Game Four: San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

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San Antonio Spurs
vs.
Oklahoma City Thunder

Date/Time: June 2, 8:30 PM EST

Television: TNT

NBA Betting Odds from BetDSI

ATS: Thunder -3.5

Total: 202.5

 

NBA Betting Game Trends

San Antonio Spurs

  • San Antonio is 16-4-1 ATS in its last 21 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of San Antonio’s last 11 games
  • San Antonio is 20-1 SU in its last 21 games
  • San Antonio is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Antonio’s last 5 games on the road

Oklahoma City Thunder

  • Oklahoma City is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oklahoma City’s last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oklahoma City’s last 6 games at home
  • Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oklahoma City’s last 7 games when playing San Antonio

 

Oklahoma City dropped the first two games in San Antonio, but the Thunder clearly got the message that Game Three was a must a win. Oklahoma City thoroughly outplayed the Spurs to get right back in the series. Few teams have as much of a home court advantage as the Thunder. Despite winning Game Three, this game is still a crucial game for Oklahoma City. Who will have the edge in this one?

San Antonio had won 20 straight games, but they simply didn’t play well enough on Thursday night. The Spurs turned the ball over constantly, handing it over to the Thunder 21 times in Game Three. Tim Duncan had five turnovers and Manu Ginobili had four. Duncan was terrific in the series against the Clippers, but he is struggling to score in this series so far. Ginobili was a star in the first couple games, but he was passive in Game Three. Tony Parker is the man that runs this team now, and he must continue to be aggressive and push the tempo.

The Spurs scored only 24 point in the paint in Game Three after dominating in the paint in the first two games. San Antonio must find a way to get some easy baskets in transition to get the offense going in Game Four. Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Boris Diaw, and Matt Bonner are all guys that are going to have contribute some more on the offensive end. Defensively, the Spurs must keep James Harden out of the lane.

Oklahoma City got a huge boost from Thabo Sefolosha in Game Three. Sefolosha is an unheralded defensive star for the Thunder. He guarded nearly everyone on the floor at some point in Game Three, and he did a terrific job. Sefolosha isn’t normally a big scorer, but he piled up 19 points in Thursday night’s win. Kevin Durant continued his consistent impressive performances in the playoffs. He is averaging about 27 points per game in this series. James Harden won the Sixth Man of the Year award this season, and his ability to penetrate the defense has made Oklahoma City a much better team.

Russell Westbrook has struggled offensively so far this series. Still, the team has to be happy with the effort he put forth on the defensive end last game. In addition, Westbrook racked up nine assists and got many of his teammates into great positions to score in Game Three. Defensively, the Thunder were tremendous in Game Three. The big test for Oklahoma City is to keep up that defensive intensity throughout the rest of the series.

Free NBA Pick: Spurs +3.5

San Antonio played very poorly in Game Three, and I definitely expect a much better effort from the Spurs in this one. Oklahoma City should be ready as well. Look for the closest game of the series. I like taking the points in a game I think goes right down to the wire.

 

 

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