NBA Basketball Betting — Thunder Looks For Season Sweep Over Scorching-Hot Spurs

For quite some time this season, the Oklahoma City Thunder led the Western Conference playoff race and looked like they might be able to compile the NBA’s best record. However, they did not count on the San Antonio Spurs blowing by them with a franchise-record winning streak. So Oklahoma City might have to resign itself for being second best in the West, or maybe even third. That is, unless they can come up with a big win over the Spurs in NBA basketball betting action that is scheduled to begin at 8:05 PM ET on Thursday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

With a 59-16 straight-up record, the Spurs are four games ahead of the Thunder in the standings. But one must keep in mind that if Oklahoma city can close the gap to three games, and then finish with a late rush, they might have a chance of pulling even with San Antonio. At that point it would go to a tie-breaker, which the Thunder would win, because to date, they have already won the season series against San Antonio. That’s right; Oklahoma City has won all three games played between these teams this season. Furthermore, they have shot 50% in those games, so the Spurs’ defensive scheme has not posed much of a puzzle to them.

Sportsbook customers at WagerWeb have seen San Antonio win ninetween games in a row, and if they were lucky, they were riding the Spurs every step of the way, as this team has covered 12 of its last 13 starts against the NBA basketball betting lines. They laid 9.5 points to a very capable Golden State team on Wednesday night, with this showdown against the Thunder looming, and still dominated things, chalking up a 111-90 victory in which they did what they apparently had planned to do, which was get off to a big early lead so that some of the starters could get some rest. The score was 31-18 at the end of the first quarter, and though the Warriors did mount a run in the third period, they ran out of steam from there.

San Antonio shot 53% on the evening, and Tim Duncan only had to play 20 minutes in the game. Coach Gregg Popovich also limited Manu Ginobili to 19 minutes. These guys will be fresh for the game against Oklahoma City, you can rest assured. However, that does not necessarily mean that they will get big minutes against the Thunder. Popovich does not reveal very much about how he is going to a portion playing time, and he makes that abundantly clear to the media at every turn.

There is another uncertainty for WagerWeb patrons to consider as well, which is exactly what Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks is going to do with Russell Westbrook, his star point guard who has been rested occasionally, notably during back-to-back situations, because the team wants to be cautious with his knee. We will operate under the assumption that he is going to play on Thursday night, although there is another important game on Friday night against Houston. Brooks may wait until the pre-game warm-up to make his decision about Westbrook. If he doesn’t use him, that would leave Oklahoma City severely under-manned. Remember, center Kendrick Perkins and defensive specialist Thabo Sefolosha are out of action, and Reggie Jackson, the backup point guard, has to be considered a question mark with his back sprain. This presents a dilemma for NBA basketball bettors.

One thing that IS money in the bank is that Kevin Durant is going to come out and score at least 25 points. He has done so in 38 consecutive games. That’s only two games away from the best string Michael Jordan ever put together. Durant had 36 against San Antonio the last time these clubs met, and he has also averaged just a shade below that in his last seven games overall. His team may need every one of those points to keep pace with the sizzling Spurs.

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