Warriors vs. Thunder odds 2017: Westbrook, Oklahoma City home underdog for Saturday

The league-leading Warriors (44-8) won both games at Oracle Arena when the Thunder visited in November and last month.

Durant insisted that he's prepared for whatever reaction greets him at Chesapeake Energy Arena. I was there since I was 19 years old, and I grew up there.

It's been well-documented that this contest, in particular, holds more emotional weight than any other because this is Durant's return to Oklahoma City. He's averaging a triple-double with 23.5 points, 11.5 assists and 10.5 rebounds in those games, but Westbrook's shooting a paltry 31.6 percent from the field and also averaging eight turnovers.

Durant set himself up for a rough reception by leaving a championship contender to join the same team that sent him home from the playoffs last spring.

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Kyrie Irving led the Cavs with 28 points.

The Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder collide in a heavyweight Western Conference clash tonight, and the narrative once again revolves around Kevin Durant.

When Kevin Durant spurned the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors in free agency this past offseason, we saw plenty of OKC fans take their anger to the next level.

Russ and Durant's relationship is shaky, to say the least.

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The Cavaliers now return home for a Saturday night home matchup against the Denver Nuggets, the only team they've yet to face this season. Another one comes Saturday with the Golden State Warriors. Golden state also had 14 blocked shots.

After back-to-back jumpers from Westbrook to move ahead by six, Tristan Thompson gave more help to Irving in the high pick and roll, which led to Steven Adams' layup off a Westbrook dish. Nowitzki finished with 20 points, including the tiebreaking bucket off a rebound with three seconds left in regulation.

In Charlotte, James Harden scored 30 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and handed out eight assists to lead the Houston Rockets to a 107-95 victory over the Hornets. Durant exhausted of it - as many reasonable players might in the same circumstance - but he consistently put up a strong public face. The Warriors can still keep their chins up despite Durant's transfer by setting a new single-season National Basketball Association record by simply keeping their average above +12.3. Longtime OKC forward Nick Collison said he rarely keeps in touch with Durant anymore. "But that fan base doesn't have the toxicity of some in bigger, nastier markets, so I expect them to cheer Westbrook nonstop more than they boo Durant".

One of the keys was to force Oklahoma City to execute in the halfcourt, an area where they are not almost as effective.

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That left Tyronn Lue to be questioned about whether he wished he sat his players since they lost anyway. "It was a tough game for us and it was just good to fight through, not give in".


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