Oklahoma City Thunder vs Golden State Warriors: Match Preview and Prediction - 25th November 2019
Date & Time: Monday, 25th November 2019 (10:30 PM ET)
Venue: Chase Center, San Franciso, CA
Last game results
Oklahoma City Thunder (5-10): 130-127 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers (22nd November, Friday)
Golden State Warriors (3-14): 113-109 loss to the Utah Jazz (22nd November, Friday)
Oklahoma City Thunder Preview
The Oklahoma City Thunder are a rebuilding team. After trading their star players (Paul George and Russell Westbrook), the Thunder are a mostly young team, and it shows. The Thunder have a 5-10 record as they start their rebuilding process.
The Thunder lost to the Lakers on Friday. Oklahoma City actually played well in this game, as they had six players in double figures. Each of their starters scored 11 or more, and their Sixth man Dennis Schroder scored 13.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the team with 24 points. Steven Adams wasn't too far behind, as he had 22. The young guard and veteran center had good games, and the other starters did their part. Their loss at home to the Lakers marks their third straight loss as they lost to the Clippers and the Lakers (in L.A). The Thunder have a chance to get a win as they face a struggling Golden State Warriors.
Key Player - Shai Gilgeous Alexander
One of the building blocks the Thunder have is Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. They acquired him in the Paul George deal, and so far, he has been solid for the Thunder.
Gilgeous-Alexander averages 19.7 points and 5.3 rebounds. As mentioned, he led the team in scoring in their loss against the Lakers.
Gilgeous-Alexander is one-half of the Thunder's backcourt, as veteran guard Chris Paul runs the point. Being under the tutelage of Paul, Gilgeous-Alexander can learn a lot.
The young guard is off to a good start in Oklahoma City, and he'll continue his play against the Warriors.
Thunder predicted lineup
Danilo Gallinari, Terrance Ferguson, Steven Adams, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Chris Paul
Golden State Warriors Preview
One of the most surprising teams of the season has been the Golden State Warriors (and not in a good way). The former champions are battling injuries, and as a result, a young Warriors team has been pushed to the forefront. So, this season has been an adventure for the Warriors.
The Warriors are 3-14 this season, and as of now, have the worst record of the league. When their veterans (Steph Curry and Draymond Green) return, the Warriors might be better off. However, they have a lot of work ahead of them.
Key Player - Alec Burks
Alec Burks is one of the lone veterans in this current Warriors rotation. He is a scorer/shooter that helped out teams such as the Utah Jazz and Cleveland Cavaliers when they needed an offensive spark. At this point, he has to do the same for the Warriors.
This season, Burks averages 14.9 points and 4.4 rebounds. He has played in 14 games this season and started in five of them. His latest start was in the loss against the Jazz. Burks had 20 points, six rebounds, and three assists. The Warriors need (consistent) offense and a go-to scorer. While Burks is not a long-term option, he can fill that void for now.
Warriors predicted lineup
Eric Paschall, Glenn Robinson III, Willie Cauley-Stein, Alec Burks, Ky Bowman
Thunder vs Warriors Match Prediction
The Thunder are a rebuilding team, but they (currently) have more firepower than the Warriors. If they have a performance like their previous against the Lakers, the Thunder should be able to get this win.
Where to Watch Thunder vs Warriors?
This game will be televised locally but can also be found on NBA League Pass and NBA TV.Published 25 Nov 2019, 03:00 IST