The Oklahoma City Thunder are back on the road to face the San Antonio Spurs in game five of their best of seven series for the western conference championship in the NBA. The Thunder just completed a two-game sweep at home against the Spurs. Because of their two wins at home, the series is now tied as it returns to San Antonio for game five.
The Spurs were on their way to a history making run when they won the first two games of the series, but with two straight losses against the Thunder, the Spurs must regroup and win in order to keep home court possession.
Since 2009, the Thunder is 4-10 SU against the Spurs including the four games in this series. With a win in game five tonight, the Thunder could be 3-0 SU over the last three games against San Antonio. Kevin Durant scored 36 in game four for Oklahoma City and is averaging 29 for the series. In game four, the Thunder was helped by three unlikely offensive weapons in Kendrick Perkins, Nick Collison and Serge Ibaka. The three combined for 49 points on 22 for 25 shooting.
The Spurs will continue with their same defense as they played in the first four games. Coach Gregg Popovich knows what got them to where they are now works and will continue with the same. Offensively the Spurs must continue to go to Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. The three players scored the bulk of the team’s points and must come up big tonight to stop the team’s skid.
San Antonio is 6-0 SU at home in the playoffs, while the Thunder is only 3-3 SU on the road. The Thunder led almost the entire season in the conference until the Spurs overtook them late in the season to win home court advantage.
The line opened with the Spurs favored by 4 points and has now increased to 5 points. The total is sitting at 202 ½. The Spurs will win this game at home to take a 3-2 series lead back to Oklahoma City. Smart money takes the Spurs less the points and the total to end OVER.