Date/Time: April 4th, 2013 9:30 pm EST
Basketball Odds from Vietbet Sportsbook
Point Spread: Oklahoma City -8.5
The Spurs snapped a rare two-game skid with a lopsided 98-84 romp over Orlando on Wednesday night as 12.5-point home favorites. They are now 7-3 straight-up in their last 10 games but a costly 3-7 against the spread. The total has stayed UNDER in five of their last six games. San Antonio is 56-19 SU (39-34-2 ATS) which includes a 23-14 SU (20-17 ATS) on the road this season.
With their lead over the Thunder for the top spot in the Western Conference down to just a game and a half, the Spurs are well aware how important it is to come away with a win tonight. It will not easy with Manu Ginobili already out of the line-up with a strained hamstring and their leading scorer, Tony Parker listed as questionable with a sore left ankle. Kawhi Leonard, who is averaging 11.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and a team-high 1.7 steals a game, is also listed as questionable with a sore left knee.
Oklahoma City remains one of the hardest places to steal a win no matter which team is coming to town. The Thunder are 32-5 SU at Chesapeake Energy Arena this season and a profitable 26-11 ATS. They come into this showdown with a 4-1 SU (3-2 ATS) in their last five outings and well rested after playing their last game this past Saturday.
The team is also playing at full strength with no key players listed on the most recent injury report. That means the scoring duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook should be geared up for another big night. These two have combined for an average of 51.5 points a game this season as part of a 106.0 point team average that is ranked first in the NBA. Oklahoma City is also ranked seventh in the league in rebounds (43.5) and 12th in points allowed (96.9).
The scales are tipped heavily in the Thunder’s favor in this matchup given that San Antonio comes in both wounded and weary. The home team in this series has won eight of the last nine meetings SU and Oklahoma City is 6-2-1 ATS in the last nine games. This proves to be a winning formula to stick with on Thursday night.
Oklahoma City 108 San Antonio 99
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