Oklahoma City Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs - 4/7/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Antonio Spurs (51-26) at Oklahoma City Thunder (42-35)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder +5.5 -- Over/Under: 215.5 See the Latest Odds
The jockeying for playoff positions continue tonight as the San Antonio Spurs visit the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The San Antonio Spurs have won 10 of their last 11 games and will be going for an eighth straight win tonight after making light work of the league-best Warriors on Sunday. Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points with seven steals in just 24 minutes of play, Tim Duncan added 19 points while Danny Green had 18 points as the Spurs hit the ground running against the Warriors and steamrolled them en route to a crucial 107-92 win at home. With the win, San Antonio made a real statement to the Warriors and the rest of the league, but more importantly, lifted their season record to 51-26 overall which has them sitting in sixth position, just half a game behind the Clippers.
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Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder are in real danger of falling out of the last spot in the Western Conference as they've now lost five of their last six including their last three straight. On Sunday afternoon, Russell Westbrook racked up yet another triple-double, scoring 40 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists, Anthony Morrow added 22 points and Enes Kanter had 21 points, but it still wasn't enough to get past the Rockets who were led by 41 points from James Harden. The Thunder really were fantastic in all areas of the game except on the defensive end where they just sent the Rockets to the free throw line an eye-popping 50 times because they just couldn't defend without fouling and it cost them big. With the loss, Oklahoma City falls to 42-35 on the season which leaves them with only a half-game lead of the Pelicans in ninth place.
In ATS trends, the Spurs are 6-0 ATS in their last six games following a win of more than 10 points and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 road games, while the Thunder are just 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last six against the Western Conference.
Head to head, the Spurs are 6-13-1 ATS in the last 20 meetings overall and just 1-9 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Oklahoma City.
Westbrook has continued his red-hot form with yet another triple-double, but even if get compiles another one tonight, I just don't see the Thunder getting past the Spurs given their recent form. San Antonio have simply been on a roll lately and it just doesn't feel smart backing against them while they're this hot.