NBA Sportsbook Odds Favor Warriors in Bitter Feud
Posted by: Charlie Smith
Having to deal with a bad breakup can be a cringe-worthy affair and it’s something that we all hope to avoid. Unfortunately for the Golden State Warriors’ offseason addition, that’s exactly what he’ll have to contend with. This online NBA betting Wednesday night, Kevin Durant will have to open up his new home to the team he so eagerly departed from, as well as to the player who has nothing nice to say about Durant and who has consistently been delivering triple-doubles ever since the Thunder’s other superstar migrated. So do the bookies think your bet on NBA basketball games should go towards Durant, or towards Russell Westbrook?
NBA SPORTSBOOK ODDS – REGULAR SEASON – Wednesday, January 19th
Oklahoma City Thunder +12½ (-110) 228 (-110) +800
Golden State Warriors -12½ (-110) 228 (-110) -1250
Deservingly so, the Warriors are coming into this bout as the heavy online NBA betting favorite. Golden State had been drifting around the Top 5 in NBA power rankings but their recent merciless 126-91 pounding of the Cleveland Cavaliers settled the debate and cemented the Warriors’ standing as the best team in the NBA. However, as previously mentioned, Durant is consistently lighting up the scoreboard and so far has delivered 19-triple doubles – the most in a season since Wilt Chamberlain delivered 31 back in 1968. But has Westbrook’s valiant efforts been enough to carry the hopes of one team?
Last season, Westbrook and Durant were able to carry Oklahoma City to a 55-27 record as well as a 1st place finish in the Northwest division – the Thunder’s 5th Northwest title in 6 years. Halfway through the season, Westbrook has led his team to a 25-18 record but even accounting for the 19 triple-doubles the 2-time NBA All-Star MVP has delivered, Oklahoma City is still 2 games behind the Jazz in the Northwest. In conclusion, Westbrook’s lone efforts might not be enough for the Thunder to match their 2015-16 success. Westbrook may be delivering a phenomenal season, but at the same time Oklahoma City’s star has drawn criticism for focusing on lighting up the stats sheet instead of being a good teammate, something Durant subtly brought up in the months following his departure from Westbrook.
The underlying stories between these two teams make this contest unmissable for online NBA betting fans. The NBA sportsbook odds may be predicting a bit of a blowout, but given the tension between the two teams it wouldn’t be surprising to see this one come down to the wire.
The Thunder have won 4 out of their last 6 contests, but they’ll be coming into this game with their tail between their legs after being blown out 120-98 by the Clippers. Additionally, Oklahoma City has lost 6 out of their last 11 and is coming into this contest with a 10-12 road record.
On the other hand, the Warriors have won 8 out of their last 9 and have enjoyed a 19-3 home record this season. No matter who they face, the NBA sportsbook odds always favor Golden State.