Pick #1 – San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder
The second round of the NBA playoffs is in full swing and oh boy are things starting to heat up. After getting smoked in game 1 the Thunder stormed back in game two to score a win on the Spurs home court. With the series now 1-1 and headed into Oklahoma both teams are merging to even which is evident in stats like the Spurs 7-3 and Thunder 6-4 recent 10 records. The Oklahoma City Thunder (60-29) and the San Antonio Spurs (72-16) are both playing on all cylinders and should be in for a real shootout tonight as we see San Antonio try to out duel Oklahoma at home. Neither squad is reporting any injuries so the entire arsenal will be out tonight and that should mean lots of buckets as OKC pushes the pace at home as they like to do. The Thunder have the opportunity to take back home court advantage over the Spurs so a lot is on the line for both which usually means scoring and more scoring. This is a one off playoff specific situation we are reviewing here and both franchises seem to get up for games in Oklahoma so taking the OVER is going to be a great pick for the following reasons. The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games. What we are seeing here is a high flying Thunder home team that will try to make a statement tonight and not by playing defense. The offensive and defensive combined stats over the past 10 games are 208.8 and 188.2 respectively so its really the offensive side of the pendulum that we are hoping to hit here with our OVER selection. The over/under for this NBA spread total opened at 199 and seems to have jumped up 1.5 points so things are looking favorable on our side as the money is showing us. For the Spurs this is almost a must win and favored by -2.5 on the road will be no easy task and most likely take a lot of points. The public consensus for this pick is a solid 66% so this prediction seems evident to a lot of people. The last time these two team met in Oklahoma resulted in a 111 – 92 Thunder win so expect much of the same this contest. We have to feel confident in the OVER 200.5 as these two powerhouses are geared up for a big game and especially given the circumstances..
San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder - Western Conference Playoffs Semi-Finals - Game 3 - Friday, May 06, 2016 9:35 PM
519 San Antonio Spurs -2½
520 Oklahoma City Thunder +2½
519 San Antonio Spurs Over 200½
520 Oklahoma City Thunder Under 200½
Betting odds provided by 5Dimes
OVER 200.5 (2 Units)
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