San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 5/2/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder (59-29) at San Antonio Spurs (72-15)
NBA Basketball: Monday, May 2, 2016 at 9:30 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -7.5 -- Over/Under: 202.5 See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs do battle in Game 2 tonight at the AT&T Center.
The Spurs will be delighted with their dominant 124-92 win over the Thunder in Game 1 on Saturday. LaMarcus Aldridge led the scoring with a game-high 38 points on 18 fo 23 shooting, Kawhi Leonard added 25 points on 10 of 13 shooting while Danny Green sunk five 3-pointers en route to 18 points as the Spurs took control of the game right from the start, storming out to a 43-20 after the first quarter to set up the massive win. As a team, the Spurs shot a ridiculous 60.7 percent from the field and 60 percent from the 3-point line, but while those are great numbers I was actually more impressed with the Spurs on the defensive end where they held the Thunder to just 41.2 percent shooting from the field and 26.1 percent from the 3-point line.
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Meanwhile, the Thunder will be in shock after what transpired in the series opener on Saturday. Serge Ibaka led the team in scoring with 19 points, but that's where the highlights stop, as Kevin Durant scored just 16 points while Russell Westbrook shot five of 19 for his 14 points. With Durant and Westbrook misfiring, the Thunder needed others to step up but they couldn't even find their foothold in the game until the fourth quarter when the result was already decided. It's just one game into the series but the Thunder will already be hearing alarm bells as they just couldn't even slow down the Thunder who exploded for their best offensive performance of the season.
In ATS trends, the Thunder are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss of more than 10 points and 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games, while the Spurs are 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall and 7-1 ATS in their last eight Conference Semifinals games.
Head to head, the Thunder are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall but the home team is 18-8-1 ATS in the last 27 meetings overall.
Most people probably had the Spurs winning Game 1, but I don't think many people would have predicted such a margin of victory for what is supposed to be a tight series. The Thunder will be embrassed by the way they played on Saturday and I fully expect them to bounce back with a much better performance for sure, but I just can't go past the Spurs at the AT&T Center after what I saw from them in Game 1.