Tuesday, October 16 at 10:30 PM ET
A short-handed Oklahoma City Thunder visit the defending champions Golden State Warriors in the second game of Tuesday's NBA opening night doubleheader. These two teams split their four meetings last season with the Warriors winning the last two contests, including a 111-107 road victory on April 3.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Russell Westbrook-Paul George-Carmelo Anthony trio did not go past the first round of the playoffs last season, so the Thunder tried to add by substracting, shipping out Anthony and attempting to build a more well-rounded, cohesive team.
Oklahoma City unloaded Anthony because they were able to receive Dennis Schroder, a solid starting point guard with the Hawks and he can become the best sixth man in the league and re-sign Paul George, who was expected the join his hometown Lakers. The Thunder will have a versatile and athletic starting lineup and if their young players develop quickly they can be a very dangerous team.
Golden State Warriors
The Warriors have won three of the last four NBA titles, having claimed the last two back-to-back and they have a roster that is the envy of the league, populated by All-Stars and future Hall of Famers and their head coach Steve Kerr is bright and competitive and that's not all.
Golden State didn't expect it but All-Star free agent center DeMarcus Cousins fell on their lap on a one-year, $5.3 million contract. Cousins is recovering from heel injury and he needed a place to rebuild his value. When will he return? How will he fit in with this talented roster? Will he embrace a lesser role behind Durant, Curry, Thompson and Green?
The Under is:
6-2 in Oklahoma City's last eight road games
11-5 in Oklahoma City's last 16 games overall
11-3 in Golden State's last 14 games overall
21-7-1 in Golden State's last 29 games after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game
10-1 in the last 11 meetings in Golden State
13-3 in the last 16 meetings
Russell Westbrook is still nursing a knee injury and he will miss this game and Andre Roberson suffered a setback in his recovery from left knee surgery and he's expected to be out until December. An offense built around Paul George and Steven Adams with no real shooters to speak of won't help this total go Over.
The Thunder have a chance to see if their offseason moves will help them make up any ground on the Warriors right out of the gate and not having Westbrook gives guys like Dennis Schroder a chance to step up and prove they can contribute.
NBA Pick: Under 220.5 (-110) at Jazz Sports