Oklahoma City Thunder – San Antonio Spurs
If there ever was a time for the San Antonio Spurs’ winning streak - currently 19 games - to come to an end, then surely it has to be tonight at the Oklahoma City Thunder. Every NBA franchise has their bogey team and for the Spurs, it’s Oklahoma.
The Thunder’s won all three previous meetings this season, by an average of 8.3 points, including both meetings in San Antonio, and Kevin Durant’s side can now go for the sweep.
The Spurs currently lead the West by four games over the second place Thunder, but even if the Spurs lose this evening, it’s not going to stop them ending up with the best regular season record in the NBA.
Unless there’s an upset, there’s a very good chance of these two meeting in the Western Conference finals, so even though Kevin Durant and company would not have home court advantage, they will use tonight’s game as a chance to send a message that they won’t fear the Spurs come the playoffs.
Another factor for considering the Thunder is that they have had a few days off, while the Spurs played last night. It was a blowout win so the Spurs’ stars got plenty of rest but you have to wonder if their coach Gregg Popovich will decide to rest one or more of his key players.
The Spurs are an older team and getting rest before the play-offs is important, so you can’t see them wanting to go full throttle against a younger, more athletic Thunder team.
With all that in mind, go for Thunder to win at 1.72. For something a little different, take the Thunder to be the first team to reach 20 points at 1.82.
Los Angeles Clippers – Dallas Mavericks
This is another game which has a home team win all over it when the Los Angeles Clippers host the Dallas Mavericks, as the Clippers have lost only five games at Staples all season.
If the Thunder somehow loses to San Antonio in the earlier game, the Clippers will know a win would put them only half a game behind the Thunder for the second seed, so take the Clippers to win at 1.53.
Best bet: Oklahoma Thunder to beat San Antonio Spurs at 1.72.