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Spurs vs Thunder NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder
- Where: Oklahoma City at Paycom Center
- Date: Tuesday, December 27th
- Betting Odds OKC -6.5, SA +211 | OKC -266 O/U 236.0
The Spurs come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 11-22. So far, the team has gone 14-19-0 against the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, San Antonio has an overall record of 1-2, including going 1-2 against the spread.
The Spurs are coming off a 126-122 win over the Jazz. This away win came despite entering the game as the 4 point underdogs. In the game, San Antonio was able to hold on to their first half lead, as they led the Jazz by 7 going into the second half. In the win, Devin Vassell led the team in scoring with 24 points on a field goal percentage of 36.4%.
The Thunder come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 14-19. So far, the team has gone 20-13-0 against the spread. Against the spread, Oklahoma City has a mark of 2-1. Straight up, their record is 2-1 in these games.
In their previous game, the Thunder were favored to win vs the Pelicans. However, their 128-125 loss gave them both a straight up and ATS defeat. Even though Oklahoma City made a substantial comeback in the 2nd half, it was not enough to make up for their 18 point halftime deficit. Leading the team in scoring was Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, as he contributed 44 points while hitting 58.6% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Similar to their season-long average, the Spurs averaged 112.0 points per game vs the Thunder. Just like the Spurs, the Thunder maintained their usual level of scoring in head-to-head matchups, averaging 105.25 points per game vs San Antonio. When looking at how these teams have performed vs the spread in recent matchups, the Thunder have an ATS mark of 3-1-1. Yet, the Spurs have averaged more points per game in these contests, at 111 compared to Oklahoma City at 111. A combined average of 219 points per game was achieved in these matchups, leading to an over-under mark of 2-2-1.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Spurs come into today’s game as the 25th ranked scoring offense at 111.1 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Spurs will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.3 made 3’s per game. Not only is the San Antonio offense struggling with their outside shot, but they are also getting to the charity stripe at a below average rate. So far, they are the 30th ranked team in made free-throws per contest.
Currently, the Spurs defense is ranked 23rd in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 113.04 points per game vs the unit.
On offense, Keldon Johnson leads the Spurs in scoring at 20.9 points per game, placing him 41st in the NBA. Overall, Johnson has hit 41.6% of his shots while accounting for 19.8% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 7th in points allowed to small-forwards. At 19.6 points per game, Devin Vassell is the 2nd leading scorer for the Spurs. For the season, he is 81st in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 44.4%.
Through 33 games, Oklahoma City is the 10th best scoring team at 115.4 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Thunder will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.6 made 3’s per game. Oklahoma City appears to be a candidate to have some offensive regression as not only are the a below average outside shooting unit, but they are generating free-throws at a rate below the NBA average.
Against the Spurs, the Thunder will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 15th in points allowed.
This season, the Thunder offense has primarily worked through Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Luguentz Dort who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 30 games, Gilgeous-Alexander is 3rd in the NBA at 31.6 points per game. So far, him and Dort have accounted for 35% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 45.400000000000006 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Luguentz Dort is grabbing 4.3 rebounds for Oklahoma City to go along with 2.4 assists.
Spurs vs Thunder Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Spurs +6.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over 236.0