After torching the Oklahoma City Thunder (43-18) for a game-high 46 points and hitting the game-winning three-pointer in last Saturday’s 121-118 overtime victory as three-point road favorites, reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry just hopes to be on the court when the Golden State Warriors (54-5) host the rematch Thursday night.
Curry suffered an ankle injury in that meeting and missed the following game but figures to be back as Golden State tries to tie the league record for most consecutive home wins at 44.
The Warriors nearly did not have this chance to tie the mark set by the Chicago Bulls during the 1995-96 regular season, needing overtime again to hold off the Atlanta Hawks 109-105 and failing to cover the spread as 5.5-point home favorites at sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark.
They got a team-high 26 points from Klay Thompson, while Draymond Green almost had a triple-double with 15 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists. Green’s three-pointer in the final minute of overtime helped Golden State escape with its 43rd consecutive home victory.
Despite the winning streak, the team is just 3-7 against the spread in its last 10 at home.
Meanwhile, the Thunder are coming off another devastating loss in the second game of a four-game road trip, falling to the Los Angeles Clippers 103-98 as two-point favorites Wednesday. They led 58-38 at halftime and completely collapsed in the fourth quarter when they were outscored by a 35-13 margin.
Defensively, Oklahoma City has been terrible since the All-Star break, giving up an average of 111.7 points in seven games, with the over cashing four times for totals bettors.
Surprisingly, the last two meetings between the Thunder and Warriors in Oakland have both gone under the total, according to the Odds Shark NBA Database.
The most recent meeting played at Oracle Arena saw Golden State win 116-108 as a 7.5-point favorite on February 6, with the total falling well below the closing number of 233.5.
Without Andre Iguodala’s two free throws that forced overtime last Saturday at Oklahoma City, the total would have also gone under 234, as 33 points were scored in the extra session.
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