San Antonio Spurs vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, 2/24/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Antonio Spurs vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK
TV: Fox Sports Oklahoma
Odds/Point Spread: San Antonio (-3.5)
The San Antonio Spurs (16-11) go to Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday where they'll take on the Oklahoma City Thunder (12-19). Oklahoma City opens this matchup as 3.5-point underdogs. The O/U is set at 227.
The San Antonio Spurs faced off with the Charlotte Hornets and took home the win by a score of 122-110 in their last contest. San Antonio ended the game with a 50.0% field goal percentage (48 out of 96) and converted 10 of their 34 shots from distance. From the charity stripe, the Spurs buried 16 of their 19 shots for a percentage of 84.2%. In reference to getting rebounds, they collected a total of 43 with 10 of them being offensive. They also recorded 31 dimes in the matchup in addition to having 13 steals and 4 blocks. In relation to defending, San Antonio allowed their opponent to shoot 47.4% from the floor on 45 out of 95 shooting. Charlotte distributed 23 dimes and had 6 steals in the matchup. Furthurmore, the Hornets snagged 49 boards (12 offensive, 37 defensive) and had 6 blocks. Charlotte finished shooting 72.7% at the free throw line by making 8 of their 11 tries. They also buried 12 of 34 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Dejounte Murray is one guy who was a contributor in this contest. He scored 26 points on 10 out of 22 shooting. He was on the court for 32:19 mins and also pulled down 12 rebounds. Murray walked away from this one shooting 45.5% from the floor and totaled 6 dimes. Someone else that was a determining factor in this contest for the Spurs was Derrick White. He collected 2 boards and had 4 dimes. He finished the game at 60.0% from the floor for the contest by shooting 9-of-15 (25 points). In all, White played 26:51 minutes.
San Antonio heads into this game with a mark of 16-11 for the year. The Spurs are shooting 35.8% on shots from beyond the arc (291 of 812) and 79.3% from the charity stripe. They average 111.1 points per outing (19th in the league) while going 45.3% from the field. They are turning it over 11.1 times per game and as a unit are committing 17.2 fouls per contest. As a unit, San Antonio is collecting 45.1 rebounds per contest and has 680 dimes for the campaign, which has them ranked 25th in the league in terms of passing the ball. Defensively, the Spurs are able to force 14.0 turnovers per game and they draw 18.9 personal fouls. They currently rank 4th in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 667 surrendered so far this year. The Spurs defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 47.0% (1,142 of 2,429) and they concede 47.9 rebounds per game as a group. They are giving up 38.6% on shots from downtown while they are 11th in the league in points per game allowed (111.5).
The last time they took the court, the Oklahoma City Thunder went home defeated by a final of 108-94 against the Miami Heat. The Thunder were able to collect 33 defensive boards and 5 offensive rebounds totaling 38 for this contest. They also rejected 2 tries while getting 6 steals in the game. The Heat were called for 20 fouls in the game which took the Thunder to the free throw line for a total of 19 attempts. They were able to bury 16 of the free throws for a percentage of 84.2%. Regarding three-point shots, Oklahoma City buried 14 out of 39 attempts (35.9%). At the conclusion of this game, the Thunder finished 32 out of 74 from the field which gave them a rate of 43.2%. The Thunder allowed the Heat to convert 36 of their 81 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 44.4% in the game. They shot 37.5% from beyond the arc by shooting 15 of 40 and walked away from this one shooting 21 of 25 from the charity stripe (84.0%). Regarding how they cleaned up the glass, Oklahoma City allowed Miami to collect 45 overall (10 offensive).
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was important for the Thunder for the game. He converted 10 of 15 in this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 66.7%, which gave him 27 points. Gilgeous-Alexander totaled 2 boards in his 35:20 mins of time on the court and added 5 dimes for the matchup. One more player who was a determining factor for Oklahoma City was Darius Bazley. He notched 13 points in 31:30 mins on the hardwood via 5 of 9 shooting in the matchup. Bazley ended the game having shot 55.6% from the floor as well as collecting 2 dimes and 5 total rebounds.
Oklahoma City has a win-loss mark of 12-19 so far this year. As an offensive unit, the Thunder are hitting on 44.9% from the floor, which ranks them 24th in the NBA. Oklahoma City has accounted for 3,311 pts so far this season (106.8 per contest) and they pull in 44.4 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 23.2 times per game (22nd in the league) and they are turning it over 14.6 times per contest. The Thunder commit 18.5 personal fouls per contest and they hit 73.4% from the charity stripe. The Thunder defensively are ranked 19th in the NBA in PPG surrendered with 112.5. They concede 25.2 assists and 48.5 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 20th and 30th in basketball. The Oklahoma City defense allows 35.0% on 3-point attempts (405 of 1,156) and opponents are making 75.8% of their shots from the free throw line. They are forcing their opponents into 13.4 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 46.1% from the field (12th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take San Antonio (-3.5)
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