The San Antonio Spurs will see their season become history if they cannot avoid a fourth consecutive loss to the host Oklahoma City Thunder tonight, Wednesday June 6th, for Game 6 of the Western Conference finals. Only 14, six percent of NBA teams, have overcome an 0-2 deficit in a seven- game series. NBA oddsmakers have the Thunder as -5 point home favorites over the Spurs with the over/under set at 202.5 points. Be sure to check the San Antonio Spurs vs Oklahoma City Thunder Western Conference Finals Game 6 2012 NBA Point Spreads before the game tips-off.
San Antonio’s (10-3, 4-2 V) Manu Ginobili had a chance to tie the contest with 4.9 seconds remaining, but his three-pointer from the left wing was off the mark. Inserted into the Spurs’ starting lineup for the first time this postseason, Ginobili poured in a game-high 34 points.
“Championship teams win on the road,” Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said. “If we can’t do that tonight, then we’re not championship caliber. It’s as simple as that.”
Coach Popovich is confident his charges will make the final hurdle a tough one for OKC “Obviously you’ve got to win the next one,” the San Antonio mentor said. “We’re one of four teams out of 30 (playing). We’re here for a reason, and I’ll be on them, and I’m very sure they’ll come out ready to go.”
“You have to win on the road if you want to win a championship,” point guard Tony Parker added. “We have a great challenge in front of us and it is going to be hard but I know we have a good team that can do it.”
OKC (11-3, 7-0 H) moved within one win of the NBA Finals with a 108-103 victory in San Antonio on Monday night, giving them a chance to close out the series on their home floor. Kevin Durant scored 22 of his 27 points in the second half while Russell Westbrook added 23 points and 12 assists for the Thunder. James Harden netted 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and nailed a game-deciding three-pointer in the final minute in Game 5 on Monday.
“We have a great opportunity,” Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said on Tuesday. “We’re on our home floor but that doesn’t guarantee automatic victory. They’re not going to give us the game. They’re not just going to say, ‘We’ve lost three in a row, we’re going to give in.’ We know we have a tough challenge ahead.”
During the past three games, the Thunder have spread the scoring wealth among role players such as Serge Ibaka, Kendrick Perkins, Thabo Sefolosha and Daequan Cook. The Spurs’ offense, meanwhile, has at times looked like more of a solo act. With the ball failing to move during much of their three losses, the Spurs have totaled 57 assists and 52 turnovers. They have committed 21 turnovers apiece three times, including a Game 1 in which they were victorious. Manu Ginobili has coughed up a team-high 15 turnovers in the past three games. Tony Parker has 11.
The Bottom Line: The Spurs have to be better than better; they have to have all players contributing. I want the Spurs, but I think OKC will move on. 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 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings in Oklahoma City.
Over is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.
Spurs are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Spurs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as an underdog of 5.0-10.5.
Spurs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a road underdog of 5.0-10.5.
Spurs are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 Wednesday games.
Thunder are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite.
Thunder are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win.
Thunder are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
Thunder are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 playoff games as a favorite.
Spurs are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Northwest.
Spurs are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Conference Finals games.
Spurs are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
Spurs are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 playoff games as an underdog of 5.0-10.5.
San Antonio Spurs vs Oklahoma City Thunder
When: Wednesday, June 6th@9:00 PM EST
Pick: OKC -5
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