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When and where: March 2, 2019, AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX, 8:30 PM ET
The Oklahoma City Thunder hope to snap a three-game losing streak on Saturday when they go on the road to face the San Antonio Spurs. Since the Thunder’s epic offensive performance against the Utah Jazz, they have gone on to lose games to the Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets and Sacramento Kings. Meanwhile, the Spurs snapped a three-game losing skid on Wednesday when they returned home against the Detroit Pistons.
No Paul George in loss to the Sixers
The Thunder lost more than the game in Tuesday’s outing against the Nuggets. Star forward Paul Georgereportedly injured his right shoulder and was forced to sit out Thursday night’s home game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Not even a Russell Westbrook triple-double performance was enough to carry the Thunder past the playoff-contending Sixers.
George hasn’t only emerged as Westbrook’s best teammate, but he is the Thunder’s leading scorer and an MVP candidate this season. He is averaging 28.6 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game, putting his production in the irreplaceable category. The Thunder’s offense struggled against the Sixers with a 43.7 field goal shooting percentage, including going 8-of-27 from 3-pointer.
Westbrook finished the game with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, while Jerami Grant contributed 23 points and six rebounds in the 108-104 loss. The Thunder could have used George’s defense on Sixers forward Tobias Harris, who dropped 32 points in a game that All-Star center Joel Embiid didn’t even play in.
Spurs show life against the Pistons
There’s nothing like a good home response to jolt a little life back into a struggling basketball team. The Spurs got exactly that when they returned to the AT&T Center on Wednesday to take on a Pistons team that had won its last three consecutive games. After losing seven times in an eight-game road stretch, the Spurs played like a team fighting to keep from drowning in the deep waters of the Western Conference.
They barely managed to stay afloat by knocking off the Pistons. Perhaps the most surprising part of the game was they actually out-rebounded the Pistons, who are the sixth-best rebounding team in the league. Meanwhile, the Spurs sit at dead last at crashing the boards. The combination of star guard DeMar DeRozan and center Jakob Poeltl was enough to overcome the two towers, Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond, in the paint.
LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with a team-high 24 points, five rebounds, three assists and two blocks, while DeRozan dropped 17 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists and two steals. Poeltl netted a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds in the 105-93 win.
- Thunder are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in the previous game
- Thunder are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games
- Thunder are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games against teams in the Western Conference
- Thunder are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in the previous game
- Spurs are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest
- Spurs are 15-3 ATS in their last 18 home games against teams with a winning road record
- Spurs are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games against teams with a winning % above .600
- Spurs are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games after a straight up win of more than 10 point