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Spurs Thunder Betting - Top Two Teams In Western Conference Lock Horns

Posted by Craig Parsons on 2/10/2014 5:10:41 AM

The 2012 NBA basketball season has not been surprising in that the Oklahoma City Thunder have gained the top spot in the Western Conference. San Antonio, though, is a surprise at No. 2.

San Antonio Spurs @ Oklahoma City Thunder - Friday, March 16 
Sports betting line: No line

Why San Antonio Will Win

The college basketball betting experts who are busy analyzing the NCAA Tournament will not be able to examine this NBA contest. In giving an assessment on this contest between the top two teams in the Western Conference, it bears mentioning that while Oklahoma City is a naturally talented team with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the San Antonio Spurs are doing a very good job of keeping pace. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich is doing one of his most masterful regular-season coaching jobs, and that’s saying something given the wizardry Popovich has displayed over the past decade and a half in the Alamo City. Popovich hasn’t won four world championships for nothing; he guided an old team to the top seed in the Western Conference last year, getting it to achieve beyond its talent and age levels.

This season, “Coach Pop” once again has the Spurs ahead of the field in the West, save for Oklahoma City itself. San Antonio has surprised the NBA community by rising to second place, ahead of the credentialed Los Angeles Lakers and the more youthful Denver Nuggets. San Antonio has exceeded the defending champion Dallas Mavericks and eclipsed the highly-publicized Los Angeles Clippers, with all their superstar acquisitions. This is a team that regularly confounds the experts, even though the experts are very much aware of the Spurs’ greatness. This is a team that’s fighting age, but it can still win. Moreover, Oklahoma City, despite being younger than the Spurs, recently lost a home game to the Cleveland Cavaliers. If Oklahoma City can struggle at home, the Spurs can spring an ambush.  

Why Oklahoma City Will Win

When you do your homework and assess your sports bet on this game, you need to realize that San Antonio guards Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker are listed as day to day with nagging injuries that are part of modern-day life for the Spurs. San Antonio’s veteran core of Ginobili, Parker, and Tim Duncan is simply not as energetic or as durable as it once was. San Antonio is one of four teams in the NBA to average at least 100 points per game, but it needs both Ginobili and Parker on the floor to have a really good chance of hitting triple figures and executing its offense to perfection. Without both of those men, the Spurs are in deep trouble. With only one of those men on the court, San Antonio is still at a disadvantage. Oklahoma City will profit as a result.

Who Will Win

It’s not that complicated. San Antonio is hurting. The Spurs have proven themselves to be one of the most resourceful franchises in American sports, not just the NBA, over the past 15 years, but even the Spurs have their limits. Pick Oklahoma City in this contest.

NBA Basketball Betting Pick: Oklahoma City


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