The Oklahoma City Thunder are looking to get back on track against San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night.
Spurs hoping to continue to trend north
Following a sub-par start to the season, the Spurs have seemingly continued to turn it around over the last several weeks that has pushed them back into the playoff picture. This has seen them work their way into the sixth overall spot in the stacked Western Conference. This has largely come from a strong start offensively to the month of January currently ranking as one of the top scoring teams in the conference. The Spurs are currently fifth in scoring this month currently averaging 118. points per contest along with being fourth shooting 50.6 percent from the floor and first hitting 47.0 percent from beyond the arc. Much of this was fueled by a season-best performance in the 154-147 double-overtime win over the Thunder on Thursday night that saw plenty of scoring marks reached in the contest.
Career-high 56 PTS | 9 REB | 4 AST | 4 BLK
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) January 11, 2019
This was led by former All-Star big man LaMarcus Aldridge pouring in a career-high 56 points, which was also third highest-scoring performance in Spurs’ history along with being the highest since Tony Parker had 55 points back in November 2008. Aldridge is also the first player in league history to post the stat line with 56 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and four blocks in a single game. This has pushed up his strong month of January up to 27.0 points on 60.0 percent shooting from the floor. It is also the second-highest scoring performance of the season only trailing Charlotte Hornets All-Star point guard Kemba Walker dropping 60 points. However, the Spurs will need another stellar offensive outing to keep up with the Thunder, who had erased a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter of Thursday’s game to force overtime. This should be a close contest, but it will need another strong offensive showing from the Spurs.
Thunder eyeing bounce back at home
The Thunder have progressively moved up the standings as the season has worn on holding one of the best marks in the stacked Western Conference. Following a rough 0-4 start to the season, Oklahoma City has gone 25-12, which is the best record in the NBA across the last 37 games. They have been of the best teams in the league that has seemingly found their groove as the year has worn along. It has also seen All-Star forward Paul George find his spot on the team that has securely put him as the top scoring option. This has led to him putting forth what has been a career-best campaign of his career as he’s averaging a career-best 26.9 points per contest while shooting 44.8 percent from the floor and 38.5 percent from beyond the arc along with 8.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 2.2 steals per game. His offensive production has been key in helping the Thunder push forward up the standings while possessing a balanced team on both ends of the floor through the first half of the season.
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) January 11, 2019
Although All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook has struggled to shoot the ball this season, he is on pace to average a triple-double for the third straight season as he’s currently putting up 21.3 points, 10.7 assists, and 10.8 rebounds per contest. Westbrook has been heating up over the last couple of weeks behind his all-around play. In the last five games, he is averaging 23.2 points, 14.0 assists, and 11.6 rebounds per contest. This includes notching three triple-doubles, four double-doubles, and more than 20 points scored in each of the last four games. The Thunder may have faltered in double-overtime on Thursday night, but Westbrook put together the most complete game of the season as he had a triple-double effort with 24 points along with a career-high 24 assists and 13 rebounds in the contest. Westbrook may be struggling with his shot, but he has shown more comfort in being the secondary scoring option while being more a playmaker with his passing ability. All of this along with the steady play between him and George should put them on track to get back in the win column on Saturday night.
- Thunder are 5-0 ATS in their last five games after scoring more than 125 points in their previous game.
- Spurs are 2-7 ATS in their last nine games after scoring more than 125 points in their previous game.
- Spurs are 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven games after allowing more than 125 points in their previous game.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Although the Thunder came up on the short end of the stick on Thursday night, they should be in line to bounce back on their home floor. It saw both Westbrook and George step up and what should be the case on their home floor on Saturday. Keep in mind, the Spurs are 5-15 ATS in the last 20 meetings in Oklahoma City.
Prediction: Oklahoma City
Full-Game Total Pick
Given how things unfolded on Thursday night, it may be a contest where is once again plenty of scoring between both teams in the highest-scoring game of the season. This especially the case given that they are coming off a showdown just a few days ago. Keep in mind, the over is 4-1 in the Thunder’s last five home games.