Tuesday’s NBA Game of the Day: Thunder at Spurs

Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs (-9, 211)

Russell Westbrook’s latest triple-double didn’t result in a victory and that is a rare occurrence for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Westbrook attempts to record triple-double No. 25 on the season when the Thunder visit the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday.

Oklahoma City is 18-6 when Westbrook notches a triple-double this season and 51-10 in his career, but the Thunder lost 107-91 to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday despite 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists from Westbrook. His 24 triple-doubles are the most in a season since legendary Wilt Chamberlain posted 31 in 1967-68, and his averages of 30.8 points, 10.6 rebounds and 10.2 assists have him on pace to join Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson (1961-62) as the only players to average triple-doubles over an entire season. San Antonio dropped a 105-101 decision to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday to open a four-game road trip and that didn’t sit well with All-Star small forward Kawhi Leonard. “It doesn’t matter who we lose to,” Leonard told reporters. “It’s always tough losing. We want to win every game. We’ve got another one coming up and we have to be prepared. We have to go in with the same mentality — play defense first and let the offense come.”

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, FSN Oklahoma, FSN Southwest (San Antonio)

LINE HISTORY: The Spurs opened as big nine-point home favorites and the line has yet to move as of Tuesday morning. The total hit the betting board at 211 and has also been stable thus far. Check out the complete line history here.

WHAT BOOKS SAY: “The Spurs are coming off back to back losses for the first time since November. With that in mind we expect the Spurs to come out in this matchup and be razor sharp against the Thunder.  We have set the line Spurs -9 with just under 60% of the action on them to cover that number.” – Michael Stewart from CarbonGaming.ag.

INJURY REPORT:

Thunder – C. E. Kanter (Mid March, forearm).

Spurs – SG J. Simmons (Questionable, wrist), C P. Gasol (Early March, finger).

COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Thunder (-3.3) – Spurs (-12.8) + home court (-3) = Spurs -12.5

MATCHUP CHART:
 

ABOUT THE THUNDER (28-20 SU, 26-21-1 ATS, 21-27 O/U): Westbrook averaged 27 points, 8.3 assists and 4.7 rebounds against the Spurs last season but also committed an average of 5.3 turnovers. His turnover issues have been a problem in January as the All-Star point guard is averaging 5.9 miscues and has twice recorded 10 turnovers while also having outings of eight and seven. Rookie power forward Domantas Sabonis averaged 11 points over the past two games and Oklahoma City will be looking for more offense from the first-round pick with Enes Kanter (broken forearm) sidelined for up to two months.

ABOUT THE SPURS (36-11 SU, 27-19-1 ATS, 30-17 O/U): San Antonio blew a 15-point second-quarter lead against Dallas and stands 16-6 at home this season after matching the league record with a 40-1 mark last season. The drop in home success isn’t just due to the venue as coach Gregg Popovich was dismayed by a sloppy performance and veteran guard Manu Ginobili could only agree with Popovich’s assessment. “(Sunday) was mental errors, mainly, communication errors, the ones that shouldn’t happen. He wasn’t happy and we aren’t happy. We are competitors and we want to win, too. Of course, we want to play again and have a better game.”

CHEERLEADER BATTLE:

 

TRENDS:

* Thunder are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Southwest.
* Spurs are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Northwest.
* Under is 5-1 in Thunder last 6 games following a straight up loss of more than 10 points.
* Over is 11-1 in Spurs last 12 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
* Thunder are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings.

Check out a complete list of hot and cold trends, here.
 
COVERS CONSENSUS: 64 percent of Covers users are siding with the road underdog Thunder and Over is picking up 62 percent of the totals wagers. View full consensus data here.


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