Thunder vs. Warriors Prediction
The defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors will look to be dominant for yet another season as they open tonight at the Oracle versus the Oklahoma City Thunder. Will Golden State cover the spread as double-digit favorites?
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Oracle Arena at 10:35PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow,eu, the Warriors are a 13-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 221.5 points. As of Tuesday morning, 65 percent of public bets are coming in on host Golden State. Check out our NBA Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Westbrook out tonight
Oklahoma City superstar point guard Russell Westbrook is listed as out tonight as he is recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery. He will be sorely missed after averaging 25.4 points, 10.3 assists and 10.1 rebounds last season for his second straight year averaging a triple-double. Dennis Schroder will make his Thunder regular season debut and replace him in the starting lineup. Center Steven Adams is experiencing lower back tightness and is questionable to play tonight.
Warriors opening last season at Oracle
Oracle Arena has been great for Golden State in recent years and it will look to complete its run there with another NBA championship before moving into a new state-of-the-art arena next year. Golden State will be led this season as usual by the fearsome foursome of point guard Steph Curry, small forward Kevin Durant, shooting guard Klay Thompson and power forward Draymond Green. The Warriors got even stronger this offseason with the addition of center DeMarcus Cousins, who is recovering from a ruptured Achilles suffered last season.
NBA Betting Trends
The Thunder are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 Tuesday games. The under is 10-1 in the last 11 meetings in Golden State.
The Warriors are 6-1 ATS in their last seven home games versus OKC. Golden State is 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
The spread is big, but Westbrook is out and possibly Adams too. Paul George can't do everything by himself. Golden State is healthy again and ready to dismantle foes. Additionally, Durant is never going to want to stop having big games against his former team. Go with the Warriors to win big tonight.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS -13