NBA Betting: Spurs at Thunder
Those people who engage in NBA betting have been witnessing a special treat, as they watch one of the great players of this generation go on a genuine tear. To paraphrase an oft-beaten cliche, you cannot stop Kevin Durant; and you can’t even hope to contain him – at least lately.
Durant currently leads the NBA in scoring, and he is widening the gap between himself and the competition. More importantly, he is helping the Oklahoma City Thunder win games in the absence of his high-scoring teammate, Russell Westbrook. Durant is averaging a shade under 31 points, and over the last eight games, he has accelerated his scoring pace, averaging 39.3 points, with some mammoth efforts along the way.
For instance, he tore through the Golden State Warriors for 54 points (a career-high) last Friday, and last night he led his team to a 105-97 win over the Portland Trail Blazers with 46 points. Great players almost always answer the call, as pro basketball bettors know, and in this case, Durant is taking it to a new level in his designated role as “scoring machine.”
On Wednesday night the Thunder travels to San Antonio to play the Spurs in a game that tips off at 8:05 PM Eastern time at the AT&T Center. In the NBA betting odds that have been established
on this game at BetAnySports, the Spurs are laying a few buckets:
San Antonio Spurs -6
Oklahoma City Thunder +6
Over 205 points -110
Under 205 points -110
Durant has had at least 30 points in each of his last eight games. And over his last three, he has been absolutely sizzling, especially from beyond the three-point arc, where he has hit 14 of his 21 shots. That’s truly amazing. The only risk the Thunder undertakes is that of standing around while they watch their superstar go to work on the offensive end.
But sportsbook bettors know that hasn’t been happening too much, as Oklahoma City has compiled a 9-5 straight up record with Westbrook out of the lineup. Overall, they are 32-10 SU, and right in the mix when it comes to battling for the best record in the Western Conference. In fact, this game matches up the two top teams in the high-powered West, as the Thunder is a half-game behind the Spurs, who are +750 to win the NBA championship according to the basketball futures at BetAnySports. Oklahoma City is priced at +680 in that same category.
San Antonio has been resting since defeating Milwaukee 110-82 on Sunday. Actually, the lopsided score allowed them to rest some of their regulars within the game; for example, Tim Duncan sat out the entire fourth quarter after scoring eleven points and pulling down 13 rebounds. So they will be fresh coming into this contest. NBA bettors may want to take note that Tony Parker is hurting, having suffered a right shin contusion that kept him out of the game against the Bucks. Matt Bonner, the power forward who can hit from three-point range, broke his nose when the Spurs traveled to Portland on Friday night, and he is planning to wear a protective mask on Wednesday.
If you are making your NBA picks on this game, and want to take a look at prevailing trends, you will want to keep in mind that the Thunder has emerged victorious in eight of its last 10 games against the Spurs, so there may be something of a style advantage. Four of those wins came during the Western Conference finals two seasons ago, and in the last meeting between these teams, on December 21st, the Thunder won by a 113-100 score. Oklahoma City had also managed to beat San Antonio on November 27, in a low-scoring game (94-88), as Durant tallied 24 points.
What should also be of interest to BetAnySports customers is the fact that the Thunder has been pretty solid when it comes to playing the back end of back-to-back games. In fact, they have covered eight of their last 10 against the pro basketball odds in those situations. Even though one can consider Durant hot, the Spurs, as a team, could be hotter; they have won seven of their last eight games, so they are hardly limping coming into this matchup.
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