The Golden State Warriors return to the road tonight as they face the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. The two Western Conference rivals are scheduled to tip off at 9:30pm ET on ESPN. Friday's NBA Betting Odds from 5Dimes are favoring the Thunder at -1 against the spread; the game total is set at 206 points.
The Warriors were an unstoppable basketball force from December 21st through January 7th, winning 10 straight games. Even more remarkable, Golden State earned seven of those wins on the road.
However, the Warriors enter tonight's game having lost two of their last three contests. Stephen Curry and company closed out their recent seven game road swing last Wednesday with a 98-102 loss to the Nets and they followed up a 99-97 home win over the Celtics last Friday with a 116-123 home loss to the Nuggets on Wednesday night.
The Thunder have clearly missed the services of Russell Westbrook as they are 6-5 since he reinjured his knee, but they are coming off a big road win over the Rockets. Oklahoma City, playing as a 2.5 point road dog, topped Houston 104-92 at the Toyota Center last night.
The Thunder got 36 points from Kevin Durant while Serge Ibaka turned in a 21 point, 15 rebound double-double, but it was Oklahoma City's defense that secured the win. The Rockets 73-59 at the break, but the Thunder limited them to an astonishing 19 second half points.
Oklahoma City is 16-3 at home this season while the Warriors, who have lost eight of the last 10 games in this series, are 13-10 on the road. It should be noted, though, that two of the Thunder's losses at the Chesapeake Energy Arena have come since Westbrook left the lineup.
Notable Trends: The Warriors are 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games as a road dog with a total between 205 and 210 points.
NBA Betting Odds Golden State Warriors vs Oklahoma City Thunder:
Golden State Warriors +1 (-110), Over 206 (-110), -103 (Moneyline)
Oklahoma City Thunder -1 (-110), Under 206 (-110), -117 (Moneyline)
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