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Predictions For Betting Spurs Thunder - Oklahoma City Climbs Back Into Series

Posted by Craig Parsons on 6/1/2012 3:14:02 PM

Basketball junkies have been enjoying the ball movement and fluid halfcourt sets in the Western Conference Finals thus far. The San Antonio Spurs have the advantage and seek to cement it.

West Finals, Game 4: San Antonio Spurs @ Oklahoma City Thunder – Saturday, June 2  
Sports betting line: No line

Why San Antonio Will Win

The Spurs have so many options, a point that broadcasters and bloggers and writers and every other basketball pundit has tried to reinforce over the past few days. San Antonio has developed an offense that is so devastating not just because of the superstar presence of Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, and Manu Ginobili, but because the role players and bench guys are also able to fill up the stat sheet. Kawhi Leonard has become a solid three-point shooter, joining Matt Bonner and Danny Green as other snipers on a loaded roster that has so many capable long-distance bombers. Boris Diaw has been noticeably good at diving to the basket and helping to facilitate the pick-and-roll action that Oklahoma City has had such a difficult time defending.

Tiago Splitter has given San Antonio some length and muscle near the rim on defense, allowing Duncan to get an appreciable amount of rest and thereby remain fresh for crunch-time minutes. Gary Neal steals a few minutes for Parker. Stephen Jackson can play top-level wing defense; he bottled up Oklahoma City superstar Kevin Durant in the second half of Game 1 this past Sunday. Everybody who plays for San Antonio has a purpose on the floor. Everyone who enters a game for the Spurs makes some kind of meaningful contribution.

This is the deepest and most balanced team in the NBA, and it's not even a debate or a close call. Oklahoma City is trailing this series partly because of its deficiencies, but mostly because the Spurs have simply been on top of their game, so consistently and relentlessly lethal. Sometimes, the better team wins simply by imposing its will. That's what San Antonio has done so far in this series.

Why Oklahoma City Will Win

When you do your homework and try to plan your next play at any of several online betting sites in the NBA postseason, you will need to look at one game on one night, not at the series as a whole. In Game 4 of a series, teams accumulate a certain degree of mileage, a certain amount of tread on their tires. The reality of continuous combat will leave San Antonio's legs in a more worn-down state, while the Thunder – with more youthfulness – should have fresher legs in this contest. San Antonio's skill and savvy won the day early in this series, but as Game 4 rolls around, the Spurs will not find the same level of energy, and Oklahoma City will take advantage.

Who Will Win

The Spurs are still in the driver's seat, but Oklahoma City is in position to land a counter-punch. San Antonio has won so consistently over the last two months, but nothing good lasts forever. There has to be a comedown at some point, and Saturday will be that time for San Antonio. Take Oklahoma City.
Read more on the latest odds for the NBA playoffs.

NBA Basketball Betting Pick: Oklahoma City

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