Putting together my NBA picks for upcoming games got me thinking about writing an article on basketball. Given tonight’s soon to be epic rivalry between Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, the timing seemed to be perfect for penning a few thoughts. Tonight’s game will be an absolute barn burner between two of the best teams in the Western Conference, and a settling of scores between two former teammates.
NBA Picks – Kevin Durant and GSW
There was a lot of speculation that Kevin Durant would remain with the Oklahoma City Thunder this year given the deep and exciting run that they had in last season’s NBA playoffs. Coming within one game of going to the championship, OKC showed that powered by Durant and Westbrook’s elite talents that they were legit.
This was no small thing given that they competed with the likes of the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, and the LA Clippers who all remain contenders. Given all of that, OKC should have been poised to make another deep run towards getting their first championship. But Durant’s public admiration of Steph Curry and GSW proved to be foreshadowing as he jumped ship at season’s end.
NBA Picks – Russell Westbrook and OKC
It’s doubly painful when a star decamps for a conference rival as well as the team that put you out of the playoffs the year before. This is even truer when the two main stars on the team have become good friends over eight years of struggle to put a competitive team in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma? Anyway, Russell Westbrook has remained pretty mum on the subject of Kevin Durant’s offseason move to the Warriors, and Durant hasn’t said a ton about it either. Both teams are off to strong starts and OKC remains unbeaten. It would be an incredible statement by Westbrook and company to come into the Oracle Arena in Oakland and beat Durant and his new team. The Thunder and Russell are +10.5 under dogs on the point spread, and Durant and the Warriors are -750 on the moneyline. I can’t say I like either the moneyline or the point spread much, and the 222.5 Over Under seems thin on value as well.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors – Prop Bets
This is the trouble with handicapping emotional games when putting together NBA picks- they are much harder to make a reasonable decision on what the likely outcome will be. What do I mean by that? Think about it this way- Westbrook and the Thunder are going to be absolutely fired up for this game as it is all about pride. Durant will be feeling guilty and a bit ashamed seeing his old teammates, and the Warriors will be confused when they try and key off Durant. This might be an excellent spot to find value in some NBA picks relating to basketball prop bets on tonight’s games. How about betting on Westbrook scoring over 32.5 points for the game?
Smart NBA Picks – OKC Point Spread
Will this be how it goes down? I don’t know but it could be and that’s the problem. So, all the yada yada aside what are my NBA picks for the OKC vs. GSW game? I like taking Oklahoma on the +10.5 point spread. I think it is going to be very tough for the Thunder to upset the Warriors at home, but I think there is enough emotional elements to keep it closer than the spread says. This is a bit of a “gut” bet and I think I like the idea of it more than the actual value- which is half the fun of betting sports online!
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