NBA Monday Preview
Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder
Monday, March 20, 8 p.m. (ET) TNT
NBA Pointspread: Golden State -2.5
Total Line: 221
The last time Golden State faced Oklahoma City on the road was Feb. 11 and it rolled to a 130-114 victory as an eight-point favorite behind Kevin Durant’s 34 points. Flash forward to Monday night’s rematch and it could be a completely different story with Durant still out of the lineup with a knee injury and the Warriors struggling through a straight-up 5-5 record in their last 10 games. They have gone a costly 3-10 against the spread in their last 13 outings and the total has stayed UNDER closing line in their last six games.
Without Durant, Golden State has only scored more than their league-high 116.2 average in three of its last 10 games, but it did just put up 122 points against Orlando and 117 points against Milwaukee in its last two contests to cover as a double digit favorite at home. Stephen Curry scored 28 points in the win against the Bucks after Klay Thompson led the way against the Magic with 29 points.
Since that mid-February loss at home to the NBA’s top team, the Thunder have gone 9-5 SU and they bring a five-game winning streak (both SU and ATS) into Monday’s Western Conference clash. After beating Toronto 123-102 as a two-point road underdog last Thursday, Oklahoma City returned home to thrash Sacramento 110-94 on Saturday as a heavy 12.5-point favorite. It is now 26-9 SU at home with a profitable 24-11 record ATS.
A quick start out of the gate led to a 22-point lead by the half against the Kings as part of three-straight victories by a double digit margin. The Thunder have averaged 113.8 points during their current six-game tear as opposed to a 106.9-point scoring average that is ranked 10th in the NBA. Russell Westbrook scored 28 points against Sacramento after posting a triple-double against Toronto with 24 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds.