Oklahoma City Thunder vs Golden State Warriors Prediction, 5/8/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Golden State Warriors
Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021
Location: Chase Center in San Francisco, CA
TV: NBC Sports Bay Area
The Golden State Warriors (34-33) host the Oklahoma City Thunder (21-46) at Chase Center on Saturday.
The Oklahoma City Thunder faced off with the Golden State Warriors and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 118-97 in their last contest. Oklahoma City finished the game with a 40.9% FG percentage (36 out of 88) and knocked down 9 of 39 three-point attempts. When they shot from the free throw line, the Thunder converted 16 of 20 tries for a percentage of 80.0%. With respect to pulling down rebounds, they collected a total of 39 with 5 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 21 dimes for the matchup in addition to forcing the other team into 13 turnovers and earning 9 steals. Regarding defense, Oklahoma City allowed their opponent to shoot 48.8% from the floor on 42 out of 86 shooting. Golden State doled out 36 assists and had 4 steals in the matchup. Furthermore, Golden State grabbed 49 boards (7 offensive, 42 defensive) and had 1 block. Golden State finished the contest at 83.3% at the free throw line by making 15 of 18 attempts. They also knocked down 19 of 47 shots from long range.
Darius Bazley is a player who had an impact for this game. He left the arena with 22 points on 7 out of 19 shooting. He saw the court for 28:37 minutes played and also grabbed 3 rebounds. Bazley went 36.8% from the field and totaled 2 assists. An additional guy that had an impact in this matchup for the Thunder was Theo Maledon. He grabbed 4 rebounds in his 29:47 minutes on the basketball court. He finished 41.7% from the field for this game by shooting 5-of-12 (15 points). In all, Maledon earned 8 assists.
Oklahoma City enters this contest with a record of 21-46 on the year. They turn it over 16.2 times per contest and as a group are committing 18.2 fouls per game. As a unit, Oklahoma City is collecting 45.7 rebounds per game and has earned 1,489 assists on the campaign, which is 26th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. The Thunder are shooting 34.1% on three-point attempts (814 of 2,387) and 72.8% from the free throw line. They average 105.2 points per outing (28th in the league) while going 44.1% from the field. Defensively, the Thunder are able to force 13.1 turnovers every game and they draw 18.6 personal fouls. The Thunder defense is giving up a FG percentage of 47.2% (878 of 1,246) and they relinquish 47.1 boards per game as a squad. They are currently ranked 27th in the league in giving up assists with 1,727 conceded this year. They concede 36.1% on shots from distance while they are 26th in the league in points per game allowed (115.2).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Golden State Warriors went home victorious with a score of 118-97 when they faced the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Warriors recorded 42 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds for a total of 49 in the matchup. They also coughed up the ball 13 times, while earning 4 steals for the contest. The Thunder were called for 19 personal fouls for the game which took the Warriors to the charity stripe for a total of 18 shots. They were able to knock down 15 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 83.3%. In reference to shooting from downtown, Golden State buried 19 of 47 attempts (40.4%). When the final whistle was blown, the Warriors shot 42 for 86 from the floor which had them shooting 48.8%. The Warriors allowed the Thunder to knock down 36 of their 88 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 40.9% in this matchup. They shot 23.1% from 3-point land by shooting 9 out of 39 and finished the game at 16 of 20 at the free throw line (80.0%). When talking about rebounding, Golden State permitted Oklahoma City to pull down 39 overall (5 on the offensive side).
Stephen Curry ended up being a factor for the Warriors in the matchup. He converted 11 of 21 in this game for a field goal percentage of 52.4%, and totaled 4 rebounds. Curry earned 34 points in his 31:21 mins of playing time and totaled 7 assists for the contest. One more player that was pivotal for Golden State was Andrew Wiggins. He finished with 4 assists in 32:16 mins played, and he shot 7 of 18 from the floor. Wiggins wrapped this one up going 38.9% from the floor and also contributing 18 points and 7 total rebounds.
Golden State has a mark of 34-33 this season. On the offensive side of the ball, the Warriors are hitting on 46.6% from the field, which ranks them 17th in the NBA. Golden State has accounted for 7,572 pts this season (113.0 per game) and they pull in 43.0 boards per contest. They are dishing out assists 27.6 times per game (1st in the league) and they are turning it over 15.1 times per contest. The Warriors commit 21.3 fouls every game and they shoot 77.9% from the charity stripe. The Warriors are ranked 20th in basketball in points given up per game with 112.8. They relinquish 23.9 assists and 47.6 boards per contest, which is 7th and 28th in basketball. The Golden State defense concedes 36.2% on shots from beyond the arc (836 of 2,311) and their opponents are converting on 77.8% of their free throw attempts. They are able to force 15.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 45.2% from the field (3rd in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Golden State
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