Curry, Durant lead Warriors past Thunder in festive opener

Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant congratulating his teammate Stephen Curry for nailing a three-pointer during their 108-100 opening win over the Oklahoma City Thunder

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Unsurprisingly, given the dynasty now in place at the Golden State Warriors, it comes as no surprise that Steph Curry and co are comfortably the most backed side to capture the NBA Championship.

Paul George scored 27 points for the Thunder, who struggled to find an offensive groove while missing star Russell Westbrook because of knee surgery last month.

The two-time Most Valuable Player collected his championship ring for leading Golden State to a third National Basketball Association title in four campaigns, before powering the Warriors past the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-100 in their season opener at the Oracle Arena on Tuesday.

Most teams don't begin until Wednesday, and James' first regular-season game with the Lakers doesn't come until Thursday, when they visit Portland. "The first game could go either way with timing and overall execution", Curry said.

Curry, who hit 11 of 20 shots and 5 of 9 3-point attempts, also found time for nine assists and eight rebounds.

Joel Embiid led the 76ers with 23 points and 10 rebounds while Ben Simmons finished with 19 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists.

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The Warriors were 34-47-1 against the spread past year, putting bookmakers in the unenviable position of having to continue to put massive spreads up for a team that clearly wasn't invested in covering. The Warriors will move to a new arena in San Francisco next season.

After the Warriors received their rings Tuesday night and followed the celebration up with an easy victory over the Thunder, Tony posted an Instagram comment on his brother's post, writing, "Filling the hand up before we get outta here!"

The Celtics went 55-27 last season when Gordon Hayward missed the entire year and Kyrie Irving didn't play 22 games.

Donovan attributed the Thunder's success in turning over the Warriors to length on drives and players pulling across and defending together when the ball changed sides of the floor. We have a lot of things to work on. "I already know what this organization is about".

Why exactly is Houston projected to win almost nine fewer games than they did a season ago?

Our models project Adams for 13.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 1.2 steals for 32.2 FanDuel points on Tuesday.

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