Thunder vs. Spurs - 10/28/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Antonio Spurs (58-31) at Oklahoma City Thunder (45-37)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -3.5 -- Over/Under: 208.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN, KENS, FSOK
The San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder play Wednesday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The San Antonio Spurs haven’t missed the playoffs since 1996 and enter this season as one of the favorites to win the NBA title. The Spurs are pretty much the same team we’ve seen for what feels like three decades. Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green are all back for another season with Gregg Popovich calling the shots. Of course, the Spurs got even better with the additions of LaMarcus Aldridge and David West, guys who have a winning mentality and have been productive throughout their careers. The San Antonio Spurs are what they are and aren’t going away until the main core finally decides to hang them up. It’s going to be an interesting season for San Antonio.
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The Oklahoma City Thunder are also championship contenders despite having a new head coach in Billy Donovan. The Thunder have their 1-2 punch back on the court in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. When you throw a healthy Serge Ibaka in the mix, OKC has one of the better and more productive trios in the NBA. It now comes down to the supporting cast for the Thunder to jump back in the elite category, and that includes Anthony Morrow, Enes Kanter and D.J. Augustin consistently producing. The Oklahoma City Thunder have all of the right pieces to make a run back to the NBA Finals, it simply comes down to better bench play and the overall health of their former MVP. Mitch McGary is questionable with a concussion.
The Spurs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Northwest and 16-7 ATS in their last 23 games overall. The Thunder are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference. The Spurs are 2-9 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Oklahoma City and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.
The Spurs have a history of struggling against a healthy Thunder team. The speed, tempo and overall athleticism gives San Antonio issues. When you add in the fact this game is in OKC and it's Durant's return, the crowd and energy is going to be crazy. I'm going to side with the Thunder and the reasonable chalk.