that sports handicappers love to bet on. That said this team despite having the best record in the NBA as well as an outstanding 19-6 record at home have put together just a 23-29 record against the srpread. That includes covering in just 10 of their 24 home contests at the Oracle Arena and just three over their last ten overall contests.
Head to Head Matchup
The betting trends go back and forth in this matchup as both teams have had some success at times. Looking a little deeper the favorite has controlled the series covering the spread in five of their last six meetings while the home team has posted a solid 19-7-1 record. Along with those numbers the Thunder have struggled at the Oracle Arena failing to cover the spread in each of their last trips out West while covering in just one time in their last eight overall meetings dating back to the 2015-16 NBA Season.
NBA Pick & Prediction – Oklahoma City Thunder