Oklahoma City Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs - 5/8/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Antonio Spurs (73-16) at Oklahoma City Thunder (60-30)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder +1 -- Over/Under: 198 See the Latest Odds
The San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder do battle in Game 4 on Sunday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Spurs were able to reclaim home-court advantage with a gutsy 100-96 win over the Thunder on Friday. Kawhi Leonard led from the front with 31 points to go with 11 rebounds and three assists, LaMarcus Aldridge added 24 points while Tony Parker had 19 points with five assists as the Spurs escaped with the narrow win. As a team, the Spurs shot 43.4 percent from the field and 10 of 19 from the 3-point line and they did a great job of limiting the Thunder's Russell Westbrook to a rough shooting night of 10 of 31 from the field which really kept the rest of the Thunder in check.
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For the Thunder, Russell Westbrook led the way with 31 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, Kevin Durant added 26 points while Serge Ibaka had 15, but the Thunder shot just 41.5 percent from the field. If you're a Thunder fan, you want your superstar point guard to take shots with confidence, but Westbrook was just too aggressive at times and ended up taking too many tough shots instead of looking for the open man on the fast break. Overall, it wasn't anywhere near the best performance we're going to see from the Thunder but they were right there until the end despite playing below their best which is a moral victory of sorts.
In ATS trends, the Spurs are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 Conference Semifinals games and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall, while the Thunder are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a loss and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games against a team with a winning record.
Head to head, the Spurs are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and 3-11 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Oklahoma City.
The Spurs once again showed their class in bouncing back from their loss to take Game 3, but I think this series will go back and forth all way to seven games, so I'm taking the Thunder in this one to level the series at 2-2.