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San Antonio at Oklahoma City NBA Betting Prediction, Pick & TV Info

Written by on March 30, 2017

The Oklahoma City Thunder (43-31) host the San Antonio Spurs (57-17) on Friday night. The Spurs coughed up a 22-point first-quarter lead in a loss to Golden State on Wednesday night to end a five-game winning streak, while the Thunder have won two straight, including a 114-106 win in overtime in Orlando on Wednesday night. Here’s a closer insight on the NBA betting prediction for this game.

San Antonio at Oklahoma City NBA Betting Prediction, Pick & TV Info

When: Friday, March 31, 2017, 8:00pm ET Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City TV: ESPN / FSOK / KENS Radio: San Antonio / Oklahoma City NBA Odds: TBA

Why should you bet on the Spurs?

The Spurs put up 33 in the first quarter and 57 in the first half against Golden State but did not keep that offensive intensity up in the second half. Despite 19 points and five assists, Kawhi Leonard went just 7 for 20 from the floor, as the Warriors sent several different defenders his way. The Thunder do not have as many different lockdown men to send at Leonard, and I also expect the Spurs to have some motivation to put that collapse behind them. The Thunder are a solid team, but after Russell Westbrook they lack the depth that both San Antonio and Golden State possess.

Why should you put your money on the Thunder?

Russell Westbrook continues to make history for the Thunder, almost with each passing game. Against Orlando, he had 57 points in yet another triple-double, his 38th of the season. He needs just three more to tie Oscar Robertson for the most in a season — and his 57 points were the most in a triple-double in NBA history. He has two triple-doubles with 50 or more points this season; no one had accomplished that since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did it in 1975. In overtime, he either scored or assisted on all 12 of Oklahoma City’s points. What’s the problem? Fatigue. In the first eight minutes against Orlando, he turned the ball over seven times. If you like Oklahoma City, you think Westbrook can mount another titanic effort at home, despite all that the Spurs will throw at him.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

I am in awe of the season that Russell Westbrook is having — he has a 99.9% chance of finishing the season averaging a triple-double. However, I see San Antonio coming in with too many weapons; they will take advantage of mistakes in ways that Orlando simply cannot. I predict a final score of Spurs 117, Thunder 114.