Bet the Thunder Over Spurs to Tie Series in NBA Picks

Steven Suarez

Saturday, May 31, 2014 3:15 PM GMT

All five games in this series have been blowouts. Will that trend continue for Game 6 back in Oklahoma City. We've broken down the NBA odds and feel we have a good read on where to go with our sports picks.

Odds Overview
Back at home in front of what's going to be a crazy crowd, the Thunder are favored by 3.5 points. The O/U can be found as low as 206 and as high as 207.5, with the 'under' having cashed in four of the five games in the series so far.


San Antonio Spurs
After a relatively even first quarter, the Spurs pulled away in the second and never looked back, leading to a 117-89 win at home in Game 5.

It seemed like everything was going in for San Antonio. They connected on 51.3 percent of their shots overall while nailing 13 threes (13-of-26 for 50 percent) and 26-of-30 (86.7 percent) from the charity stripe.

Six different Spurs scored in double figures in the blowout victory.

Tim Duncan made quick work of the Thunder, scoring 22 points with 12 rebounds in just under 30 minutes. Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green were the other starters to hit 10+ points, while Manu Ginobili (19/6/4) and Boris Diaw (13/6/3) were highly effective off the bench.

 

It was yet another clinic of flawless execution on the offensive end out of Gregg Popovich's team. The victory also showcased San Antonio's impressive depth once more, as their bench out-scored Oklahoma City's 55-26. It's been a common theme throughout this series, with the Thunder's two superstars trying to overcome a well-oiled machine that gets contributions from all over the place.


Oklahoma City Thunder
At the start, it looked like the Thunder were up for the challenge in Game 5. However, they couldn't make any consistent stops on the defensive end and the game got out of hand in a hurry.

As a team, Oklahoma City shot 43.2 percent overall, 25.0 percent (6-of-24) from three and 65.0 percent (13-of-20) from the line. They were out-rebounded 48-35 and had trouble dealing with the extra floor spacing that was provided by Matt Bonner, who was inserted into the starting lineup by Popovich for that very reason.

Kevin Durant scored 25 points on 11-of-21 shooting and Russell Westbrook went for 21/7/4 with three steals, but the Thunder were terrible defensively and that was ultimately the difference.

Aside from Reggie Jackson, who scored all 11 of his points in the first quarter, no other player on the Thunder scored in double figures. That includes Serge Ibaka, who had only six points and two rebounds in the loss.

It was an ugly game all-around from Oklahoma City, who are now one loss away from elimination. It's do or die for Durant and company – will they respond?


Game 6 NBA Pick
This has been a crazy series and we firmly believe we'll see a Game 7 back in San Antonio at the end of the day. It was meant to be, and Jordan Sharp is in agreement. 

The Thunder have been feeding off the energy of their home crowd throughout this series. They get way more locked in on the defensive end and it leads to easier buckets on the other end of the floor when they get stops and out in transition.

We expect a bounce-back game out of Ibaka, as well as some better showings from the supporting cast, who always seem to play better at home. It's also tough to go against the freakish talent of that Durant and Westbrook pair, who should will their team to a victory and force this series into a Game 7. Take Oklahoma City with your NBA picks.

Free NBA Pick: Thunder -3.5
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