Odds Updated May 23rd, 2016
The Oklahoma City Thunder needed only 6 games to beat the San Antonio Spurs in the second round of the NBA Playoffs. Now, the Thunder battles the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors for the NBA Western Conference Championship. Golden State has the home court advantage throughout the 7-game series. The first game tips-off this Monday, May 16 at 9:00 pm ET in Oracle Arena.
If you are betting on Oklahoma City to win the Western Conference finals then the Thunder pay $350 on $300 while Golden State pays $100 on $420 for second straight NBA finals trip for the Warriors.
Warriors-Thunder series will feature:
-Last 3 MVP Winners (Curry 2x, Durant)
-6 of last 7 scoring champs (Curry, Westbrook, Durant 4x)
— Kevin Negandhi (@KNegandhiESPN) May 13, 2016
A Closer Look At How To Bet The Oklahoma City Thunder Vs Golden State Warriors NBA Playoff Western Conference Finals Odds & My Free Pick
To get here, Oklahoma City dominated the Spurs when winning 3 straight games. One of the wins was a 95 to 91 victory over the Spurs as a +7 point road dog on May 10. 2-time NBA MVP Steph Curry returned from an injury to lead the Warriors to 2 straight victories over Portland in a 4 to 1 series win versus the Blazers.
To open the NBA playoffs, Golden State beat Houston 4 to 1 in Round 1 and then went on to beat Portland 4 to 1 in Round 2. The Warriors are an excellent 8 and 2 so far in the NBA Playoffs. Oklahoma City beat Dallas 4 to 1 in Round 1. Then, as almost an underdog in every game versus San Antonio, beat the Spurs 4 to 2 in 6 games. Both teams go into the NBA Western Conference Championship hot.
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Why Bet The Oklahoma City Thunder To Win NBA Western Conference At +350
The Thunder has 2 go-to-guys that nobody on Golden State’s team save for Steph Curry compares too. Russell Westbrook was absolutely fantastic during the series versus the Spurs. He scored 28 points, dished 12 assists and grabbed 3 boards versus San Antonio in the Thunder’s 113 to 99 win on May 12. Kevin Durant stepped up on May 8 when scoring 41 points, dishing 4 assists and grabbing 5 boards. With both of those guys playing for OKC, the Thunder should have a shot.
Why Bet The Golden State Warriors To Win The NBA Western Conference at -420
Steph Curry is the best basketball player on the planet. Golden State isn’t a one-dimensional team. Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes and a deep bench all contribute. But it’s Curry that the Warriors lean on in order to win basketball games in the playoffs. He returned versus Portland on May 9 and dropped 40 points with 8 assists and 9 boards in a stunning 132 to 125 overtime win. In the next game versus the Blazers, Curry dropped 29 while dishing 11 assists and grabbing 2 boards. Steph is unreal.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Golden State dominated Oklahoma City when going 3 and 0 straight up during the regular season. What’s in the Thunder’s favor is that none of the games occurred after March 3.
Oklahoma City has become a much better team defensively than what they were on March 3. Matchup wise, the Thunder should have no shot in this series. But I’m impressed at how they held the Spurs to 100 points or less in 5 out of the 6 games during the series.
They won’t need to hold Golden State to less than 100 points. What Oklahoma City will have to do is lean on Westbrook and Durant on the offensive end while playing tough team defense and blocking out for boards when on defense, just like they did to the Spurs. I think that Oklahoma City is worth a shot at the odds.