Oklahoma City Thunder (44-31) at San Antonio Spurs (43-32)
|Date & Time||Thursday March 29, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: San Antonio Spurs +2.5 -- Over/Under: 217.5
The Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs meet Thursday in NBA action at the AT&T Center.
The Oklahoma City Thunder look for a statement victory after winning seven of their last nine games. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 107.3 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 104 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Russell Westbrook is averaging 25.4 points and 10.2 assists while Paul George is averaging 21.6 points and 5.6 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony is the third double-digit scorer and Steven Adams is grabbing nine rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 71.4 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 36.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.8 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have won six of their last nine road games.
The San Antonio Spurs need a win to improve their playoff position after winning six of their last eight games. The San Antonio Spurs are averaging 102.5 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 99.4 points on 45.2 percent shooting. LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 23.1 points and 8.3 rebounds while Pau Gasol is averaging 10.5 points and 8.1 rebounds. Rudy Gay is the third double-digit scorer and Patty Mills is dishing 2.8 assists. The San Antonio Spurs are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 77.3 percent from the free throw line. The San Antonio Spurs are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game. The San Antonio Spurs have won seven straight home games.
The Thunder are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 vs. NBA Southwest, 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Spurs are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 home games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings, the favorite is 25-12-1 ATS in the last 38 meetings and the under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
It's hard to make this pick without knowing if LaMarcus Aldridge is going to play, but given the line, I'm assuming he won't. The Oklahoma City Thunder are one of the more incosnsitent teams in the league and you're never sure which team is going to show up, however, they have won six of the last nine meetings against the Spurs and have the offensive firepower to bury them again without Aldridge. The Spurs are old, and very limited offensively as it is. I'll take OKC and lay the bucket assuming San Antonio doesn't have its best big man.