Check out our free Thunder vs Spurs pick and preview for this NBA game in San Antonio. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Thunder vs Spurs NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs
- Where: San Antonio at AT&T Center
- Date: Sunday, March 12th
- Betting Odds SA +3, OKC -158 | SA +129 O/U OFF
So far, the Thunder have put together an overall record of 32-35, while going 40-26-1 vs the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Oklahoma City has an overall record of 2-1, including going 2-1 against the spread.
Oklahoma City is going for yet another win, as they previously defeated the Pelicans. With the 110-96 victory, they also covered the spread as 0 point underdogs. Oklahoma City was able to take care of business in the second half of this game, as they didn’t allow the Pelicans to cut into their 19 point halftime lead. In the win, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the team in scoring with 35 points on a field goal percentage of 47.8%.
So far, the Spurs have put together an overall record of 17-49, while going 27-39-0 vs 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.
San Antonio is going for yet another win, as they previously defeated the Nuggets at home. With the 128-120 victory, they also covered the spread as 12 point underdogs. San Antonio went on to win the game, as they led by 1 heading into halftime. In the win, Keldon Johnson led the team in scoring with 23 points on a field goal percentage of 47.1%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Thunder picked up the 119-111 win over the Spurs. The Thunder point margin of victory was enough to cover the spread as 3.0 point favorite. So far this season, the Thunder have a record of 2-0 vs the Spurs. Similar to their season-long average, the Thunder averaged 105.25 points per game vs the Spurs. Just like the Thunder, the Spurs maintained their usual level of scoring in head-to-head matchups, averaging 112.0 points per game vs Oklahoma City. When looking at how these teams have performed against the spread in recent matchups, the Thunder hold the edge at 3-1-1. However, the average scoring margin in these matchups has been tight, sitting at just -1 points per game. Oklahoma City and San Antonio averaged a combined 229 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 3-1-1.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
For the season, the Oklahoma City offense is the 3rd ranked unit in the NBA, at 118.1 points per contest. When looking at the Thunder pace of play, they tend to play an up-tempo style of basketball. So far, the team is in the upper half of the NBA in possessions per game, averaging 101.7. Even though the unit has one of the lower effective field goal percentages in the NBA at 53.6%. Their up-tempo style of play has given them enough opportunites to make up for their poor shooting numbers.
Defensively, Oklahoma City has had its problems giving up an average of 111.83 points per game (15th).
This season, the Thunder offense has primarily worked through Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 57 games, Gilgeous-Alexander is 4th in the NBA at 31.2 points per game. So far, him and Giddey have accounted for 37% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 47.5 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Josh Giddey is grabbing 7.7 rebounds for Oklahoma City to go along with 6.2 assists.
The Spurs come into today’s game as the 24th ranked scoring offense at 112.3 points per game. For the season, the Spurs have been playing an up-tempo style of basketball as they sit 5th in the NBA in possessions per game.. If the Spurs are going to turn things around on offense, they must improve their overall shooting efficiency. In particular, the 3-point shot has been problematic for the unit, as they are just 25th in 3-point shooting percentage.
Currently, the Spurs defense is ranked 23rd in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 113.04 points per game vs the unit.
One situation to keep an eye on leading up the game is the availability of Keldon Johnson, as he is currently questionable on the injury report. If he is able to play, the team will have it’s 1-2 punch availble as Johnson leads the team in scoring at 21.6 points per game while Jones is 2nd at 12.6. For the season, Johnson is 41st in the NBA in usage rate and 125th in player efficiency. Behind him, Jones has taken 12.1% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 43.9%.
Thunder vs Spurs Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Spurs +3
- Free Total Prediction: Over OFF