The San Antonio Spurs look to regain the upper hand in the Western Conference Finals when they host the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight, Monday June 4th, for Game 5. The best of seven series is tied a 2-2. NBA oddsmakers have the Spurs as -5 point home favorites over the Thunder with the over/under set at 202 points. Be sure to check the Oklahoma City Thunder vs San Antonio Spurs Western Conference Finals Game 5 2012 NBA Point Spreads before the game tips-off.
OKC (10-3, 3-3 V) beat the Spurs, 109-103, deadlocking the series in Game 4 on Saturday. Kevin Durant scored half of his 36 points in the fourth quarter and OKC got some unexpected offense from Serge Ibaka. The 6-foot-10 Ibaka, known more for his shot-blocking and defense, had a career-high 26 points and made all 11 of his field goal attempts, finishing one hoop shy of the NBA playoff record for most shots made without a miss. He was also just the second player to go 11-for-11 from the field. James Harden finished with 11 points, seven boards and seven assists.
To win the series Oklahoma City is going to have to find a way to win at least one game in Texas and Brooks understands the younger and more athletic Thunder have the Spurs on the ropes. “We have a great opportunity in Game 5,” the OKC coach said.
Serge and Perkins looked overmatched and incompetent in missing seven Game 2 tap-ins. In the two losses in San Antonio, the two Thunder big men combined to make just six of 23 shots. Then you saw them in Oklahoma City. In two games, Ibaka made 16 of 20 shots; Perk 9-for-13. That’s 25 of 33. And not just those two. Thabo Sefolosha played OK in San Antonio. He played spectacular back home. Nick Collison was a virtual no-show in Game 2. He was a force in both OKC games. The Thunder must counter that belief to win this series
San Antonio (10-2, 7-0 H) had won 10 consecutive playoff games before losing on Thursday. Tim Duncan had 21 points and eight rebounds in Game 4 for the Spurs, who also received 17 points from Kawhi Leonard, 13 from Manu Ginobili and 12 from Tony Parker and Boris Diaw.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is trying to devise a way to stop his team’s first skid since April 9-11 and focused on the fact that Ibaka, Perkins and fellow big man Nick Collison aren’t likely to continue playing as well as they have, at least offensively. “Maybe they’ll do it again, but I don’t think so,” Popovich said of the Thunder’s big men. “We’ll play the same defense, and if they don’t shoot as well it won’t be because of our defense. It’ll be because they don’t do as well.”
The Bottom Line: The Spurs don’t lose at home and they have the best bench in the NBA. 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 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
Favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
Home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
Thunder are 5-12-1 ATS in the last 18 meetings in San Antonio.
Spurs are 14-3-1 ATS in their last 18 games following a ATS loss.
Spurs are 23-5-1 ATS in their last 29 home games.
Spurs are 23-5-1 ATS in their last 29 games as a home favorite.
Spurs are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a S.U. loss.
Spurs are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games as a home favorite of 5.0-10.5.
Thunder are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. win.
Thunder are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
Thunder are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
Thunder are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Thunder are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference.
Thunder are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Southwest.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs San Antonio Spurs
When: Monday, June 4th@9:00 PM EST
Pick: Spurs -5
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