Top spot in the Western Conference is up for grabs on Monday night in San Antonio, where Oklahoma City arrive for a battle of the giants. Without Tony Parker, the Spurs may find it hard to resist the Thunder and protect their own supremacy.
It was a bad night at the office for San Antonio on Friday, when they gave up 136 points to struggling Portland, falling to a 30-point reverse that was their worst defeat of the Tim Duncan era. They’ve split their series with OKC thus far but minus Parker’s team-best 21 points per night, it will fall to Cory Joseph, Nando de Colo and Patty Mills to collectively bridge the gap.
That’s no easy task when the trio will also be matched up against Russell Westbrook, who is averaging 26.8 points over the Thunder’s last ten games. And that’s why Oklahoma City are great value at 2.15 for victory.
Eight consecutive victories have given the Denver Nuggets a shot at earning homecourt advantage in the play-offs. A win in Phoenix tonight will move them into the top four in the West, above Memphis, and momentum is on their side.
With a league-best 28-3 record at home, the Nuggets have been let down by their form on the road but they’re good value to make it four in a row away from Denver at 1.91 on a handicap of -8.5.
The Suns did win 110-100 in the teams' previous meeting this season and have won three of their last five. But with Marcin Gortat sidelined, Phoenix will struggle to repel the visitors’ athleticism in the paint and on the perimeter.
Best bet: Take Oklahoma City to defeat San Antonio at 2.15