San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Pro Basketball Odds and Predictions

San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder
Monday, 12/17/12, 8:00 PM EST, TV:  FSOK
Opening Point Spread:  Oklahoma City -5
Current Betting Line:  Oklahoma City -5
Opening Total:  207.5
Current Total:  207
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

San Antonio Spurs PG Tony Parker will need to be great in hopes of ending Oklahoma City’s win streak Monday night

San Antonio hits the road after snapping a two-game losing streak by picking up a 103-88 victory over the Boston Celtics as nine-point home favorites, while going UNDER the total for a third consecutive game.  The Spurs were led by the play of point guard Tony Parker, who finished with 29 points and 12 assists.  “Tony’s a phenomenal player,” commented Spurs guard Gary Neal.  He leads the team in scoring 19.2 points and averaging 7.5 assists per game.  San Antonio is 10-5 ATS on the road this season, which can’t be ignored when making your NBA picks against the spread on Monday night.

The Spurs have played 15 games on the road compared to just 10 at home, which is important to consider when looking over the pro basketball odds page.  San Antonio may be playing this game without the services of sixth man Manu Ginobili, who suffered a bruised left quad in the opening quarter against the Celtics.  He also missed the team’s 86-84 win over Oklahoma City as two-point home favorites on Nov. 1.

Oklahoma City enters with a 10-game win streak for the first time since 1996, as it comes off a 113-103 victory over the Sacramento Kings as 13-point home favorites on Friday, while going OVER the total for the fourth time in five opportunities.  “We’re a pretty talented team and getting better every day,” commented Thunder guard Kevin Martin.  Offensively, the team is averaging 109.6 points and shooting 50.2 percent during the streak, which is important to consider when looking at the betting total.  Oklahoma City is 44-26 ATS when revenging a loss versus an opponent the last two-plus years.

The Thunder are currently 8-1 at Chesapeake Energy Arena versus Western Conference opponents, as they lead the NBA in averaging 105.7 points per game, while outscoring opponents by an average of 9.3 a contest.  Oklahoma City is also getting it done on the defensive end, limiting teams to 42.6 percent shooting from the field, which ranks second in the league at this point.

Sports bettors will likely back the Thunder due to the favorite going 4-1-1 ATS in the last six meetings, while the Spurs are 1-4 ATS in their last five trips to Oklahoma City.

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