BetAnySports’ NBA Playoffs Pick of the Week: San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Game 4- Tuesday, May 27
San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Game 4- Tuesday, May 27
BetAnySports’ Current Line: Thunder -2 1/2 and the Total is 207
The San Antonio Spurs will look to bounce back from a bad loss in their best-of-seven NBA Western Conference Finals matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 4 this Tuesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. (ET) and the game will be available on TNT.
The Spurs looked unstoppable in the first two games of this series with a pair of victories by a combined 52 points, but after trailing by as many as 20 points in the closing minutes of Game 3, they came back down to earth in a 106-97 loss as 2.5-point road underdogs on BetAnySports’ closing NBA betting odds. They are now 7-2 straight-up in their last nine games with a 6-3 record against the spread. The total stayed UNDER the 208-point closing line in Game 3 and it has now stayed UNDER in four of their last five games.
Tony Parker has been San Antonio’s leading scorer throughout these playoffs with 19.1 points per game, but he only registered nine points on Sunday night after going just 4-for-13 from the field. The team as a whole has been hitting 50 percent of its shots from the field in the postseason, but this number dropped to 39.6 percent in Sunday’s loss. Manu Ginobili led the team in scoring in that losing effort with 23 points off the bench and Tim Duncan added 16 points and eight rebounds.
The Thunder are now 7-3 SU in their last 10 playoff games with a 6-4 record ATS. The total has stayed UNDER in six of their last eight games. This was just the second time in their last 10 outings that they scored more than 100 points and it was just the second time in that same stretch that they held their opponent below the 100-point mark.
The biggest difference for Oklahoma City between the first two games of this series and Sunday’s win was the unexpected return of Serge Ibaka to the starting lineup. He was not supposed to play this entire series with a serious calf injury, but that did not stop him from putting up 15 points to help pace the win. His biggest effect was on the other end of the court on defense. The Thunder completely controlled the boards with 52 rebounds verse the Spurs’ 36. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 51 points in Sunday’s win.
Home court should continue to have a heavy influence on this series starting with another SU win by the slightly favored Thunder on Tuesday night that covers BetAnySports current 2.5-point betting line for this game.