Golden State (1-2) at Oklahoma City (2-1)
When: Tuesday, May 24th 2016
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
Time: 9:05 ET | TV: TNT
The Golden State Warriors will look to bounce back from one their worst defeats of the season when they visit the Oklahoma City Thunder for Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday. The Thunder won the battle in every aspect of Game 3 in the 133-105 route. They outrebounded Golden State 52-38 and outscored them on the fast break 29-13. Oklahoma City went to the free-throw line 37 times, making 33 of them and Kevin Durant was 12-for-12. Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 63 points, 16 rebounds and 14 assists in the victory and lowered their turnover total from 11 in Game 2 to only five in Game 3. Enes Kanter collected 10 points and 12 rebounds on Sunday for his first double-double since the playoff opener against Dallas on April 16th.
With the game tied at 40 with under nine minutes left in the first half, the Thunder went on a huge run, outscoring the Warriors 32-7 over the rest of the half while holding the best shooting team in the NBA to 2-of-23 from the field over that span. Warriors All-Star Draymond Green was held to six points on 1-of-9 shooting in the loss and was whistled for a flagrant foul for kicking Oklahoma center Steven Adams in the groin in the second quarter. After the NBA reviewed the tape on Monday, Green will not be suspended for Game 4. Green set an NBA record with a -43 team point differential, a stat that has been only kept for 10 years. Golden State is 12-0 in games following a loss this season and must find a way to make it 13 or the series could be over.
I really think the Thunder have the Warriors number right now. Since Game 1 of the San Antonio series, this Oklahoma City team has been playing out of it’s mind. Durant and Westbrook are in a groove and I think they win the rebounding battle again tonight. The team with the most rebounds has won all three games in this series. I’m taking the Thunder.
Pick: Thunder +2