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San Antonio has posted seven consecutive victories and 17 in the last 20
games and is in sixth place in the West while trailing the fifth-place
Los Angeles Clippers by a half-game. The Spurs drubbed the Thunder
130-91 on March 25 when they shot 58 percent from the field and made
13-of-21 from 3-point range. Oklahoma City can’t afford too many
stumbles if it expects to hold off the Pelicans and coach Scott Brooks
grasps the situation. “Every night has playoff implications but that’s
been our mentality for seven years now,” Brooks told reporters. “You
treat every game the same, you focus on every game and pay attention to
TV: 8 p.m. ET, TNT, FSN Oklahoma City (Oklahoma)
LINE HISTORY: Most shops opened the Thunder as 4.5-point road dogs and the total at 217. A few hours later, those numbers were sitting at +5.5, 216.
COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Spurs (-10.4) – Thunder (-7.5) + home court (-3.0) = Thunder -0.1
INJURY REPORT: Spurs – C Tiago Splitter (Out, calf).
WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “Here come the champs, who are peaking at the right time. They went 12-3 SU/11-4 ATS in March and every SU win, but one, came by double digits.” Covers Expert Bryan Power.
DANCE TEAM WAR:
ABOUT THE SPURS (51-26): San Antonio’s 39-point beat down of
Oklahoma City was the beginning of the seven-game winning streak that
has seen each game decided by double digits. The Spurs have an average
victory margin of 20.3 points during the stretch with the most recent
win being Sunday’s 107-92 decision over the Golden State Warriors. Small
forward Kawhi Leonard has been a standout with 20 or more points in
four of the last five games and he tied his career high of 26 points
against Golden State while recording a career-best seven steals.
ABOUT THE THUNDER (42-35):
Backup guard Anthony Morrow has made six 3-pointers in two of the past
three games and is averaging 22.3 points during the stretch. “He’s
obviously on fire from 3-point range,” Brooks told reporters. “He gives
you effort every night, he competes on both ends, that’s what you have
to do. He’s making his 3s and Russell (Westbrook) and our guys are
finding him.” Morrow’s sharpshooting on the perimeter has helped soften
the loss of Kevin Durant for the season and he has scored in double
digits in 13 of the past 14 games.
* Under is 6-1 in the last seven meetings in Oklahoma City.
* Spurs are 1-9 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Oklahoma City.
* Spurs are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games overall.
* Over is 7-1-1 in Thunder last nine home games.
COVERS CONSENSUS: Per Covers Consensus, 52 percent of users are backing the Spurs.