NBA Expert Picks: San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder
Thursday, 4/4/13, 9:30 PM EST, TV:  TNT
Opening Point Spread:  Oklahoma City -8
Current Betting Line:  Oklahoma City -7
Opening Total:  204
Current Total:  199.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The San Antonio Spurs haven't had much success on the road recently against the Oklahoma City Thunder

The San Antonio Spurs haven’t had much success on the road recently against the Oklahoma City Thunder

San Antonio snapped a two-game losing streak by picking up a 98-84 win over the Orlando Magic as 12.5-point home favorites Wednesday night, while going UNDER the total for the fifth time in six contests.  The Spurs sat numerous regulars in that affair, which is important to consider when looking over the pro basketball odds page, but they expect to have Tony Parker back on the floor.  The franchise has dropped three consecutive games when playing the second game of a back-to-back situation.  San Antonio is 20-10-2 ATS in April the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 21-11 in that situation.

The Spurs are 23-14 overall on the road this season, including an even 11-11 mark versus Western Conference opponents.  San Antonio has won two of three meetings with Oklahoma City during the 2012-13 campaign, but suffered a 107-93 defeat as 5.5-point road underdogs on Dec. 17, while the UNDER has cashed in all three of those affairs.  Offensively, the team is fourth in the league in averaging 103.7 points per game, while ranking second in shooting 48.6 percent from the floor.

Oklahoma City has won four of its last five games, including a 109-99 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks as six-point road favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the total for the first time in six contests.  The Thunder have outscored the Spurs by an average of 12.0 points in winning four consecutive games in the series at Chesapeake Energy Arena, which is important to consider when making your NBA expert picks.  Oklahoma City is 5-2 ATS as home favorites of 6.5 to 9 points this season, with the UNDER going 4-2-1 in that situation.

The Thunder are a dominating 32-5 at home this season, including a 22-2 mark versus conference rivals.  Oklahoma City is first in the NBA in averaging 106.0 points per game, which has been helped along by shooting 48.1 percent from the field.  The franchise also leads the league in outscoring foes by an average of 9.2 points per game.

Sports bettors will likely back the Thunder due to the home team being 3-0-1 ATS in the last four meetings in this series, while the OVER is 7-2-1 in the last 10 games in Oklahoma City between these two rivals.

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