San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/31/14 Game Six
San Antonio Spurs (62-20) at Oklahoma City Thunder (59-23)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 8:30 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
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The San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder will play game six of the Western Conference finals on Saturday night. The Spurs lead the series, 3-1.
The Spurs were finally able to beat the Thunder with Serge Ibaka on the floor, as they shot 51.3 percent from the field and had six players score in the double digits. Tim Duncan had his fifth double-double of the playoffs, and the Spurs have won all five games. With the 117-89 victory, the Spurs are now 9-2 SU in the playoffs when topping 100 points. Of course, scoring has come a little too easy for the Spurs in this series, as they’re shooting 42 percent from downtown and getting 48.6 points from their bench, which is more than 18 points above league average. The Spurs now hope to close it out on the road, a place where they average 104 points on 47.3 percent shooting. The San Antonio Spurs are 53-46 ATS overall and 26-22 ATS on the road.
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The Thunder shot just 25 percent from downtown in the loss and had just three players’ score in the double figures. With the loss, the Thunder are now 1-5 SU in the playoffs when being held to less than 100 points. Nothing has come easy in this series for the Thunder, as they’re averaging 96.4 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 108 points on 47.5 percent shooting. While the Thunder’s defense could certainly improve, the offense is shooting just 30.3 percent from beyond the arc, which is a five percent decrease from their season average. The Thunder have to knock down more threes, including Kevin Durant, who is shooting 36 percent from deep in this series. The good news is the Thunder return home where they average 107.5 points on 47.9 percent shooting. The Oklahoma City Thunder are 52-45-3 ATS overall and 28-20-2 ATS at home.
The Spurs are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Thunder are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss and 13-6-2 ATS in their last 21 home games. The home team is 16-5-1 ATS in the last 22 meetings, while the Spurs are 1-10 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Oklahoma City.
OKC is a much better team at home, as we've seen already in this series. The Thunder will find a way to force a game seven, and covering the small chalk won't be an issue. After all, every game in this series has been a blowout.