Spurs at Thunder: What bettors need to know

Dec 17, 2012 |
Spurs at Thunder: What bettors need to know
The Spurs are 0-4-1 ATS in their last five meetings with OKC.
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The Spurs are 0-4-1 ATS in their last five meetings with OKC.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder (-4.5, 207)

The Oklahoma City Thunder have been rolling along, having won 10 in a row to seize the best record in the NBA. The Thunder will face a familiar opponent on Monday when they host the San Antonio Spurs, the team which they defeated during last season's Western Conference finals. The Spurs exacted a small measure of revenge with an 86-84 triumph when the teams met on Nov. 1.

The Thunder, who posted a 113-103 win over Sacramento on Friday, enters the contest with a league-best 105.7 scoring average and 9.3 point differential. San Antonio can also score some points, as it showed when it surpassed 130 on two occasions recently. The Spurs didn't reach that total, but secured a comfortable 103-88 victory over Boston on Saturday.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Southwest (San Antonio), Fox Sports Oklahoma

ABOUT THE SPURS (19-6, 16-8-1 ATS):
Tony Parker drained the game-winning 21-footer as time expired when the teams met last month. Tim Duncan had 20 points and eight rebounds, but veteran guard Manu Ginobili missed that contest. As it turns out, Ginobili is doubtful to play on Monday as well. Ginobili suffered a bruised left quad in Saturday's win, prompting coach Gregg Popovich to say on Sunday that "it's hard to believe he'd be ready (for Monday), but I'm not sure."

ABOUT THE THUNDER (19-4, 14-8-1 ATS): Kevin Durant, who scored 31 points on Friday, had a game-high 23 points when Oklahoma City last played San Antonio. The three-time NBA scoring champion is having another brilliant season - with his 27.5 points per game already ahead of his career average. Oklahoma City owns a sparkling 13-2 mark at home, bested only by New York's 10-0 record at Madison Square Garden.

Sixty percent of Cover Consensus players are picking the Thunder while 69 percent are on the over.


* Over is 7-1-1 in the last nine meetings in Oklahoma City.
* Favorite is 4-1-1 ATS in the last six meetings.
* Home team is 4-1-1 ATS in the last six meetings.
* Over is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.
* Spurs are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in Oklahoma City.
* Spurs are 0-4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.


1. Oklahoma City will look to match its longest winning streak since November 1996, when the franchise won 11 in a row as the Seattle SuperSonics.

2. San Antonio F Stephen Jackson will miss his 15th consecutive game with a finger injury.

3. Thunder G Russell Westbrook has struggled with his shot over the last two games. Westbrook, who is just 8-for-27, started the month by going 36-for-78.

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