Spurs vs. Thunder in marquee matchup
The San Antonio Spurs will be looking to shake off the NBA betting trends at the sportsbooks on Thursday night as they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in marquee hoops action.
San Antonio is an ugly 2-8 SU and 1-8-1 ATS in its last 10 games against Oklahoma City dating back to 2012, falling 111-105 at home to the Thunder in their last meeting on January 22. The Spurs were 6.5-point favorites that day.
The Spurs will try to spoil the party on Thursday; they are 42-33 ATS against the number this season, while the Thunder are 39-32-2 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injury news). San Antonio is 41-33-1 on the totals; Oklahoma City is 37-36.
This game matches up the No. 6 (Thunder) and the No. 1 (Spurs) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 102-101 result in favor of the Spurs is predicted by handicapping models.
The Spurs were a 111-90 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Warriors. They covered the 10-point spread as favorites, while the total score (201) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Spurs blew out Golden State on Wednesday, running up the score in a 111-90 win at AT&T Center.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Oklahoma City's No. 5-ranked offense, averaging 106.15 PPG, against a Spurs defense that ranks No. 4 at 97.03 PPG. The Thunder field goal percentage has averaged 47.26% so far, less than the Spurs shooters have achieved on the year, 48.96% per game.
San Antonio home to Memphis, Sunday, April 6th
Oklahoma City at Houston, Friday, April 4th