Spurs favored vs Thunder: NBA pick
The Oklahoma City Thunder are 5-0-1 ATS over their past six games against the San Antonio Spurs as those Western Conference contenders meet once again on Monday night.
The Thunder bounced the Spurs 107-93 and easily covered the 5.5-point spread at home in their most recent meeting on December 17. Overall Oklahoma City is 5-5 SU and 6-3-1 ATS over its last 10 games against San Antonio dating back to early 2012.
The Thunder have only been underdogs twice all season, but going back to last year, they are a money-losing 2-8 SU in 10 games in this role.
(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Spurs are 48-15 so far on the season, and 35-26-2 ATS vs. the number. The Thunder, meanwhile, are 47-16 and 37-23-3 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen San Antonio go 29-33-1 and the Thunder go 32-29-2 on the totals.
San Antonio opened as 2.5-point favorites at many online sportsbooks, while the NBA total was sitting around 210.5 at 5Dimes for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting. Watch for line updates and the best OKC number at Bovada.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Spurs sit at No. 2 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Thunder are at No. 1 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Thunder will win this game 111-110.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features San Antonio's No. 23-rated squad against Oklahoma City's No. 8-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, San Antonio rates No. 5 in the league with 8.3 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 10 with 7.6 per outing.
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Thunder own the league's No. 14-rated mark, allowing 99.1 points per game when playing on the road. San Antonio, on the other hand, rates No. 5 in scoring on their home court.
In their last action, Oklahoma City was a 91-79 winner at home against the Celtics. They covered the 11-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (170) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Oklahoma City got 23 points and 11 rebounds from Kevin Durant en route to a 91-79 victory over Boston on Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Last time out for San Antonio, they were a 136-106 loser as they battled the Trail Blazers at home. The Spurs failed to cover in the match as a 11.5-point favorite, while 242 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. San Antonio was crushed on Friday, getting run out of the gym by Portland and falling 136-106 at AT&T Center.
Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Monday are 8-2
Before playing Utah are 7-3
After playing Boston are 7-3
After a win are 8-2
San Antonio Spurs Trends:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Minnesota are 7-3
After playing Portland are 8-2
After a loss are 8-2
A few Thunder at Spurs trends to consider:
Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Oklahoma City is 5-0-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing San Antonio
Oklahoma City is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing San Antonio
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 6 games on the road
San Antonio is 21-2 SU in its last 23 games at home
San Antonio is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
San Antonio is 20-4 SU in its last 24 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of San Antonio's last 15 games at home
Oklahoma City home to Utah, Wednesday, March 13
San Antonio at Minnesota, Tuesday, March 12