January 22, 2014 at 3:14 PM #53098
Qbin Missile CrisisKeymaster
Venue/ Stadium: AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Time/Date: 8 PM EST Tuesday, January 22, 2014
NBA Odds From: Bovada
Spread: Spurs -6
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs Preview
The Thunder are 24-18 ATS with an O/U record of 20-22 and the Spurs are 21-20 ATS with an O/U record of 24-16-1.
Russell Westbrook – PG- Out
Tiago Splitter – C- Out
Tony Parker – PG- Day to Day
Danny Green – G – Out
This season the Spurs are 17-6 at home and the Thunder are 13-7 on the road.
In their last games the Thunder beat the Portland Trailblazers 105-97 and the Spurs beat the Milwaukee Bucks 104-86.
Might this be a preview of the Western Conference finals? Both teams are playing well and the Spurs have the best record in the West with only a slight ? game lead over the Thunder.
The Thunder have won 4 straight and have stayed on the heels of the Spurs even without Russell Westbrook. Kevin Durant leads the NBA in scoring and has been on a tear averaging nearly 40 ppg in his last 8 games.
Spurs’ leading scorer Tony Parker missed the last game with an injury and is questionable for this game, but I would be surprised if the All Star PG was not in the lineup.
Durant and the Oklahoma City offense will be facing a San Antonio defense that ranks 5th in the league in opponents’ points allowed.
The Thunder are 8-2 in their last 10 games against the Spurs.
Overall the Thunder shot the rock well in last night’s game with Durant having another big night, but the 2 other starters that had the most points in Reggie Jackson and Serge Ibaka were only a combined 11/33 from the floor.
The Thunder hit 10 of their 15 3-pointers against the Blazers and the Spurs have to keep OKC from bombing away from deep.
Durant is obviously the big gun for OKC while the Spurs are a much deeper team with 5 players averaging in double figures. Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili are still getting it done and Kawhi Leonard and Marco Belinelli are each averaging over 11 ppg.
The Spurs do have the best record in the West, but they need to show they can beat the elite teams. They have already lost to the Thunder and Rockets twice this season and those are the teams they will likely have to beat in the playoffs to get to the finals.
The Thunder are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record, and they have an Under record of 6-1 in their last 7 games.
The Spurs are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record, and they have an Under record of 5-1 in their last 6 games.
The Thunder are 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 games against the Spurs.
Jason’s Pick: The Spurs might win this game, but with Durant and the OKC defense playing well they will at least cover the spread tonight in the Lone Star State.
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