November 21, 2018
By Gautam Ratnam
Over the past few years, the Golden State Warriors have been the epitome of a perfect basketball franchise. From the ownership down to the players on the court, the Warriors run a pretty close to perfect organization, where everyone loves coming to work and praise being apart of the franchise.
Over the last week, however, the Warriors have been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Last Monday, they lost to the LA Clippers and saw two of their best players, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green, get into a huge verbal altercation, causing the organization to go into disarray. Green was suspended for one game by the team and has missed the last three with a recurring toe injury. With two All-Stars out, the other two All-Stars have struggled to find their shot. Both Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson have been ice-cold shooting the ball, with both of them shooting under 35% during this stretch. Given everything that’s gone on over the last week, the back-to-back champs have not responded well. The Warriors have lost 4 of their last 5 games, went 0-3 on their recent Texas road trip, and are still without two-time MVP Stephen Curry for at least another week.
A matchup against a surging Thunder team isn’t going to help the Warriors. After starting the season 0-4, the Thunder have gone 10-2 over their last 12 games, beating teams by an average of 13.7 PPG. The Thunder will also be at full strength, with the return of All-Star PG Russell Westbrook, who came back from a sprained ankle on Monday versus the Sacramento Kings.
Thunder-Warrior clashes have always been fun, with both teams serving as formidable opponents for each other. Ever since KD joined the Warriors in 2016, the matchup has always been circled on the calendar for both these teams, with tempers flaring in most contests between these two teams. With the Warriors trying to get through this rough patch and number 0 on the Thunder, this game should have the fireworks that we are accustomed to seeing.
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TEAM: Warriors UNDER 110.5 points
The Warriors have not been playing great basketball over the last few games. With the absence of Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson have struggled to find their shot and the Warriors offense has stagnated because of it. Over the last five games, the Warriors have averaged 102.6 PPG and unless KD and Klay can find their groove, pick the under
POINTS: KD OVER 30.5 Points
KD has been tasked with carrying the offense, and though he has struggled with his shot, he’ll do what he needs to get the Warriors a much-needed W. That, and he’s playing against the Thunder, where he’s averaging 35.8 PPG against his former team
ASSISTS: GS UNDER 31.5 Asts
The Warriors’ offense has struggled over the last few games, and part of that is because of a lack of ball movement. With Curry out, don’t expect the Warriors to surpass 30 assists tonight.