Oklahoma City Thunder vs San Antonio Spurs Prediction, 3/4/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs San Antonio Spurs
Date: Thursday, March 4, 2021
Location: AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Oklahoma City (+3.5)
The Oklahoma City Thunder (14-20) go to AT&T Center on Thursday where they'll meet the San Antonio Spurs (18-13). The odds on this matchup have San Antonio as 3.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 225.5.
The Oklahoma City Thunder played the Denver Nuggets and took a loss by a score of 126-96 in their last contest. Oklahoma City ended the game with a 42.0% field goal percentage (37 of 88) and made 11 out of their 47 3-point shots. From the free throw line, the Thunder converted 11 of their 15 tries for a rate of 73.3%. Concerning grabbing boards, they earned a total of 37 with 7 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 24 assists in this matchup while forcing 12 turnovers and having 7 steals. Pertaining to defense, Oklahoma City allowed their opponent to shoot 55.1% from the floor on 49 of 89 shooting. Denver doled out 30 dimes and had 6 steals for the matchup. Furthurmore, Denver grabbed 49 rebounds (6 offensive, 43 defensive) and added 3 blocks. Denver ended up shooting 81.3% when shooting free throws by burying 13 of 16 tries. They also converted 15 out of their 31 attempts from beyond the arc.
Darius Bazley is one guy who came through in the matchup. He ended up finishing with 22 points on 8 of 16 shooting. He played 32:28 mins and also snagged 4 rebounds. Bazley finished 50.0% from the floor but had no assists when the time ran out. One more player that was a factor in this game for the Thunder was Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. He collected 5 rebounds in his 26:07 minutes played. He shot 45.5% from the field for the matchup by connecting on 5-of-11 (13 points). When this game wrapped up, Gilgeous-Alexander had accumulated 6 assists.
Oklahoma City heads into this game with a win-loss record of 14-20 for the year. They currently have an average of 106.7 pts per contest (27th in the league) while hitting 44.9% from the floor. The Thunder are shooting 34.4% on shots from 3-point land (444 of 1,289) and 73.4% from the free throw line. As a team, Oklahoma City is snagging 44.3 rebounds per contest and has 796 dimes for the campaign, which ranks 23rd in the league in terms of passing the ball. They turn the ball over 14.6 times per contest and as a unit they commit 18.2 personal fouls every game. When they are on the defensive end, the Thunder are forcing their opponents into 13.3 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.2 fouls. They rank 16th in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 852 surrendered on the campaign. The Thunder defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 46.3% (453 of 619) and they relinquish 48.5 rebounds per contest as a team. They are relinquishing 35.2% on three-point shots and they are ranked 18th in the league in PPG allowed (112.4).
The last time they took the hardwood, the San Antonio Spurs went home victorious with a score of 119-93 against the New York Knicks. The Spurs corralled 36 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 45 for this game. They gave up possession of the ball 8 times, while recording 12 steals for the game. The Knicks had 16 fouls for the game which got the Spurs to the charity stripe for 21 tries. They were able to bury 15 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 71.4%. Concerning 3-point shots, San Antonio knocked down 18 of 42 attempts (42.9%). At the conclusion of this game, the Spurs shot 43 for 89 from the field which gave them a percentage of 48.3%. The Spurs allowed the Knicks to make 33 of 81 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 40.7% in the game. They shot 41.7% from three-point range via 15 of 36 and ended up going 12 of 15 from the charity stripe (80.0%). In reference to how they attacked the glass, San Antonio allowed New York to pull down 41 in total (9 on the offensive glass).
Trey Lyles pitched in for the Spurs in the matchup. He made 7 of 13 for this contest for a field goal rate of 53.8%, and added 5 rebounds. Lyles earned 18 points in his 30:04 mins on the hardwood and earned 2 dimes for the matchup. Someone else that ended up playing a role for San Antonio was Dejounte Murray. He ended up with 6 dimes in his 30:53 mins played, and he shot 6 out of 16 from the floor. Murray ended the game having shot 37.5% from the floor as well as contributing 17 points and 6 total rebounds.
San Antonio has a record of 18-13 for the year. On the offensive side of the court, the Spurs are connecting on 45.5% from the floor, which is 20th in the NBA. San Antonio has totaled 3,449 points this year (111.3 per contest) and they collect 45.0 rebounds per contest. They are assisting teammates 25.3 times per contest (13th in the NBA) and they turn the ball over 11.0 times per game. The Spurs have committed 17.2 fouls per contest and they hit 78.6% from the charity stripe. The Spurs defensively are ranked 12th in the league in points allowed per contest with 111.1. They have forced 13.7 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 46.6% from the field (14th in the NBA). The San Antonio defense concedes 38.6% on three-point shots (406 of 1,051) and their opponents are converting on 73.9% of their foul shots. They have relinquished 24.8 assists and 48.1 total boards per game, which ranks 14th and 27th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Oklahoma City (+3.5)
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