The San Antonio Spurs will try for their 20th straight win tonight, Tuesday May 29th, as they host the Oklahoma City Thunder for Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. The Spurs lead the best of seven series 1-0 and went 2-1 against the Thunder during the lockout-shortened regular season. NBA oddsmakers have the Spurs as -5 point home favorites over the Thunder with the over/under set at 201.5 points. Be sure to check the Oklahoma City Thunder vs San Antonio Spurs Western Conference Finals Game 2 2012 NBA Point Spreads before the game tips-off.
OKC’s (8-2, 3-2 V) Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 27 points, James Harden scored 19, Russell Westbrook had 17 and Derek Fisher added 13 points after making his first six shots. “It was a hard-fought ball game,” said Coach Scott Brooks. “Nothing to be ashamed of.”
The Thunder’s offense got stagnant and the ball stopped moving in the fourth quarter. It was largely a byproduct of James Harden, the team’s best playmaker, not having the ball in his hands. “I think this entire postseason, even in the regular season, the fourth quarter, the majority of the time, I have the ball in my hands and making plays,” Harden said. “Hopefully, we’ll get back to that.”
Harden was reduced to a decoy, a spot-up shooter and a screen-setter while the Thunder force-fed the ball to Kevin Durant. “He had it going,” Harden said of Durant. “He was making plays not only for himself but other players on the court. It was just one of those nights where we went through Kevin, our leading scorer.”
San Antonio (9-0, 5-0 H) erased a nine-point, fourth-quarter deficit in the opener against OKC and won Game 1, 101-98. Manu Ginobili scored 26 points off the bench, while Tony Parker finished with 18 points, Tim Duncan scored 16 with 11 rebounds and Gary Neal had 12 points off the bench. It was the Spurs’ franchise-record 19th straight win dating back more than six weeks and has Coach Gregg Popovich’s club another step closer to the NBA Finals.
Even though the Spurs won, Popovich wasn’t impressed by the way his team played. Popovich addressed his team during a fourth-quarter timeout and said, “Are we having fun yet?” Popovich begins. “I need a little bit more dose of nasty. I’m seeing a little bit of unconfidence, a little hesitation. It’s not supposed to be easy. Every round gets tougher. Penetrate hard. Good passes. Shoot with confidence. I want some nasty.” After that the Spurs overcame a nine-point deficit in the final period for the win.
The Spurs went 2-1 against the Thunder during the lockout-shortened regular season. Oklahoma City won the first meeting, 108-96 on Jan. 8 at Chesapeake Energy Arena, but the Spurs came back to take the season series with a 107-96 victory Feb. 4 at the AT&T Center and a 114-105 road win March 16.
The Bottom Line: The Spurs have the better starters and the best bench in the NBA. They won’t be pressured until their in OKC. Want to dominate the books this season with some of the best NBA Picks Experts in the business? Then sign up right now and get NBA Picks Free!
Recent Trends to Consider:
Over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Spurs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Tuesday games.
Spurs are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite of 0.5-4.5.
Spurs are 13-2-1 ATS in their last 16 games following a ATS loss.
Spurs are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Spurs are 22-5-1 ATS in their last 28 home games.
Thunder are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Thunder are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Thunder are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
Thunder are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
Thunder are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 road games.
Thunder are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs San Antonio Spurs
When: Tuesday, May 29th@9:00 PM EST
Pick: Spurs -5
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