NBA Playoff Preview: Game 4 – Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder

NBA Playoff Preview: Game 4 – Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder
Date / Time: Tuesday, May 24 – 9 PM ET
Site: Chesapeake Energy Arena – Oklahoma City

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NBA Playoff Preview: Game 4 - Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder

Pointspread: Warriors -1.5
Total: 222 points

This is “nervous time” for the Golden State Warriors as they risk going down three games to one in this series. They were expected to be facing the San Antonio Spurs in this round, and who would have dreamed that neither Golden State nor San Antonio, teams that won 140 games between them, would make it to the NBA Finals. And then the Cleveland Cavaliers are in a more urgent situation as they are now tied at two games apiece with the Toronto Raptors. Currently the Warriors are priced at +147 to win the title in the futures at BetAnySports, while Oklahoma City is at +310, despite the 2-1 lead AND a home game on Tuesday night.

For Golden State, the mission is to shoot better from the floor first and then worry about containing Russell Westbrook. They hit only ten of their 33 attempts from long-range in Game 3, and Klay Thompson simply has to warm up, as he is only 29% from downtown in the series.

The Warriors had come into that Sunday game having held 14 of their previous 15 opponents below 45% from the field. But they let the floodgates open, allowing OKC to score 83 points in the second and third quarters combined, and Westbrook was a little out of character, actually making more than half his shots (10 of 19). He is also surprising some people in this series with his assist-turnover ratio (which is 3.6-to-1).

Can OKC keep Draymond Green down? The multi-talented Golden State power forward is usually filling up a stat sheet, but he had only six points in Game 3, hitting just one of his nine field goal attempts, and his team was outscored by 46 points when he was on the floor. And he is kind of lucky to be eligible for this game, having kicked Steven Adams in the groin during a frustrating moment, an action that got him a flagrant foul call and a $25,000 fine from the league. This Oklahoma City crowd will not be greeting him warmly.

Dion Waiters is giving the Thunder some returns off the bench, as he has an Effective Field Goal Percentage of 53.6% so far. He is by far this team’s most dangerous scoring threat, although BetAnySports sports betting sites patrons should take note that Enes Kanter, who has been one of the NBA’s better offensive rebounders all year, grabbed six of them (and 12 total) in just 18 minutes of play off the pines.

Coach Steve Kerr might fiddle around with a few things, including a smaller lineup, although such a thing would leave the Warriors open to a greater rebounding disadvantage. But maybe transition points is the way for Golden State to make things happen. But we should mention this – the Pace Factor in the first and third games of this series has been 102.1 and 104.3, respectively, and those are the games OKC has won, while the slowest game – Game 2 – which the Warrior won handily, was played at the slowest pace (92.4).

Despite being down two games to one, the Warriors are still the -130 favorites to win this series at BetAnySports, where you get reduced juice as the standard on your NBA betting action, and Bitcoin is accepted as a payment option, along with your Visa card and person-to-person transfers!

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