The Oklahoma City Thunder take on the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors tonight in game 1 of the Western Conference finals and we have all the info on the game time, free live streaming options, odds, game preview and more.
The Thunder/Warriors match-up has the potential to be a 7-game series, one filled with fast-paced action and some high-scoring theatrics, so you’re not going to want to miss a second of all the action.
Here’s everything you need to know for game 1:
Time & TV Channel: The game airs live from Oracle Arena, in Oakland, at 9 P.M. EST on TNT
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Odds & Preview: The Golden State Warriors (+7 for game 1 by Odds Shark) may have struggled a bit without Steph Curry, but now that he is back and looking better than ever they are once again the odds on favorites to win not just this series, but the whole championship and cap off their record-setting 73 win season.
OKC, on the other hand, stunned many by finally playing to their potential and ousting another record setting team this season, the San Antonio Spurs to get to the finals.
They are a serious threat to the Warriors advancing and while I think Golden State will ultimately prevail, they are a serious threat that should not be overlooked.
The Warriors won all 3 games against OKC in the regular season, but those games were close, including an overtime win thanks to a 30 foot 3-pointer by Curry.
I expect this series to be more of the same, with OKC’s defense and Curry’s health being 2 key factors.
The combination of Durant and Westbrook can keep pace with Curry and Thompson, while the rest of the team has a strong, physical game that will test the Warriors endurance and maneuverability.
So if Curry isn’t 100% or has to sit for any reason that could be a game-changer, as the Thunder’s stellar defense will have a much easier time shutting them down.
The mind sets of Westbrook and Durant, particularly Westbrook, will also be a key factor.
OKC is notorious for blowing big leads and Westbrook has a tendency to play sloppy and make rash decisions when things get tight; if the Thunder want to win Westbrook will need to keep cool and lead, not react.
My prediction? Game 1 goes to the Warriors 108-100.
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