Oklahoma City Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs - 11/27/13
San Antonio Spurs (13-1) at Oklahoma City Thunder (9-3)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -2.5 -- Over/Under: 200 See the Latest Odds
Two heavyweights square off on Wednesday night as the Oklahoma City Thunder play host to the red hot San Antonio Spurs.
Head to head, the Spurs are 1-6-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings and 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Oklahoma City while the home team is 4-0-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The Thunder are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600 and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall, but just 4-11 ATS in their last 15 homes games. The Spurs on the other hand are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall, but just 1-8 ATS in their last 9 vs. NBA Northwest.
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So much for the Oklahoma City Thunder taking a step back this season. With Russell Westbrook close to 100% healthy, the Thunder look like the same explosive team they have been for the last couple of years and come into tonight’s showdown having won four-straight to improve to 9-3 overall. Following their dominate 95-73 victory over the Utah Jazz on Sunday, Oklahoma City improved to a perfect 6-0 at home on the season, where they are averaging 105.2 points per game. As expected, Kevin Durant is leading the way once again with averages of 28.6 points, which leads the NBA.
Surprise Surprise, the San Antonio Spurs sit atop of the Western Conference standings once again. Just when you thought it was time for someone else to take the mantle, the Spurs are at it once again, winning 13 of their first 14 games to start to the season. San Antonio is also riding an 11 game winning streak, which is tied with Portland Trail Blazers for the biggest winning streak this season. Surprisingly, the Spurs come into tonight’s contest with the Thunder as the league’s second best defensive team, holding foes to just 90.1 points per game.
You could make a pretty good case for both teams in this one. The Spurs really don’t need any introduction and I guess the only thing you could say is that they are due for a loss. The Thunder on the other hand are perfect at home this season, however, they were lucky to escape with wins against Phoenix, Washington and Denver. The one glaring stat that jumps out at me in this game is the fact that the home team has won nine of the last 10 meetings between these two. The Thunder are also 6-1-1 against the spread in the last eight meetings and a perfect 5-0 ATS at home in the last five meetings. Not a game I will be on myself for obvious reasons, but I’m going with the home team...
Dan’s Pick: Oklahoma City -2.5