San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 3/12/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder (44-20) at San Antonio Spurs (55-10)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 8:30 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -8 -- Over/Under: 213.5 See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder invade the AT&T Center to take on the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night.
The Thunder were running through opponents for a majority of the season, but they've cooled off a bit lately with just five wins in their last 11 games. Kevin Durant has been rock solid for the Thunder with averages of 28.1 points and 4.8 assists on the season and it looks as though he's only getting better as the season progresses while Russell Westbrook has remained a nightly triple-double threat with season averages of 24.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game. Oklahoma City are currently firmly entrenched in the third spot in the Western Conference with a 2.5 game lead on the Clippers who occupy the third spot.
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Meanwhile, the Spurs have won 14 of their last 16 games and will be gunning for a third straight win after beating the Bulls by 109-101 on Thursday. Kawhi Leonard led the way with a game-high 29 points on 10 of 15 shooting, LaMarcus Aldridge added 26 points while Tony Parker had 20 points and 12 assists as the Spurs outlasted the pesky Bulls who were playing without their best player in Jimmy Butler. Kevin Martin made his debut for the Spurs but had just one point in eight minutes off the bench, but he adds depth to a stacked bench and will surely feature in the playoffs.
In ATS trends, the Thunder are 4-12 ATS in their last 16 road games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games against a team above .600, while the Spurs are 29-14 ATS in their last 43 home games but just 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the Thunder are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in San Antonio and the home team is 16-6-1 ATS in the last 23 meetings overall.
The Spurs have been on a tear for pretty much the entire season while the Thunder have cooled off a bit lately, but this just seems like too many points to be giving a Thunder team who could pull off the upset. Take OKC with the handful of points in what should be a close contest.