NBA Games Feature Thunder at Warriors and Spurs at Cavaliers

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

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The next iteration of the Russell Westbrook vs. Kevin Durant rivalry will be held on Saturday when the Oklahoma City Thunder travel to face the Golden State Warriors. The star duo could never quite get over the hump together in OKC so Durant went and won a title with the Warriors last season. Westbrook now has Paul George and Carmelo Anthony as his sidekicks as they would love to pull an upset in one of the NBA Games of the Week.

The other much-anticipated nationally televised affair will be held on Sunday when the San Antonio Spurs hit the road to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron James’ crew looked discombobulated for most of the season, but a flurry of activity at the trading deadline has seemed to work out as they aim to return to championship contention. San Antonio has been hit hard by the injury bug this season but will undoubtedly be a tough out in the playoffs.

These two games are going to be intriguing to watch in NBA odds.

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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors

Date and Time: Saturday, February 24, 2018, 8:30 p.m. ET

Location: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California

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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors TV Coverage: ABC

The Warriors are actually a half-game behind the Rockets for the best record in the NBA, so they need to play well down the stretch to grab the top seed. Golden State is 44-14 straight up this season and 26-31-1 against the spread. The Warriors have been the favorite in every game they have played.

The Thunder is in fifth place in the Western Conference at 33-26, but is actually only a game-and-a-half ahead of the ninth-place Los Angeles Clippers, so every win or loss could have a great effect down the stretch. Oklahoma City beat the Warriors by 20 points in Oakland just a few games ago so it can certainly be done, but the Thunder will be a big underdog again.

Key Stat

115.8. That’s the number of points per game the Warriors are averaging this season, which is tops in the league. The quartet of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green is one of the most dominant of all-time and is leading the way in another season that is likely to end in a championship.

Oklahoma City held Golden State to 105 points last time out but it will be hard-pressed to keep this group down again.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors Free Picks

Don’t look for Oklahoma City to pull off another road upset. The Warriors are the choice to win this game. Check in on the spread but Golden State could be the pick to cover, as well.

Oklahoma CIty Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors ATS Pick: Warriors to cover

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors Score Prediction: Warriors 123, Thunder 109

San Antonio Spurs vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

Date and Time: Sunday, February 25, 2018, 3:30 p.m. ET

Location: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

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Spurs vs. Cavaliers TV Coverage: ABC

The Spurs are 35-24 on the season and just percentage points ahead of the Timberwolves for the third seed in the Western Conference. San Antonio wants to avoid dropping to No. 4 as that would make the opening-round series tougher.

The Cavaliers are 34-22 and sitting as the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference, but a four-game winning streak heading into the All-Star Break with the new cast around LeBron James has the team feeling like it can make a run and catch the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors.

Injury Report

The Spurs could be without star small forward Kawhi Leonard the rest of the season due to a quadriceps issue, coach Gregg Popovich said recently. That would be a huge blow to their title chances as he is their best player and was an MVP candidate last season.

San Antonio has also been missing LaMarcus Aldridge recently. Even with a healthy Aldridge in the lineup, the absence of Leonard would drop the Spurs from the ranks of legitimate title contenders.

Spurs vs. Cavaliers Free Picks

These teams seem headed in opposite directions. Take the Cavaliers in a low-scoring game behind a strong outing from James and his supporting cast.

Spurs vs. Cavaliers ATS Pick: Take the “under” on the scoring total

Spurs vs. Cavaliers Score Prediction: Cavaliers 105, Spurs 196

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