Warriors Vs Thunder: Golden State Warriors face an uphill task Tuesday night against a rampant Oklahoma City Thunder squad in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
Thunder have the opportunity to assert a 3-1 series lead before the series shifts to Golden State for Game 5 on Thursday. For Stephen Curry and the Warriors, Game 4 is a do-or-die scenario with the possibility of their historic 73-win season ending along with their hopes to repeat as champions.
Draymond Green dodges a bullet
The big headline dominating the series has been Draymond Green’s controversial kick to Steven Adams’ private parts. Many pundits, including Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson, feel the Warriors dodged a bullet with the NBA not ruling a suspension on Green.
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Tipoff: 6 p.m. PT/ 9 p.m. ET
Odds Line: Warriors -1.5 (Spread) Warriors -120 (Money Line)
Green had 6 points (1-9 FG) and 4 rebounds during the Game 3 blowout. Coach Steve Kerr expects his vocal leader to turn things around on Tuesday. “He needs to refocus a little bit. He’ll admit it. It was not one of his best games – in fact, it was one of his worst. The great thing with Draymond is he always turns it around. He’s one of the great competitors that we have in the league, that we have on our team. When things aren’t looking great, he usually plays his best.”
Warriors Vs Thunder: Is this Durant’s time?
Will this be the year Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook finally get the chip? Durant is playing the best postseason basketball of his career. Westbrook hasn’t shot efficiently but is affecting the game on both sides of the floor while taking up the tall assignment of drafting Curry.
Despite Thunder’s hot streak, oddsmakers expect Warriors to return to winning ways. According to SB Nation, “Tuesday night’s total is set at 221.5 points. The OVER is 3-0 in the last three games these two teams have played in Oklahoma City.”
With Green due to start, oddsmakers favour Golden State to level the series at two wins apiece. Curry, too, expects Green to have a bounce-back game. “He’s mentally strong, so nothing that happened last night is going to affect Game 4 except light a fire probably. You can look at trends and all that. In the Houston series, he was able to understand what he needed to do differently. He’s a very smart guy. He has a great eye for the game. I think it matters to him a lot to have an impact on the game. He’ll find a way,” the back-to-back MVP said after Monday’ scrimmage.
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