Winners of 20 games in a row, the San Antonio Spurs are small road underdogs at the sportsbooks for Thursday as they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.
The Spurs are up 2-0 in the best-of-seven series after grabbing a 120-111 win and covering the posted spread on the NBA odds in Game 2 at home on Tuesday. Tony Parker had 34 points for San Antonio.
San Antonio is a rare underdog and they have excelled in the role, going 8-3 ATS in their past 11 tries as a dog. Interestingly, the OVER is 8-2 the past 10 games where the Spurs were underdogs, but the number opened high at 5Dimes yesterday.
Oklahoma City battles the Spurs, currently with a 50-16 mark (42-20-4 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 31-35 for the Thunder and 39-26-1 for the Spurs.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Thunder sit at No. 2 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Spurs are at No. 3 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Spurs will win this game 107-106.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Oklahoma City's No. 3-ranked offense (103.1 PPG) against a Spurs defense that ranks No. 16 at 96.5 PPG. The Thunder have averaged 47.1% from the field per game, less than the Spurs have managed so far this season (47.8% on average).
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Spurs own the league's No. 19-rated mark, allowing 99.2 points per game when on the road. Oklahoma City, on the other hand, rates No. 1 in home scoring.
The Thunder were a 120-111 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Spurs. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (231) made winners of OVER bettors. The Thunder got a terrific 31-point performance from Kevin Durant but San Antonio handed them a 120-111 defeat on Tuesday at AT&T Center.
San Antonio Spurs Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Oklahoma City are 7-3
After playing Oklahoma City are 4-6
After a win are 10-0
Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing San Antonio are 7-3
After playing San Antonio are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3
A few Spurs at Thunder trends to consider:
San Antonio is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
San Antonio is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
San Antonio is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games when playing Oklahoma City
The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Antonio's last 6 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City
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 6 games when playing at home against San Antonio
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oklahoma City's last 6 games when playing San Antonio
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games
San Antonio at Oklahoma City, Saturday, June 2
Oklahoma City home to San Antonio, Saturday, June 2