San Antonio Spurs vs Oklahoma City Thunder Predictions, Expert NBA Pick 2/23/2020
Game: San Antonio Spurs vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Date: Sunday, February 23, 2020
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK
TV: Fox Sports Oklahoma
Odds/Point Spread: Oklahoma City -5.5
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the Oklahoma City Thunder (34-22, 3rd in the Northwest Division) play the San Antonio Spurs (24-31, 4th in the Southwest Division) at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Sunday, February 23, 2020. Oklahoma City opens this contest as 5.5 point favorites. The total opens at 223.5.
The Spurs cover the spread 44.4% of the time, having gone 24-30-1 ATS. Oklahoma City is covering 66.1% of the time, going 37-19-0 against the spread.
Key San Antonio Spurs Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key Oklahoma City Thunder Injuries
02/10/20 SF Darius Bazley Thumb is out indefinitely
LaMarcus Aldridge comes into this contest averaging 19.0 points per game while playing 33.3 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 7.6 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.5 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 50% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 83%. DeMar DeRozan averages 22.9 points per game in 34.3 minutes per contest this season. He averages 5.2 assists per contest and 5.6 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 53% for the year while his free throw percentage is 85%.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander averages 19.3 points per game while playing 35.6 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 6.1 rebounds per game and has 3.3 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is at 81%. Chris Paul averages 17.6 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 31.8 minutes per contest. He also averages 5.0 rebounds per contest and 6.6 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 49% and his free throw percentage is 90%.
Useful Team Statistics
San Antonio averages 113.2 points per contest this season, which ranks them 10th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -1.1 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team, which has them ranked 6th. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 7th in the league. They average 45.1 rebounds per game and 24.5 assists per game, which ranks them 16th and 13th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 30th with 12.3 per game. The Spurs allow 114.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 22nd in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc, ranking them 20th and 27th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 45.4 rebounds a game which ranks 17th and they give up 25.7 assists per contest, which puts them in 27th place in the league. They force 12.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 4th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Oklahoma City is 17th in the league with 110.7 points per game this year. They are 7th in the league in shooting at 47%, while their average scoring margin is 2.8. They shoot 35% from 3-point range, which is good for 17th in the NBA. They are 22nd in the league in rebounding with 43.1 boards per game, and 27th in assists per contest with 22.0. The Thunder are 24th in turnovers per game with 13.5. The Thunder surrender 107.9 points per contest, which ranks them 10th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 46% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 14th and 5th in those defensive statistics. They rank 5th with 22.8 assists allowed per contest and 11th with 44.3 rebounds surrendered per game. The Thunder are 10th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 14.1 per game.
The Spurs are 10th in the NBA in offensive rating with 112.1, and their defensive rating of 113.2 is ranked 25th. In terms of pace they are 15th in the league with 99.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 14th. As a team they are 12th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 32% of their shots, ranking 29th in the league. San Antonio is 30th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.3 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 54%, which is 10th in the league.
Oklahoma City is 22nd in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.6 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%, which is 19th in the league. The Thunder are 14th in the NBA in offensive rating with 111.5, and their defensive rating of 108.8 is ranked 12th. In terms of pace they are 23rd in the league with 98.5 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 11th. As a team they are 8th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shots, ranking 24th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Spurs/Thunder NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take San Antonio +5.5
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