The Oklahoma City Thunder will play for the second straight night when visiting the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday after playing on the road Wednesday night against the Dallas Mavericks. The Thunder are 14-20 following a 126-96 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Saturday. Oklahoma City had its two-game winning streak snapped with the loss to Denver and the Thunder have lost eight of the last 12. Oklahoma City is fourth in the Northwest division 12 ½ games behind front running Utah.
San Antonio defeated the New York Knicks 119-93 on Tuesday night as Trey Lyles scored 18 points and Dejounte Murray chipped in with 17 points. San Antonio is first in the Southwest Division with a two-game lead over both Memphis and Dallas. The Spurs have won four of the last six. San Antonio is allowing nearly the exact same number of points the Spurs are scoring as the offense generates 111.3 points per game and the defense is allowing an average of 111.1 points per game.
Thunder Needs Help on OffenseThe Oklahoma City Thunder are 27th in the NBA in scoring with an average of 106.7 points per game. Oklahoma City is shooting only 44.9% overall and 34.4% from long distance. Shai Alexander-Gilgeous is the leading scorer for the Thunder with an average of 23.2 points per game and is one of 7 players for OKC averaging double figures in scoring. Gilgeous-Alexander not only fills the hole better than the rest on OKC, but is also the dish leader with a team-high 6.3 assists per game. Oklahoma City averages 23.4 assists per game and 13.7 turnovers per contest for an assist to turnover ratio of 1.7.
Off the boards, Oklahoma City is averaging 44.3 rebounds per game with 36.6 on the defensive end and only 7.6 per game off the offensive glass. The leading rebounder for Oklahoma City is Darius Bazley with an average of 7.4 per contest. The Thunder are averaging 7.1 steals and 4.3 blocked shots per game led by Theo Maledon with an average of 1.0 steals and Bazley with an average of 0.6 swats per contest. Oklahoma City is allowing an average of 112.4 points per game and opponents are shooting an average of 46.3%.
Injury Report: Darius Miller is questionable Wednesday for Oklahoma City, while George Hill and Hamidou Diallo are out until mid-March and Trevor Ariza is out indefinitely
San Antonio winning by the slimmest of marginsSan Antonio is scoring 0.2 points more per game than the Spurs are giving up. Nonetheless, San Antonio is playing .581 basketball and leading the Southwest Division by two games over the Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks. San Antonio's offense is generating 111.3 points per game led by DeMar DeRozan who is scoring an average of 20.0 points per game. The Spurs have 7 players averaging double-figures in scoring and as a team, San Antonio shoots 45.5% overall and 36.5% from long distance. DeRozan is also the leader in assists for San Antonio with a team-high average of 7.3 dishes per contest. Coach Gregg Popovich stresses protecting the ball and San Antonio does that very well averaging only 10.4 turnovers per game and with an average of 25.3 assists per game, San Antonio has an NBA leading 2.4 assist to turnover ratio.
The Spurs are averaging 45.0 rebounds per game with 35.8 on the defense and 9.1 off the offensive glass. The leading rebounder is Jakob Poeltl with an average of 7.4 boards per game. San Antonio steals the ball an average of 7.2 times per game and averages 4.9 blocked shots per game. The leader in steals is Murray with an average of 1.6 per game and Poeltl is the swat commander for the Spurs with a team-high 1.6 blocks per game.
Injury Report: Questionable Thursday for the Spurs are LaMarcus Aldridge, Rudy Gay, Devin Vassell and Derrick White, while Quinndary Weatherspoon is out indefinitely
- San Antonio is 4-2 ATS in the last six at home
- Oklahoma City is 4-9 ATS in the last 13 during March
- The Thunder are 1-5 ATS in the last six on the road