Thunder-Warriors Opening Night Betting Preview: Can OKC Function Without Westbrook?

Oct 16, 2018 1:00 PM EDT
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Betting odds: Oklahoma City Thunder at Golden State Warriors

  • Spread: Warriors -13
  • Over/Under: 220.5
  • Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: TNT

The first night of the 2018-19 NBA season is finally upon us, and our NBA crew is here to discuss what it’s watching for, plus its favorite bets and betting trends to know for tonight’s second game.

What Moore Is Watching For

Russell Westbrook is unlikely to play in the opener, and no Andre Roberson, either.

Not. Great. Bob.

Westbrook’s relentless attack gives the Warriors problems, as we’ve seen through the years, and Golden State gets up for these games after a close call in 2016, even without Russ. An offense built around Paul George and Steven Adams, with no real shooters to speak of, does not bode well against maybe the most prolific offense of all time.

That line is so high, and Golden State’s focus will be wavering by the fourth quarter, as a shoddy bench unit probably fills early minutes. Then again, the Warriors tend to play their starters even in blowouts to get the numbers where they need them. I despise this line and everything it stands for, and it’s a bummer that this is the late game on opening night.

One matchup to watch: Adams is going to get a higher touch rate than normal. OKC has long believed he’s capable of more if he could just get the ball sometimes. Without Westbrook’s drive and drop-off, it’ll be interesting to see if that happens and how much the Warriors decide to key in on him. If Golden State shuts down Adams, the Thunder may score in the 80s, even in a fast-paced game. Matt Moore

The Thunder Are Not Good Without Westbrook and Roberson

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