San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Game Time: 8:30 pm EST
San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder TV Coverage: TNT
NBA Playoff Odds at JustBet: Oklahoma City -2.5 Total: 208

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Sunday NBA Playoff Analysis: The San Antonio Spurs will look to take a 3-0 series lead when they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder from the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The Spurs throttled the Thunder last Wednesday night 112-77. Oklahoma City was competitive in the early stages of the game, having a 26-24 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Spurs responded outscoring them in the second quarter by 16 points and never looked back after that. The Thunder were outscored 54-33 in the second half, and according to Spurs forward Boris Diaw, the Thunder appeared to give up. The Spurs have outscored the Thunder in the first two games by a combined 52 points, the largest margin in the first two games in NBA conference finals history. The Spurs were led in game 2 by Tony Parker’s 22 points, and guard Danny Green added 21. The San Antonio starters only played a combined 125 minutes, while their bench scored 42 points. The Thunder shot a dreadful 39.3% from the field as both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each had 15, while reserve guard Jeremy Lamb was the only other player in double figures with 13 points. The Thunder Starters sat out a majority of the second half, as both Durant and Westbrook played 29 minutes each.

The Thunder have had 3 days to sit and think about the thumping they took. These guys get paid big money to play basketball but when you get beat by 35 points, there has to be a sense of pride and professionalism. They’ve played the first 2 games without Serge Ibaka, and it was thought that he was lost for the postseason. Well reports surfaced on Friday that Ibaka was listed as day-to-day, and could possibly play in game 3. Whether Ibaka plays or not, I like the Thunder in game 3. The Thunder have had time to think about the poor performance in game 2, and Boris Diaw added a little bulletin board material with the comments he made. Any team, no matter what sport doesn’t like to lose by a huge margin. The Thunder were embarrassed, and I always like to back a team the following game. If Ibaka returns, which I’m thinking it’s a strong possibility, it should provide a boost to team that needs no added motivation. I think Durant and Westbrook really turn it up a notch, and while many still think the Spurs will win on Sunday night, keep in mind the Thunder swept the regular season series between the two. Should the Thunder jump out to a big lead, don’t be surprised to see Greg Popovich pull his starters, similar to what he did in their lone loss to the Blazers. I think the oddsmakers know the Thunder want revenge on Sunday night, and I do believe they will get it.

San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Free NBA Playoff Pick: Oklahoma City -2.5 Over 208
San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Game Prediction: Oklahoma City 112 San Antonio 106

 

 

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