San Antonio Spurs vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, 1/12/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Antonio Spurs vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK
TV: Fox Sports Oklahoma
Odds/Point Spread: San Antonio (-2.5)
The San Antonio Spurs (5-5) head to Chesapeake Energy Arena on Tuesday where they'll meet the Oklahoma City Thunder (5-4). The line on this contest has San Antonio as 2.5-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 215.5.
The San Antonio Spurs faced off with the Minnesota Timberwolves and took a loss by a score of 96-88 in their last contest. San Antonio finished the game having earned a 38.3% field goal percentage (36 out of 94) and converted 8 out of their 30 shots from downtown. From the free throw line, the Spurs knocked down 8 of their 14 tries for a rate of 57.1%. When discussing hauling in boards, they earned 45 with 9 of them being offensive. They also dished out 21 assists in this matchup while earning 4 steals and 5 blocked shots. Concerning defense, San Antonio allowed the other team to go 42.0% from the field on 34 of 81 shooting. Minnesota doled out 19 assists and had 6 steals in this contest. Moreover, the Timberwolves snagged 52 rebounds (9 offensive, 43 defensive) and had 3 rejections. Minnesota finished the contest at 82.6% at the free throw line by making 19 of their 23 attempts. They also buried 9 of 26 attempts from long range.
Lonnie Walker is one guy who was a major factor in this game. He racked up 25 points on 9 out of 19 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 30:22 minutes and also snagged 3 rebounds. Walker finished the contest at 47.4% from the floor and distributed 4 assists. Another guy that came through in this matchup for the Spurs was LaMarcus Aldridge. He grabbed 9 rebounds and accumulated 4 assists. He shot 42.9% from the floor in this game by going 9-of-21 (20 points). When this game wrapped up, Aldridge played for 36:43 minutes.
San Antonio will enter this game with a record of 5-5 this season. They are giving up possession 10.8 times per game and as a unit they commit 17.8 personal fouls every game. As a team, San Antonio is collecting 45.4 boards per game and has tallied 255 assists for the year, which is 11th in the league in terms of passing the ball. The Spurs are connecting on 39.2% from downtown (121 of 309) and 77.3% from the free throw line. They are averaging 111.1 points per outing (17th in basketball) while shooting 44.5% from the floor. On the defensive end of the court, the Spurs are forcing 13.8 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 19.4 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 19th in basketball in giving up assists with 253 surrendered on the season. The Spurs are giving up a shooting percentage of 47.8% (138 of 194) and they surrender 50.4 boards per contest as a unit. They are giving up 40.9% on 3-pointers and they rank 23rd in the NBA in PPG allowed (113.1).
When they last stepped on the court, the Oklahoma City Thunder took home the win by a final score of 129-116 when they played the Brooklyn Nets. The Thunder were able to pull down 31 defensive boards and 3 offensive boards for a total of 34 for the game. They rejected 4 shots while recording 12 steals for this game. The Nets earned 18 fouls in this contest which got the Thunder to the charity stripe for a total of 17 tries. They were able to knock down 16 of the free throws for a rate of 94.1%. In regard to shooting from downtown, Oklahoma City made 15 of 39 attempts (38.5%). When the final whistle was blown, the Thunder walked away from this one shooting 49 out of 90 from the field which had them shooting 54.4%. The Thunder allowed the Nets to make 43 of 85 attempts from the field which had them shooting 50.6% for the contest. They went 29.4% from downtown by going 10 out of 34 and ended up shooting 20 out of 24 at the free throw line (83.3%). In regard to how they rebounded, Oklahoma City allowed Brooklyn to grab 43 overall (6 on the offensive glass).
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ended up being a factor for the Thunder for this game. He made 11 of 16 in the game giving him a rate of 68.8%, which got him 31 points. Gilgeous-Alexander collected 6 rebounds in his 36:01 mins of time on the court and had 7 assists for the game. An additional guy that ended up playing a role for Oklahoma City was Hamidou Diallo. He totaled 25 points in his 23:53 mins on the hardwood by going 10 out of 14 from the floor for the game. Diallo ended up shooting 71.4% from the field while earning 4 assists and 3 total rebounds.
Oklahoma City has a record of 5-4 for the season. Oklahoma City has scored 944 pts for the season (104.9 per contest) and they snag 44.7 boards per contest. The Thunder have committed 18.4 personal fouls per game and they shoot 71.5% from the free throw line. As an offense, the Thunder are connecting on 45.1% from the field, which is 18th in the NBA. They are assisting teammates 22.2 times per game (28th in basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 15.4 times per contest. The Thunder on defense are ranked 9th in the league in PPG given up with 108.9. The Oklahoma City defense gives up 33.8% from downtown (95 of 281) and their opposition knocks down 70.2% of their foul shots. They have relinquished 24.7 dimes and 48.8 boards on a nightly basis, which is 16th and 28th in basketball. They are able to force 12.6 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.1% from the floor (18th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take San Antonio (-2.5)
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