Tuesday’s NBA playoffs betting preview and odds: Thunder at Spurs

 

The best series of the NBA Playoffs thus far gets a stand-alone spot Tuesday night as the San Antonio Spurs host the Oklahoma City Thunder in a pivotal Game 5.

Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs (-7, 199.5)

Series tied 2-2

Kevin Durant’s huge game helped Oklahoma City knot the Western Conference semifinals and another stellar game from the All-Star forward could propel the third-seeded Thunder into a 3-2 series lead. Durant aims to follow up a 41-point effort in Game 4 and lead his team to a victory in San Antonio for the second time in this series when Oklahoma City visits the second-seeded Spurs on Tuesday.

Durant’s output matched his career postseason high and he personally outscored San Antonio 17-16 in the final quarter of Sunday’s 111-97 win. “When you have a deep team, those 40-point nights – they don’t come a lot,” Durant said afterward. “I’m just trying to be consistent in what I do, and I know in any given moment, I can go off and get a few shots.” Though the Spurs were ran out of the building in the final quarter of Game 4, concern was mild afterward with the pivotal Game 5 looming. “We were up for a good part of the game. We couldn’t close it,” backup shooting guard Manu Ginobili told reporters. “So we’ve got to keep fighting. Nobody expected to sweep or have an easy series against a team like them. We’re going back home. We have homecourt advantage. Hopefully, we take care of it.”

TV: 8 p.m. ET, TNT

LINE HISTORY: The Spurs opened as 6.5-point favorites and by Monday evening the books reacted to a flury of Spurs action and bumped the line up to -7. The total opened at 200.5 and was dropped a full point to 199.5. Check out the complete line history here.

MATCHUP CHART:

ABOUT THE THUNDER (61-30, 42-48-1 ATS, 44-47 O/U): Durant is averaging 27.8 points in the series – he opened with a subpar 16-point showing in Game 1 – and point guard Russell Westbrook is averaging 22 points and 10.5 assists despite shooting just 33.3 percent. The biggest surprise has been the play of 22-year-old center Steven Adams, who has grabbed 10 or more rebounds in each of the four games while averaging 9.8 points and 12.3 rebounds as well as annoying most of the Spurs. “He makes the other bigs hate him because he goes hard every time,” backup center Enes Kanter told reporters. “He gets under their skin, and in their head.”

ABOUT THE SPURS (73-17, 49-41 ATS, 38-50-2 O/U): San Antonio was awful while being outscored 34-16 in the final quarter of Game 4 and it was more than Durant’s greatness that decided the contest. “I think down the stretch in the fourth quarter, we made too many mistakes,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told reporters. “Just not remembering who we were guarding and how we wanted to play. But having said that, they out-toughed us, they battered us on the boards. At the same time, they had some other players that joined in and made shots.” Point guard Tony Parker was strong offensively for the second straight game with 22 points – he is averaging 20.5 over the past two games after averaging just 4.5 over the first two contests.

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TRENDS:

* Thunder are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
* Spurs are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Northwest.
* Over is 7-2 in Thunder last 9 road games.
* Under is 5-1 in Spurs last 6 home games.
* Thunder are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.

CONSENSUS REPORT: As of Monday night, 60 percent of the Covers Consensus picks were on the Spurs to cover the spread and 67 percent of the wagers were on the Over. View full consensus data here.

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