San Antonio Spurs 1.36 – Oklahoma City Thunder 3.20 (Spurs lead 1-0)
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were great in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. The rest of the OKC Thunder? Not so much.
And that’s why the San Antonio Spurs were able to absorb the punches landed by Oklahoma City’s Big Two before hitting back in the fourth quarter for a 122-105 blowout that gives them the upper hand headed into Wednesday’s Game 2.
While Durant and Westbrook combined for 52 points, the rest of OKC’s starters added just five with Nick Collison and Thabo Sefalosha scoreless.
With Serge Ibaka still likely done for the season, the Thunder desperately need their bench to step up and not rely so much on the league’s MVP Durant, who is 1.80 to notch over 32.5 points this time.
With the Spurs actively resting their starters in the third quarter, it’s a good time of the game to look at Oklahoma City on the point spread where they’re 2.38.
But without Ikaba’s presence, Tim Duncan was able to roam at will with the veteran worth a punt at 1.75 to score 18 or more following his 27 points in just 29 minutes on Monday.
Overall, with the visitors’ defence weakened, the best value bets are on a high scoreline once more with a total of 218.5 available at 2.85.
That would suits the hosts nicely and although I foresee a 2-0 advantage coming up, the Thunder’s leading men are still too good for San Antonio to sweep.
The Spurs are now 1.20 to advance to the NBA Finals for the second straight year. On the evidence of Game 1, picking them now to oust their rivals 4-2 at 5.00 might be one to watch.
Best bet: Go over 218.5 total points in Spurs - Thunder at 2.85