Western Conference Finals: Game 7 Preview and Prediction

(Kevin Jairaj-USA Today Sports)

 Game Information

  • Series Tied 3-3
  • Game 1: Thunder 108, Warriors 102
  • Game 2: Warriors 118, Thunder 91
  • Game 3: Thunder 133, Warriors 105
  • Game 4: Thunder 118, Warriors 94
  • Game 5: Warriors 120, Thunder 111
  • Game 6: Warriors 108, Thunder 101
  • Location: Oracle Arena
  • Time: Monday, May 30, at 9:00 PM ET
  • Betting Odds: GSW -7

Key Information

After a Game 6 takeover by Klay Thompson, the Warriors stay alive, forcing Game 7. Here’s Zaza Pachulia on the importance of Game 7s:

On a more serious note, the Warriors are playing like the 73-9 Warriors again, and the Thunder don’t yet have a solution for it. With Klay Thompson setting records for single game and Stephen Curry coming up big in clutch moments, the Warriors look unstoppable right now. But no one should be counting out the Thunder.

Oklahoma City is 8-1 this year following back-to-back losses. Kevin Durant’s stats in those games: 27.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, 5.4 assists on 50 FG%. There’s no doubt that the Thunder lose if Kevin Durant plays to a level below these standards.

In order for the Thunder to pull off this upset, Durant, Westbrook, and Ibaka are going to have to play for 40-plus minutes each. I can all but guarantee that if Westbrook and Durant are under 50% shooting the Thunder are losing this game.

If the Thunder get down early, I don’t see them fighting back into the game. Points come quickly for the Warriors, especially when Curry and Thompson are hitting. Andre Roberson has been the best matchup on Klay Thompson so far this series, but foul trouble has factored into his lack of aggressiveness late in games. If Roberson can stay out of foul trouble, he should be able to contain Klay.

This game may well be the biggest game in OKC’s franchise history. They have more motivation to win tonight than ever, but it is still a long shot. The Warriors have all the momentum, they have the best player in the league, and one of the best home court advantages in the league.

It is unlikely that Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook struggle like they did in Game 6. It is also unlikely that Steph Curry and Klay Thompson combine for 17 three-pointers on 55%.

Warning: I’m going to be bold here. I think the Thunder pull off a miracle. Kevin Durant will figure out Andre Iguodala’s defense, it’s only a matter of time before he has an efficient 40 point game, I think it comes tonight. Stephen Curry has been out-playing Russell Westbrook the past two games, I don’t think that happens again.

With this bold prediction being said, I still realize that it is a long shot, but I see the cockiness from Golden State and the desperation from OKC. I think they pull it off.

Prediction

Thunder 115, Warriors 111

 

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