Spurs vs Thunder: Preview, Prediction and Betting Picks
The San Antonio Spurs (3-6) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (2-6) view their Sunday’s matchup as a chance to record a winning streak for the first time this season.
BetUS NBA odds, which can be seen below, see the Spurs as slight three-point favorites. The Thunder, fresh from another come-from-behind win over the Lakers, offers their bettors a chance to win $140 for every bet worth $100.
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San Antonio Spurs vs Oklahoma City Thunder betting lines and odds
ATS: Thunder +3.5 points
Moneyline: Thunder +140, Spurs -160
O/U: 213.5 points
San Antonio Spurs vs Oklahoma City Thunder Team News
Jakob Poeltl will be missing several ball games for the Spurs after entering the league’s health and safety protocol. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, players placed on the protocol and declared to miss games have generally tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. However, the NBA scribe did not confirm if that’s the case for Poeltl. The Austrian leads the Spurs in rebounds with 7.5 boards per game. He also chips in 13.9 points, 2.6 assists, and 1.1 blocks per contest while anchoring San Antonio’s defense.
Spurs center Jakob Poeltl has entered health and safety protocols and is expected to miss several games, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Poeltl is averaging 13.9 points and 9.7 rebounds for San Antonio so far this season.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 3, 2021
Thunder budding star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander thinks claiming another win over the Lakers within a week proves something about themselves. The Canadian guard said he respects every player on the Lakers roster, especially their legends. However, they also wanted to show they could compete against elite teams.
“We respect their talent, but with that being said, we want to prove ourselves. They’re a team that has a lot of guys that have done a lot of good things, but we want to prove ourselves and compete,” Gilgeous-Alexander told reporters in a post-game press conference.
San Antonio Spurs vs Oklahoma City Thunder Injury Report
Spurs: Jakob Poeltl – OUT (Quarantine), Zach Collins – OUT (Ankle)
Thunder: Gabriel Deck – Questionable (Heel)
San Antonio Spurs vs Oklahoma City Thunder Preview
Last Friday, the Spurs snapped a two-game losing skid, besting the Orlando Magic, 102-89, at Amway Arena. Dejounte Murray continued his fine play with another all-around performance. He tallied 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 7 assists to pace his team, while five of his teammates scored in double figures. San Antonio stymied Orlando’s offense, limiting them to just 39.3 FG% and 29.3 3PT%.
As mentioned, the Thunder made it two in a row against the Lakers in the same come-from-behind fashion. Gilgeous-Alexander capped a dazzling 28-point and 6-assist performance with a game-sealing three on the L of the Lakers logo with 1.:18 to play. OKC also got steady contributions from Lu Dort (17 points), Darius Bazley (14), Ty Jerome (14), and Kenrich Williams (13).
San Antonio Spurs vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction
While this young Thunder team can undoubtedly put up a fight, the Spurs will come away with the victory in this game. San Antonio’s defense this season has exhibited a shade of their airtight D during their championship years. Their last two wins over the Magic and the Bucks displayed San Antonio’s brilliance on the defensive end, restricting these opponents to way below 100 points. The total had also gone UNDER in these two wins.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Picks
Pick: Spurs -3, UNDER
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