Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs
|Date & Time||Saturday March 2, 2019, 8:30 PM (EST)|
San Antonio, TX
The Line: San Antonio -1 -- Over/Under 223.5
The San Antonio Spurs play host to the Oklahoma City Thunder at the AT&T Center on Saturday night.
The Oklahoma City Thunder were red-hot during a 12-game stretch where they won 11 games, but they’ve since cooled off with four losses in their last five games and they will be hoping to snap a three-game skid after falling to the shorthanded 76ers in a 108-104 home loss on Thursday. Russell Westbrook led the team with a triple-double of 23 points with 11 rebounds and 11 assists, Jerami Grant added 23 points of his own while Markieff Morris chipped in with 17 points in 19 minutes of action. As a team, the Thunder shot 43 percent from the field and just eight of 27 from the 3-point line as they rallied all the way back from a 16-point deficit to tie the game late in the fourth quarter, only to fall short as the 76ers pulled away with a 10-0 run. Paul George was rested for the game with right shoulder soreness and is currently listed as out for Saturday. With the loss, Oklahoma City fell to 38-23 overall which is good for third place in the Western Conference.
Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs have been in a real slump as they’ve lost seven of their last nine games, but they will be feeling better after snapping a three-game skid with a 105-93 home win over the Pistons on Wednesday. LaMarcus Aldridge led the team with 24 points on 11 of 22 shooting, DeMar DeRozan racked up 17 points with 13 rebounds and eight assists while Marco Belinelli chipped in with 17 points off the bench. As a team, the Spurs shot 51 percent from the field and nine of 17 from the 3-point line, but the key to the win was their defense as they held the Pistons to just 36 percent shooting from the field and a total of just seven free throws. With the much-needed victory, San Antonio improved to 34-29 overall and 23-7 at home which is good for seventh place in the Western Conference standings.
Looking at the betting trends, the Thunder are 4-1 ATS in their last five Saturday games, 0-4 ATS in their last four against the Western Conference and 0-5 ATS in their last five games overall. The Spurs are 5-1 ATS in their last six games playing on two days rest, 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games and 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games overall.
Head to head, the home team is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings, the Thunder are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings in San Antonio.
The Thunder could really do with a win as they really haven’t looked like themselves since the All-Star break, while the Spurs are looking to build some momentum after earning a much-needed win on Wednesday. The season series is on the line as these teams have split two meetings so far, but George is listed as out for this one which is a major loss to the Thunder, so I’m leaning towards the Spurs to get the win and cover at home in this one.