Thunder at Spurs Game 1 - 4/30/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder (59-28) at San Antonio Spurs (71-15)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 7:00 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -6.5 -- Over/Under: 202 See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs meet Saturday for game one at the AT&T Center.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are coming off a five-game series over the Dallas Mavericks. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 112 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 93.8 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 26 points and 6.4 rebounds while Russell Westbrook is averaging 26 points and 11.2 assists. Serge Ibaka is grabbing 6.2 rebounds and Dion Waiters is dishing 2.2 assists. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 78.2 percent from the free throw line. The Thunder are allowing 29 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.2 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have split their last 16 road games.
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The San Antonio Spurs are coming off a sweep of the Memphis Grizzlies. The San Antonio Spurs are averaging 103 points on 48.5 percent shooting and allowing 81 points on 39.4 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 21.5 points and 4.8 rebounds while LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 14.5 points and eight rebounds. Tony Parker is dishing 4.8 assists and Tim Duncan is grabbing 6.3 rebounds. The San Antonio Spurs are shooting 47.1 percent from beyond the arc and 82.4 percent from the free throw line. The Spurs are allowing 29.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42 rebounds per game. The San Antonio Spurs have not lost a home game all season. Kevin Martin is questionable with an illness.
This series has the potential to be the best in all of the playoffs, as both clubs have NBA title talent. We know the Spurs haven't lost at home all year, but the four meetings between these teams have been split down the middle. Also, the Thunder's two losses at the AT&T Center were decided by eight or less points. This is one of those series where you're probably better off taking the points whenever you can get them.
I'm siding with OKC and the points.