It will be an early rematch of last years Western Conference Championship series when the Oklahoma City Thunder meet the San Antonio Spurs tonight. The game is scheduled to begin in the Alamo City’s AT&T Center at 9:35 PM ET. Originally this game was to be the second half of a TNT doubleheader, but now becomes the sole attraction after the Knicks-Nets game was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy.
The Spurs (1-0) ended last season with 4 straight losses to the Thunder after having won the first 2 playoff contests. That losing streak ended last night when San Antonio started the 2012-13 campaign with a close 99-95 decision over the Hornets in New Orleans. They were led in that effort by Tim Duncan scoring 24 points and Tony Parker 23, including a trey with under a minute to play to give the Spurs the lead. Manu Ginobeli sat out the game and is questionable tonight due to issues with his back. Start your NBA gambling on Spurs vs. Thunder Game.
The Thunder (0-0) open the season tonight playing without James Harden for the first time. He was dealt to Houston on Saturday. OKC will have to rely even more on Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Serge Ibaka if they hope to return to the NBA Finals for a second straight year.
These teams last met in the regular season in March 2012, with the Spurs winning 114-105. In that one, San Antonio was a 5 point underdog. In a February 2012 matchup, the Spurs won 107-96, after they were favored by 2 ½ points. Check the NBA Lines for Spurs vs. Thunder Game.
The total went OVER in 4 of the 6 playoff games last year between these teams. Before that, the total had gone OVER in all 4 of their meetings during the regular season, dating back to February 2011. The favorite is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings, and the home team is also 4-1 ATS in their last 5 matchups.
San Antonio is a 2 ½ point (-$110) home favorite from SBG Global Sportsbook, with the over/under set at 201 ½ (-$110).
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