Add Spurs -7 To Your NBA Picks Over Thunder & Its Disastrous Defense

David Lawrence

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 12:10 PM GMT

The Spurs might finally be playing like a team intent on defending its NBA championship. The Thunder have to get into the playoffs if they even want to have the chance to prove a point this season.

The San Antonio Spurs Can Win Because…
They are rolling which is why  they enter tonight's game as a 7-piont road favorite on NBA odds, finally they are looking like the team they can be when they’re at their best. San Antonio looked like a championship team in its 107-92 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday. The Spurs became the first team to beat the Warriors more than once this season, which tells you how good San Antonio really is. The Spurs hit 53 percent of their shots and were extremely sharp on offense. Their calling card is ball movement, and they posted 27 assists as a result of being able to outflank Golden State’s defense, which is a pretty good defense to begin with. San Antonio won by 15, and what’s more is that it was an easy 15-point win, with the Spurs being up by 22 points – 89-67 – after three quarters.

The star of the game for San Antonio was Kawhi Leonard, who not only scored 26 points, but did so with a very efficient shooting performance of 11 for 17. That’s going to get it done for the Spurs. Leonard also had seven steals, showing why even though he’s missed a few bunches of games this season with injuries, he’s still in the running for Defensive Player of the Year in the NBA.

The Spurs have it going on, and the Thunder don’t. Oklahoma City has lost three straight and five of six. The Thunder might have thought that after giving up only 100 points to the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, they had improved on defense. However, after giving up 115 to the Houston Rockets at home on Sunday, Oklahoma City knows that its defense just isn’t up to snuff right now.

 

The Oklahoma City Thunder Can Win Because…
There are a few things about San Antonio that should still concern the Spurs and their fans. One thing about the Spurs is that they’re just not a good road team this season. San Antonio is a very ordinary 20-18 away from home. The Spurs were far better last season when venturing away from their own building. That’s something Oklahoma City can hang its hat on, especially since it has been historically difficult for the Spurs to win in OKC’s arena. 

The other big reason why the Thunder can win here is that for all the things the Spurs are doing right, Manu Ginobili’s jump shot is still not there. Ginobili is 4 of his last 15 on three-point shots, and until he gets his shooting stroke squared away, San Antonio’s offense is going to be limited. Teams are good enough in the NBA that they can force certain people to shoot, and if Ginobili can’t start hitting shots, the Spurs won’t get where they want to go.

 

Outlook
The Thunder should bother the Spurs, but the Spurs look like a team that’s ready to rise above the challenge. The Thunder’s defense has been deplorable over the last month or so, which makes it hard to trust them. San Antonio should win this game, so take them with your NBA picks.

NBA Pick: San Antonio -5.5 at The Greek

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