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A pair of Western Conference teams looking to make a move in the standings take the floor in the Lone Star State. The Oklahoma City Thunder takes the short trip to face the San Antonio Spurs Thursday night. Oklahoma City comes in off a 119-117 home loss to Minnesota in a Northwest Division contest Tuesday night. San Antonio was in action on the road as they faced the Grizzlies in Southwest Division action Wednesday night. The Spurs lead the all-time regular season series 92-75 but the teams split four meetings last season. It was San Antonio picking up a 103-99 home win in the last matchup on March 29, 2018.
Oklahoma City Thunder Shooting to Avoid Three Game Slide
Oklahoma City suffered a second straight loss as they fell a bucket short at home to Minnesota Tuesday night. The Thunder entered Wednesday third in the Western Conference, 2.5 games behind the Nuggets for the top spot in both the conference and the Northwest Division. Oklahoma City was in a tight, back and forth affair all game long and held a 115-114 edge with a minute to play before getting outscored 5-2 the rest of the way. The Thunder shot 50.6 percent from the field, including 12 of 30 from three point range, but free throws told the tale in this one. Oklahoma City was 19 of 26 at the stripe while Minnesota sank 32 of 40. Paul George had 27 points and nine rebounds to lead the way for the Thunder. Oklahoma City has gone 12-9 ATS on the road this season while the under is 15-5-1 in those games.
The Thunder is slightly above average offensively this season as they are 13th with an average of 111.7 points per game. Oklahoma City is 3rd in the league in rebounding with 48.5 boards per contest. The Thunder is 24th in assists with 22.3 per game. Oklahoma City is 7th in the league in scoring defense as they allowed 106.1 points a night. Russell Westbrook is second on the team as he puts up 21.2 points, 10.8 rebounds, 10.3 assists and 2.53 steals per game. Paul George adds 26.8 points plus eight boards and 2.18 steals a contest in his second year with the team. Steven Adams chips in 15.4 points plus 10.2 boards a night while Dennis Schroder adds 15.2 points and 4.4 assists per game. Jerami Grant (12.3 points, 4.8 rebounds), Corey Brewer, Terrance Ferguson, Andre Roberson, Raymond Felton, Alex Abrines and Patrick Patterson have to make their presence known on both ends. Roberson is still out after rupturing his patellar tendon on January 27. He suffered a setback and will be out until at least mid-January as a second surgery may be required. Oklahoma City is tied for 16th in the league in field goal percentage as the team shoots 45.5 percent from the floor. The Thunder is 24th with 9.7 made threes per game and stand 30th in three point shooting at 32.3 percent.
San Antonio Spurs Return Home to Close Back to Back
San Antonio was in action on the road in Grind City as they faced the slumping Grizzlies in a Southwest Division matchup Wednesday night. The Spurs entered that game tied with the Rockets for the top spot in the Southwest Division and stood sixth in the Western Conference, four games behind the Nuggets for the top spot in the conference. San Antonio is just 1-6 in the second game of back to back situations this season. The Spurs are good offensively in those games, averaging 116 points a game, which outpaces their season mark of 111.9 points a night. Defensively, San Antonio has been awful in those games, allowing 121.1 points per game compared to their season mark of 108.6 points per game. The Spurs are 16-6 ATS at home this season and the over is 11-11 in those games.
The Spurs are average offensively this season, ranking 11th in scoring offense with 111.9 points per game. San Antonio is 20th in rebounding with 44.3 boards a contest while the team is 11th in assists with 24.9 dimes per game. San Antonio is 11th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 108.6 points a game. LaMarcus Aldridge contributes 20 points and 8.6 rebounds a night. DeMar DeRozan puts up a team-leading 22.6 points and 6.2 assists per game in his first season in San Antonio. Pau Gasol averages 6.8 points and 6.1 rebounds while Rudy Gay (13.6 points, 6.6 boards), Patty Mills, Davis Bertans, Bryn Forbes (12.3 points), Dante Cunningham, Marco Belinelli (9.8 points) and Jakob Poeltl all are going to be looked at to contribute for coach Gregg Popovich’s team. The Spurs are 4th in the league by shooting 48 percent from the field. San Antonio is 25th in three point field goals per game with 9.6 per contest. The Spurs are 1st in the league by knocking down 39.7 percent of their long-range attempts. Dejounte Murray (torn ACL, out for the season), Gasol (sore foot, out indefinitely) and rookie Lonnie Walker IV (torn right meniscus) are out of the lineup: Gasol is out indefinitely while Walker IV is expected back in mid-January.
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- Thunder are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road game