San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
NBA: Tuesday, February 11, Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma, 8:00 PM ET
The San Antonio Spurs responded to a three-game losing run with a couple of home wins, but then suffered four consecutive defeats on the road. Following the most recent loss to the Sacramento Kings, the Spurs dropped to a 22-30 record and are in the 10th place in the Western Conference.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are in an excellent form at the moment. They won nine of the previous 11 games, but after going four in a row, the Thunder fell short to the Boston Celtics at home. The Thunder dropped to a 32-21 record and are in the 7th place in the West.
These conference rivals already met twice this season; both games were played in San Antonio, and the series is currently tied at 1-1.
The Spurs couldn't defend the Kings from beyond the arcSan Antonio shot well in a 122-102 road loss to the Sacramento Kings and had a bit over 50% from the floor, but the Spurs hit just seven three-pointers opposite Sacramento's 19. The perimeter shooting was a big difference in this duel. Dejounte Murray led the Spurs with 17 points, game-high nine assists, nine rebounds, and game-high three steals. Bryn Forbes scored 14 points with a couple of thefts, DeMar DeRozan added 14 points and six dimes, while LaMarcus Aldridge posted a double-double of 12 points and team-high ten boards, along with game-high three blocks.
"We have a problem sustaining good play for 48 minutes," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "At the end of the third quarter, the last four minutes, it was a great game and we get outscored 17-2 with the second team out there. That's unacceptable. Those guys have to man up and play better."
This season, the Spurs have the 9th offense in the NBA that averages 113.1 points per game, and they are facing the Thunder's 10th defense that allows 107.7 points per contest. The Spurs are the 16th in rebounds with 45.2 and 13th in assists with 24.4 per game.
The Thunder fell short to the Celtics at homeOklahoma City failed to record its fifth consecutive victory after falling short to the Boston Celtics at Chesapeake Energy Arena. It was an even game in the opening three quarters, but Boston controlled the most of the final 12 minutes and secured a tight 112-111 win. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari led the Thunder with 24 points apiece and combined for 11 rebounds. Dennis Schroder added 22 points and seven boards, while Chris Paul chipped in with 22 points, five rebounds, game-high five assists, and two steals. Darius Bazley sustained a thumb injury in the last game and is questionable to face the Spurs on Tuesday.
"I thought our guys really, really competed and played," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. "We weren't able to finish well enough in some crucial situations."
This season, the Thunder have the 18th offense in the NBA that averages 110.5 points per game, and they are facing the Spurs' 21st defense that allows 114.4 points per contest. The Thunder are the 22nd in rebounds with 43.3 and 27th in assists with 22.0 per game.
The top supporting trends for this game are found on Covers.com San Antonio:
- 1-4 ATS in their last five games following an ATS loss
- 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall
- 1-7 ATS in their last eight Tuesday games
- 0-4 ATS in their last four road games
- 5-1 ATS in their last six Tuesday games
- 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games overall
- 20-7 ATS in their last 27 games playing on one day of rest