Spurs vs. Thunder - 12/25/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder (13-16) at San Antonio Spurs (18-11)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 25, 2014 at 2:30 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs square off Christmas at the AT&T Center.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have lost three of their last four games and play their eighth road game of the month. On the season, the Thunder are averaging 97.1 points on 44.1 percent shooting and are allowing 95.9 points on 42.6 percent shooting. Russell Westbrook is averaging 28.2 points and 7.1 assists while Reggie Jackson is averaging 16.3 points and 5.4 assists. Serge Ibaka is grabbing 6.9 rebounds and Jeremy Lamb is shooting 41.4 percent from the field. The Oklahoma City Thunder just can’t catch a break, as the injury to their star player has really prevented them from hitting their stride. The Thunder are struggling most on defense, as they’re allowing teams to shoot 46.4 percent from the field and 40.8 percent from deep in their last five games. Kevin Durant is expected to miss this game due to an ankle injury.
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The San Antonio Spurs have lost four of their last five games and would love a win to get back on track. On the season, the Spurs are averaging 102.9 points on 46.4 percent shooting and are allowing 98.2 points and 44 percent shooting. Tony Parker is averaging 16.5 points and 5.3 assists while Tim Duncan is averaging 16 points and 11 rebounds. Manu Ginobili is shooting 40.3 percent from the field and Danny Green is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The San Antonio Spurs are finding their offensive groove despite the losses, shooting 46.4 percent from the field and 44.1 percent from downtown in their last five games. The Spurs should eventually start winning if they can continue that shooting percentage. Kawhi Leonard is doubtful for this game with a hand injury.
The Thunder are 4-13-1 ATS in their last 18 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Spurs are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games. The Thunder are 12-5-1 ATS in the last 18 meetings and the home team is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
Without Durant, the Thunder are a one-man show that often crashes and burns in the fourth quarter.. I'm taking the Spurs here, as you just can't back OKC without its star player.