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Bay Area Battle: Westbrook's Thunder Huge Underdogs vs. Durant's Warriors

In what’s unquestionably the biggest game of the young NBA season, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will square off as opponents for the first time when the Oklahoma City Thunder invade Oracle Arena for a date with the stacked Golden State Warriors on Thursday.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in six of the Thunder's last seven games on the road against the Warriors.
  • The Warriors are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games.
  • The Thunder are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games after losing the previous game in a matchup.

Oddsmakers initially set the Warriors as healthy 11-point home faves with a total of 226.5.

Golden State rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the Western Conference finals to defeat OKC last spring, a comeback that played a major part in Durant’s decision to join the Dubs. Westbrook and Durant have spent the summer trading barbs, and it’s quite clear there’s no shortage of animosity between the former teammates.

Westbrook has led the Thunder to a 4-0 start in the post-Durant era, which isn’t much of a surprise. The explosive point guard is averaging an eye-popping 37.8 points per game on 46 percent shooting so far. Westbrook has eclipsed the 32-point mark in every game, including a 51-point effort against the lowly Phoenix Suns on October 28.

Durant has fit in just fine with the Warriors offense, but his teammates have struggled to duplicate the effort. The University of Texas product is averaging 28.5 points and shooting 57 percent from the field with his new squad.

The Thunder have historically struggled to cover the spread in the Bay Area, going 1-7 ATS in their last eight trips to Oakland.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sports bettors looking to pick the Golden State Warriors as their prediction for this matchup, they were listed earlier as -10.5-point favorites on the betting odds board at Bovada. Those betting on the total over/under for points scored have seen that line set at 223 for Thursday at shops such as MyBookie.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 110-108 win for the Warriors on Thursday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Golden State Warriors Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Golden State Warriors currently sport a record of 2-1, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 0-3 ATS. The Oklahoma City Thunder are 4-0 and 2-2 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Warriors post a 2-1 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Thunder have gone 1-3 against the total number of points scored. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Golden State vs Oklahoma City injuries news.

The betting Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 1-rated Oklahoma City Thunder taking on the No. 2-rated Golden State Warriors in this NBA contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Golden State's No. 1-ranked offense averaging 113.75 PPG, against a Oklahoma City Thunder defense that ranks No. 7 at 96.5 PPG. The Golden State Warriors field goal percentage has averaged 48.56% so far, more than the Oklahoma City Thunder shooters have achieved on the year, 42.82% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Thunder got a 35-point performance from Russell Westbrook as Oklahoma City handed Los Angeles a 85-83 defeat on Wednesday at STAPLES Center.

Portland was run off the court by the Warriors on Tuesday as Golden State blasted the Trail Blazers 127-104 at Moda Center.

Betting Trends
  • Oklahoma City is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Oklahoma City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oklahoma City's last 6 games
  • Oklahoma City is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Golden State is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Golden State's last 6 games
  • Golden State is 12-5 ATS in its last 17 games at home
  • Golden State is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Oklahoma City home to Minnesota, Saturday, November 5th
Golden State at Los Angeles, Friday, November 4th