Free NBA Playoffs Pick: Spurs vs Thunder Lines
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Round 2: Game 4
Date: Sunday May 8
Time: 9:30PM EST
Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Spurs -1
NBA Betting Total: 198.5
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San Antonio didn’t wait long to steal the momentum back as they took Game 3 behind a strong defensive performance.
Now they look to take complete control of the series here in Game 4 when the two teams meet on Sunday night.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City had to battle back all night long as they found themselves behind consistently in Game 3. They never let the Spurs run away with the game, but late game execution was the difference.
The Thunder failed down the stretch with sloppy offensive possessions and bad defense that led to giving the Spurs the game.
Westbrook and Durant once again led the Thunder as the PG put in 31 points with 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Durant added 26 himself, but the efforts weren’t enough here.
The key for Oklahoma City to focus on here in Game 4 will be taking care of the basketball. They had multiple turnovers down the stretch of the game that led to the Spurs getting easy buckets or free throws. Giving away possessions down the stretch against good teams is recipe for disaster.
San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs took advantage of every little mistake the Thunder made and made them pay in a big way in Game 3.
LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard paced the Spurs in this one, hitting free throws down the stretch and getting big buckets when they needed it the most. Aldridge had 24 points and 8 rebounds, while Leonard led the Spurs with 31.
The Spurs won this game on the defensive end with a smart strategy. They continued to force the ball out of Russell Westbrook’s hands throughout the final stages of the game.
That stems from Leonard, the defensive player of the year, making big close outs. Look for the Spurs to use that same mentality in Game 4 as they want anybody not named Westbrook or Durant to beat them.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Spurs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
- Spurs are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Conference Semifinals games.
- Spurs are 17-6 ATS in their last 23 games following a straight up loss.
- Thunder are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Thunder are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Conference Semifinals games.
- Thunder are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Free San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Prediction:
Oklahoma City had a chance to gain complete control of this series.
However, all the momentum they did have is now gone and it’s the Spurs who have the mental edge here.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: San Antonio Spurs -1
Look for the Spurs to once again get to the Thunder here thanks to their stellar defensive efforts.
NBA Free Score Prediction: San Antonio Spurs 102- Oklahoma City 94
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