NBA Playoff Matchup: Game 5 – Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs
Date / Time: Tuesday, May 10 – 8:05 PM ET
Site: AT&T Center – San Antonio
TV Coverage: TNT
Pointspread: Spurs -7
Total: 199.5 points
Oklahoma City got 41 points out of Kevin Durant in Game 4, as he hit 14 of his 25 shots. He was helped out greatly by Russell Westbrook, who had 15 assists on the evening. An added boost was provided by Dion Waiters, who scored 17 points off the bench, and Oklahoma City outscored San Antonio 34-16 in the fourth quarter, Durant hitting all six of his field-goal attempts. This was a definitive win for the Thunder, but they have to take their show on the road, where San Antonio has lost only one meaningful game this season. But fortunately for Billy Donovan’s team, that game was to them, as OKC evened the series in Game 2. Actually, the Thunder have pretty much outplayed the Spurs over the last three games, and that might come as a bit of surprise to BetAnySports customers who may have been expecting domination by a team that has now won 73 games on the season, inclusive of the playoffs.
The Spurs have to improve their ball movement. That was something Gregg Popovich made very clear while he was being interviewed by Craig Sager during the game, and when you look at the numbers, it is really stunning that they only had a dozen assists, compared to the 39 assists they rolled up in Game 1, when they beat the Thunder by 32 points at the AT&T Center. There was some balance, as three players had 20 or more points for San Antonio, but Tim Duncan was not one of them. He had no field goals and no free throws in Game 4, and has been a virtual non-factor thus far, with only 12 points and 15 rebounds for the entire series. This hurts the Spurs’ cause.
Oklahoma City has been rather poor from beyond the arc. That has not exactly been their strong suit all season, but they are below their season average, hitting only 31.6% of their attempts. And no one should really expect San Antonio to duplicate their futility from three-point territory, as they had only two of 12 triples in Game 4.
But BetAnySports patrons should be surprised if the Thunder have a rebounding edge. They have averaged 42 boards per game, giving them a 4.2 margin per contest in the series. The lack of contribution from Duncan has certainly been a factor there.
Oklahoma City is 61-30 straight-up and 40-48-3 against the basketball pointspread, and that includes all the playoff games. San Antonio is 73-17 straight-up and 49-41 ATS. Oklahoma City’s road record against the number is 18-25, while San Antonio has gone 26-19 ATS at home. San Antonio has played five of their last six home games under the total, while Oklahoma City has played five of its last seven games over the total.
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