NBA Betting Picks: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs
Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs
Monday, 3/11/13, 8:30 PM EST, TV: NBATV
Opening Point Spread: San Antonio -3
Current Betting Line: San Antonio -2
Opening Total: 209
Current Total: 208.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Oklahoma City has won five games in a row, including a 91-79 victory over the Boston Celtics as 11-point home favorites Sunday, while going UNDER the posted total of 199. The Thunder now trail the Spurs by just a single game in the race for the Western Conference’s best overall record. “It’s important, no matter how guys try to look at it,” commented Thunder center Kendrick Perkins. The team is 19-12 overall on the road this season, including an 11-8 mark versus conference foes. Oklahoma City is 5-5 ATS when playing on back-to-back days, which is important to consider when making your NBA picks against the spread Monday.
The Thunder have registered sweeps in five of their back-to-back situations this year, which can’t be ignored when looking over the pro basketball odds page. Oklahoma City entered yesterday’s game leading the NBA in averaging 107.0 points per game, while also pacing all teams in outscoring foes by an average of 9.6 points. Forward Kevin Durant is averaging just 21.0 points per game against the Spurs this season, which happens to be his lowest mark versus an conference foe.
San Antonio will look to bounce back from a 136-106 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers as 11.5-point home favorites last time out, while going OVER the posted total of 202. The Spurs will continue to play without the services of starting point guard Tony Parker, who is expected to miss four weeks with a left ankle injury. The franchise is 25-3 overall at the AT&T Center this year, including a 16-2 mark versus conference rivals. San Antonio is 16-11-2 ATS at home this season, with the UNDER going 18-11 in that situation.
The Spurs and Thunder are the only teams in the league that rank in the top-five in points, field goal, three-point field goal and free throw percentage. San Antonio has used 13 different starters this season and has the most players with at least one start in the league.
Sports bettors will likely back the Spurs due to their 39-17-3 ATS mark at home, while the Thunder are 1-5 ATS on the road versus teams with a winning home record.
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