The Oklahoma City Thunder are in an 0-2 hole as the series shifts to the Chesapeake Energy Arena tonight, Thursday May 31st, for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the lossless San Antonio Spurs. Only 14 teams in NBA playoff history have overcome 2-0 deficits to win the series. NBA oddsmakers have the Thunder as -4 point home favorites over the Spurs with the over/under set at 206 points. Be sure to check the San Antonio Spurs vs Oklahoma City Thunder Western Conference Finals Game 3 2012 NBA Point Spreads before the game tips-off.
San Antonio (10-0, 4-0 V) put on an offensive clinic in dismantling the Thunder in Game 2 to improve to 10-0 in the postseason and stretch its unbeaten streak to a record 20 games. The Spurs were able to close it out for a 120-111 victory. Tony Parker had 34 points and eight assists, while Manu Ginobili added 20 points. Guided by Parker, San Antonio shredded Oklahoma City’s defence with pinpoint passes for three quarters. The Spurs were shooting 63 per cent from the field and 64 per cent from 3-point range at one point in the third quarter and stretched the lead to 22 points in the second half.
Kendrick Perkins said the Thunder will be determined to deny the Spurs their favored shooting locations in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals. “I think we’ve got to play more physical,” Perkins said. “They are running freely and getting to whatever spot they want to get to. We’ve got to do a better job on that, starting with the bigs.” Perkins said his team needs more if it wants to climb back into the series. “You can’t make a statement with a loss,” Perkins said. “We did not make a statement — we were just playing catch-up all night. That’s not making a statement. Making a statement is winning the game.”
OKC’s (8-3, 5-0 H) Kevin Durant had 31 points, Russell Westbrook had 27 points and eight assists and James Harden rebounded from a rough Game 1 to score 30 for the Thunder, who have lost two straight for the first time since early April. Oklahoma City dropped to 15-4 in games after losses this season. On a positive note, the Thunder are the first team to reach 100 points against San Antonio in the post-season.
“First, we’ve got to worry about Game 3,” Thunder guard Russell Westbrook said. “Regardless of what’s going on with this last game or the next game, we’ve got to worry about Game 3 and come in with the same mindset and try to get a win.”
At least now, the Thunder get to return home, where they are 5-0 in the playoffs. But only 14 teams in NBA playoff history have overcome 2-0 deficits to win series, and the Spurs show no signs of letting the Thunder back in it.
The Bottom Line: The Spurs will have to be even better, that’s hard to imagine, but I think they cover and OKC gets the win. 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!
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Over is 5-0-1 in the last 6 meetings in Oklahoma City.
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Thunder are 15-3 ATS in their last 18 Thursday games.
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Thunder are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Thunder are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Thunder are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
San Antonio Spurs vs Oklahoma City Thunder
When: Thursday, May 31st@9:00 PM EST
Pick: Spurs +4
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