San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder
|Date & Time||Saturday January 12, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
Chesapeake Energy Arena
The Line: Oklahoma City -5.5 -- Over/Under 224.5
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Two Western Conference giants collide as the Oklahoma City Thunder battle the San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday night.
The San Antonio Spurs have been on a tear lately as they’ve won 14 of their last 18 games and they will be looking to stay hot after taking down the Thunder in a 154-147 double overtime win on Thursday. LaMarcus Aldridge led the team with a career-high 56 points with nine rebounds and four assists, Derrick White added 23 points with eight assists, Marco Belinelli added 19 points off the bench while DeMar DeRozan chipped in with 16 points and 11 assists. As a team, the Spurs shot a healthy 56 percent from the field and an efficient 16 of 19 from the 3-point line as they edged out the surging Thunder in an old-fashioned shootout. With the impressive win, San Antonio improved to 25-18 on the season and 18-5 at home where they’ve now won seven in a row.
Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been in a little bit of a funk with six losses in their last 10 games and they will be hoping to avoid a fourth straight defeat after Thursday’s tough loss to the Spurs. Paul George led the team in scoring with 30 points on 11 of 25 shooting, Russell Westbrook racked up a triple-double of 24 points with 13 rebounds and 24 assists while Jerami Grant chipped in with 25 points and 12 rebounds. As a team, the Thunder shot 50 percent from the field and 15 of 35 from the 3-point line as they endured a career night from the Spurs’ Aldridge, but they fell just short as the Spurs went on a decisive 5-0 run in the second overtime period to run away with it late. With the loss, Oklahoma City fell to 25-16 overall and 12-10 on the road.
Looking at the betting trends, the Spurs are 17-4-1 ATS in their last 22 games against a team with a winning record, 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a win and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Thunder are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a loss and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games playing on one days rest.
Head to head, the under is 6-2 in the last eight meetings, the Spurs are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall but just 5-15 ATS in the last 20 meetings in Oklahoma City.
The Spurs have undeniably been one of the hottest teams in the league as they look like they've finally found a way to work around two dominant mid-range scorers in DeRozan and LaMarcus, but they had to shoot the lights out to scrape by on Thursday. The Thunder certainly haven't been at their best lately but they have won 14 of their last 15 games as home favorites against the Spurs who had to be near-perfect just to scrape by in double overtime. With that being said, I think the Thunder bounce back with a statement win at home in this one.