Scheduled for 10:00 PM ET on Tuesday, April 4, 2023, the Warriors (41-38) and Thunder (38-41) are poised to engage in yet another thrilling encounter, with OKC looking to split the regular season series.
The Warriors are an 8.0 point favorite against the Thunder with both teams fighting for placement in a competitive Western conference.
Coming into this matchup, the Warriors hold a 27-22 record against Western Conference teams and rank sixth in the West.
In contrast, the Thunder have a 23-26 record against conference opponents and are fighting to extend their one game lead over the Mavericks to solidify their play-in position.
These teams will face off for the fourth time this season. In the last meeting on March 8, the Thunder defeated the Warriors 137-128, with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander leading the way for the Thunder with 33 points, and Stephen Curry scoring 40 points for the Warriors.
Curry is averaging 29.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per game, while Warriors shooting guard Jordan Poole has also been a top performer, averaging 19.8 points and 4.2 assists over the past 10 games.
On the other side, Jalen Williams averages 14.1 points per game and 4.5 rebounds for Oklahoma, while Gilgeous-Alexander has averaged 26.6 points and 3.8 rebounds over the last 10 games.
Over their last 10 games, Golden State hold a 5-5 record and average 118.8 points, 45.3 rebounds, and 29.4 assists per game. They’re shooting 48.3 percent from the field over this stretch and also allowing their opponents to score an average of 117.4 points per game, something they’ll look to improve with the return of Andrew Wiggins.
Meanwhile, the Thunder hold a 4-6 record over their last 10 games and average 114.6 points, 42.0 rebounds, and 21.1 assists per game while shooting 45.1 percent from the field but allow their opponents to score an average of 119.5 points per game.
Everything points towards this game being a shootout between the reigning NBA Champions and an exciting, young OKC team.
ODDS & PREDICTIONS
The Thunder are traveling to the Bay Area to face the Golden State in their fourth and final regular season match. Both teams need a win to improve their conference standings with the end of the regular season looming.
If the Thunder win, they will fall half a game behind the Timberwolves, but still be 1.5 games ahead of the Mavericks, securing their position as the 10th seed. This seeding could potentially see these two teams face off in the play-in.
If the Warriors win, they will surpass the Clippers by half a game for 5th seed.
Dallas are reportedly considering shutting down Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving for the remainder of the season, so the Thunder could become complacent going into a crucial match.
Spread: Golden State -8
Moneyline: Golden State -336, Oklahoma City +263
Pick: Thunder +8
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