NBA Betting: Warriors at Thunder Game 3 Odds
Written by Mike Rose of North Shore Sports, INC
As the leader in the sports betting industry, BookMaker is the premier sportsbook to find NBA spreads, totals and moneylines every night. Sign up at BookMaker to access the earliest NBA online odds that will help cash your basketball bets. The Game 3 matchup between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder will come off the board at 8:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Catch the action live nationally on TNT.
It’ll be interesting to see how both the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder take to the floor on Sunday night after having three-plus days to rest up and get back to it. Will rust set in, or will it be just the perfect amount of time off for both teams to play to the high scorer oddsmakers have expected with sky high totals the first two games?
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The Warriors have been the decided favorite in all five of their match-ups with the Thunder this season, and they’re 3-1-1 ATS to show for their work. After shockingly getting upset in Game 1 as 7.5-point chalk, oddsmakers laid a trap in Game 2 boosting the pointspread up a point and a half.
Golden State had absolutely no issue disposing of the Thunder Wednesday night en route to securing the 118-91 home win and cover to move to 7-1 SU and ATS when in the comforts of their own arena this postseason.
The road has been where the defending champs have been most susceptible in these playoffs however with Coach Kerr’s squad dropping a game in both Houston and Portland and getting pushed to the brink once again in Game 4 versus the Blazers.
Oklahoma City has been defeated on its own floor twice in the second season, but it’s road prowess got it to this point. The Thunder pushed and covered the two times they hosted the Dubs in the regular season.
The stars have come out to play for the winning team in the first two games of this series.
Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant combined for 53 of the Thunder’s 108 points scored in Game 1, but the duo also got solid contributions from Serge Ibaka, Steven Adams and Deion Waiters both offensively and defensively to steal home court advantage.
It was the Steph Curry show in Game 2 as he put the Dubs on his back en route to logging 28 points on 9-of-15 shooting which included a 5-of-8 showing from downtown that for all intents and purposes crushed the Thunder’s will to fight.
Though Kevin Durant went for a game-high 29 points in Game 2 following his 26 point performance in the series opener, he looked tired out there. The proof was in the pudding as the All-Star forward tallied a team-high eight turnovers and was sloppy throughout.
With 72 hours to rest up for this one, make it a point to see what his shooting stroke looks like in this one. Golden State allowed the Trail Blazers to go bonkers from long range in Games 3 & 4 in Portland last round, and if the time off gives KD the time he needs to have the energy for one of those 40+ point performances, there likely won’t be a total set high enough on the live betting lines not to continue hitting the over.
The under cashed in two of these rival’s three regular season meetings. However, the lone over occurred in the “Thunderdome” where the Warriors escaped with a 121-118 win and push on the closing pointspread. The combined total soared past the closing number of 233.5 to move it to 4-0-1 the last five times these teams squared off in Oklahoma City.
For all intents and purposes, this series has grossly failed to live up to oddsmakers expectations with both games combining to go under the closing total by an average of 14.5 points per game. The total will likely be suppressed a bit because of it adding more value to the line for over bettors chasing losses in the first two games.
NBA Odds: Warriors 120, Thunder 118