NBA Betting: West Finals – Game 2: OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER at GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (5/18)

PRO BASKETBALL — May 18

West Finals – Game 2
OKLAHOMA CITY at GOLDEN STATE

(America’s Bookie Line: Warriors -8.5, Total 222.5) — It is certainly conventional thinking to be convinced that Golden State is going to come back strong here, considering that this record-setting team hardly wants to go back to OKC down two games to none. And they may get that “W.” Unquestionably they could get something better out of Steph Curry, who had seven turnovers and made just one field goal in the critical fourth quarter, when the Thunder held Golden State to just 14 points. But you have to remember that it may have taken OKC just a little confidence to get over the hump after those three regular season losses to the Warriors, in which they were right in it, or even ahead, until the late stages. Consider that this is a team that has now scored two road playoff wins over San Antonio, which went 40-1 at the AT&T Center in the regular season, and has now beaten, in Oakland, a Golden State squad that was 39-2 at home, and which, before that, set the NBA all-time record for consecutive home wins in regular season play. What we are saying is that this IS over the hump. They have some matchup edges on top of that, including the ability to control the boards (Warriors have pulled down only 15% of available offensive rebounds in the four meetings, and allowed three OKC players to rebound in the double digits). Andrew Bogut has had limited impact, putting more pressure on the Warrior bench (which had just 16 points on Monday) and thinning the front line a bit. Plus, both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were just 33.3% from the field. One of those two guys has to do a lot better. In other words, there is upside here, and that is what we look for.

PLAY BY JAY: OKLAHOMA CITY +8.5 **

(All information is for news matter only; All games are graded on a scale of 1-4 stars. Lines are subject to change)