Oklahoma City Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs - 5/6/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Antonio Spurs (72-16) at Oklahoma City Thunder (60-29)
NBA Basketball: Friday, May 6, 2016 at 9:30 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder +2 -- Over/Under: 198.5 See the Latest Odds
The San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder duke it out in Game 3 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Friday.
The Thunder were desperate to atone for their embarrassing blowout loss in Game 1 and they did that in style as they took down the Spurs by 98-97 to level the series at 1-1. Russell Westbrook steered the offense with a team-high 29 points and 10 assists while Kevin Durant added 28 points on 11 of 19 shooting as the Thunder stormed out of the gates to an early lead before holding off the Spurs in one of the wildest finishes you have to see to believe. Breaking down the final moments of the fourth quarter, we can see that the Thunder got a bit lucky as the referees missed an offensive foul call, but you have to give credit to the Thunder for regrouping after their brutal loss in Game 1 and escaping with the win in Game 2.
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Meanwhile, the Spurs were left scratching their heads after what transpired in Game 2. LaMarcus Aldridge exploded for 41 points on 15 of 21 shooting, Kawhi Leonard added 14 points while Manu Ginobili had 11, but no other player finished in double figures as the Spurs shot just 42.6 percent from the field. Three-point shooting is always so critical to the Spurs' success in the playoffs but they shot just six of 23 from the 3-point line which included a missed three from Patty Mills that would have won the game for the Spurs.
In ATS trends, the Spurs are 7-2 ATS in their last nine Conference Semifinals games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall, while the Thunder are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against a team above .600 and 5-2 ATS in their last seven Conference Semifinals games.
Head to head, the Spurs are 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings overall and 2-11 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Oklahoma City.
The Thunder really flipped the script on the Spurs with a terrific bounce-back performance so they definitely have the momentum in this series now. The Thunder are always such a tough team to beat at home and this game will be no different, but the Spurs have seen it all and I expect them to bounce back and reclaim home-court advantage with a solid win in Game 3.