Oklahoma City Thunder vs Golden State Warriors Prediction, 5/6/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Golden State Warriors
Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021
Location: Chase Center in San Francisco, CA
TV: NBC Sports Bay Area
Odds/Point Spread: Oklahoma City (+14)
Chase Center is the venue where and the Golden State Warriors (33-33) will play the Oklahoma City Thunder (21-45) on Thursday. Oklahoma City opens this contest as 14-point underdogs. The over/under opens at 227.
The Oklahoma City Thunder played the Sacramento Kings and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 103-99 in their last game. Oklahoma City finished with a 35.7% field goal percentage (35 out of 98) and made 11 of their 36 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the charity stripe, the Thunder made 18 of 25 tries for a percentage of 72.0%. Regarding pulling down boards, they earned a total of 57 with 17 of them being offensive. They also dished out 21 assists for this contest in addition to creating 12 turnovers and earning 5 steals. In reference to defending, Oklahoma City allowed the other team to go 41.1% from the field on 39 of 95 shooting. Sacramento distributed 25 assists and had 6 steals in this game. On top of that, Sacramento grabbed 49 boards (9 offensive, 40 defensive) and got 4 blocked shots. Sacramento finished the game at 81.3% at the free throw line by knocking down 13 of their 16 shots. They made 12 out of their 43 attempts from 3-point range.
Darius Bazley is someone who had an impact for the contest. He ended up scoring 24 points on 7 out of 18 shooting. He saw the court for 31:59 minutes and snagged 11 rebounds. Bazley ended up shooting 38.9% from the field and recorded 3 assists. One more player that was a determining factor in this game for the Thunder was Luguentz Dort. He had 4 rebounds in his 28:37 minutes on the hardwood. He finished the game at 18.8% from the floor in the matchup by shooting 3-of-16 (10 points). When the final whistle was blown, Dort totaled 4 assists.
Oklahoma City will enter this matchup with a win-loss mark of 21-45 this year. The Thunder are connecting on 34.3% on three-point shots (805 of 2,348) and 72.7% from the free throw line. They average 105.3 pts per contest (28th in basketball) while connecting on 44.1% from the field. They lose possession by turning the ball over 16.3 times per game and as a squad are committing 18.2 personal fouls per game. As a unit, Oklahoma City is collecting 45.8 rebounds per game and has accumulated 1,468 assists on the year, which has them ranked 26th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. When they are on the defensive end, the Thunder are forcing 13.1 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.6 fouls. They give up 36.0% on 3-point shots while they are 26th in basketball in points per game allowed (115.2). The Thunder defense is allowing an opponent FG percentage of 47.1% (864 of 1,227) and they surrender 47.1 rebounds per contest as a group. They rank 24th in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,691 relinquished for the campaign.
In their last game, the Golden State Warriors walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 108-103 against the New Orleans Pelicans. The Warriors pulled down 40 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards for a total of 48 in this matchup. They also turned the ball over 18 times, while recording 7 steals for the matchup. The Pelicans committed 9 personal fouls for the game which got the Warriors to the free throw line for a total of 7 attempts. They were able to knock down 5 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 71.4%. When talking about 3-point shots, Golden State made 20 of 53 tries (37.7%). When all was said and done, the Warriors went 39 out of 93 from the floor which had them shooting 41.9%. The Warriors permitted the Pelicans to knock down 39 of their 97 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 40.2% in this contest. They shot 40.0% from distance by shooting 12 of 30 and finished the contest at 18 of 22 from the free throw line (81.8%). In regard to rebounding, Golden State permitted New Orleans to grab 57 in total (14 on the offensive glass).
Stephen Curry ended up being a factor for the Warriors in the matchup. He buried 13 out of 31 in this contest giving him a rate of 41.9%, and added 9 rebounds. Curry earned 37 points in his 37:06 mins of playing time and added 2 assists for this game. An additional guy that ended up playing a role for Golden State was Andrew Wiggins. He ended up finishing with 3 assists in 38:45 minutes played, and he knocked down 10 of 21 from the floor. Wiggins wrapped this one up going 47.6% from the floor and also collecting 26 points and 6 rebounds.
Golden State has a mark of 33-33 on the campaign. As an offense, the Warriors are shooting 46.6% from the field, which has them ranked 16th in basketball. Golden State has accounted for 7,454 pts on the season (112.9 per contest) and they collect 42.9 rebounds per contest. They are dishing out assists 27.4 times per contest (1st in the league) and they are giving up possession 15.1 times per contest. The Warriors are responsible for committing 21.3 personal fouls every game and they hit 77.9% from the charity stripe. The Warriors on the defensive end are ranked 20th in the league in points allowed per game with 113.1. They are able to force 15.3 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.3% from the floor (3rd in basketball). The Golden State defense gives up 36.4% on 3-pointers (827 of 2,272) and their opponents are converting on 77.8% of their free throw attempts. They have allowed 24.0 assists and 47.7 total boards per game, which has them ranked 7th and 30th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Golden State (-14)
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