NBA Playoff Preview: San Antonio at Oklahoma City, Game 3

Posted by Aaron . on May 5, 2016 in

On Friday night, the San Antonio Spurs will be in Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal. The Spurs ran the Thunder out of the gym in Game 1 but then only suffered their second home loss of the entire 2015-16 campaign (regular season and playoffs) when the Thunder pulled off a 98-97 win that, according to the NBA, featured FIVE different missed calls in the final sequence. Find the latest NBA betting odds here.

NBA Playoff Preview: San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder, Game 3

When: Friday, May 6, 2016, 9:30pm Eastern time
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City
TV: ESPN
Radio: WWLS The Sports Animal 98.1 FM OKC
Live Stream: NBA-Stream.com
NBA Odds: TBA

 

 

Why should you bet on San Antonio?

The Thunder did a pretty good job on defense — but LaMarcus Aldridge still managed to post 41 points all by himself, almost half of the Spurs’ total output of 97. The Thunder managed to limit the Spurs to 43 percent shooting. The only other two Spurs in double figures were Manu Ginobili (11) and Kawhi Leonard (14). Even with that solid defense, the Spurs were still almost able to swipe the game at the end. The Spurs went 1 for 13 to start Game 2, and it’s unlikely they will be that cold again at the start of the next game.

Why should you put your money on the Thunder?

The Thunder learned what happens when you pair a solid defense with an all-world offense. The pace slowed, which was more in the Spurs’ favor, but the Thunder were still able to get key stops all night long after jumping out to a 29-21 first lead at the end of the first period. Westbrook and Durant were still solid in offense, and if they can equal that performance on Friday night, they will have a 2-1 series lead. The Thunder were 2-0 against the Spurs in Oklahoma City during the regular season.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like the Thunder to combine quality offense and disciplined defense once again to take a 2-1 series lead and win, 104-101.