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NBA Betting Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder- May 27th, 2014

Well, well, it looks like we may have series once again. Serge Ibaka battled through a tough injury to help spark the Oklahoma City Thunder to a huge win on Sunday night at home. They were down 2-0 in the series, and with this impressive nine point win, they are now just one game away from evening up the series heading back to San Antonio. The Spurs all but dominated the first two games of the series, but it was strong play from Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Ibaka, and Reggie Jackson that got them this huge win and helped them to avoid a 3-0 hole in the Western Conference Finals. Now they need to get a huge win on Tuesday night in Oklahoma City, and tip off is set for 9:00pm EST.

The Spurs were looking completely dominate and almost unbeatable to this point in the series, but Game 3 was a different story. They just couldn’t get things going offensively, and Tony Parker had just nine points and four assists in this game. Manu Ginobili led the way while Tim Duncan chipped in a solid game, but it wasn’t enough to beat out the Thunder in front of their home crowd. Now the Spurs are trying to regain form and get a big win on the road to go up 3-1 with a chance to close out the series at home.

For the Thunder, saying that this game was a big win would be a massive understatement. Westbrook, Durant, and Ibaka stepped up in a huge way, while Reggie Jackson’s 15 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds were massive for the team. I love the way that the Thunder played in Game 3, and it was a way that we expected to see them play throughout this entire series. It’ll be interesting to see if they can do it once again in Game 4 of the series.

Thunder Offense

After scoring just 77 points in Game 2, the Thunder put up 106 in Game 3. While that’s not blowing you away or anything, they played strong defense and were able to outscore the Spurs. San Antonio will get their chances, and in Game 4 I expect the Spurs to score more than the 97 that they did in Game 3, so the Thunders’ offense will need to be clicking.

Consensus

The Thunder come into this game as favorites once again, as many feel that they are alive and kicking once again. I do think that the Thunder, who are around -2 to -2.5 betting favorites are going to get the win, and also be able to cover that spread. I like this series to be 2-2 heading back to San Antonio.

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