NBA Picks: OKC Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs

Joe Catalano

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 3:30 PM GMT

Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 3:30 PM GMT

Will a matchup tonight against Kevin Durant and a youthful Oklahoma City (9-3) team put things into perspective for Pop and the San Antonio Spurs? Let's review the betting lines.

No matter who Gregg Popovich put’s on the court, his San Antonio Spurs (13-1) continue to win on a yearly basis. This season, the Spurs are the top ranked team in the Western Conference.

Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 pm ET at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

OKC gets the respect against a 1 loss team as the Thunder are a 2.5 point betting odds favorite according to Bet 365 Sportsbook and the total for the game is 201.5

Are we going to ride the near perfect Spurs as our pick or are we going to ride one of the best 1-2 combinations in the game of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant?

A Light Workout

This is exactly what the Thunder got out of the Utah Jazz as OKC blew past the Jazz 95-73 with Kevin Durant getting to rest and preserving his strength for the Spurs.

In this game, KD put up just 9 shots and provided 19 points and 9 rebounds as he made frequent trips to the charity stripe. Don’t expect the same thing to happen against the Spurs. OKC’s bench got to get some extending playing time and former University of Connecticut standout, Jeremy Lamb, was very productive as he poured in 15 points on 7 of 13 shooting from the field. A deep bench is invaluable and Lamb and Perry Jones could be a factor in tonight’s game against the best team in the West in the Spurs.

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Westbrook Status

Superstar point guard, Russell Westbrook did miss the Jazz game and is on the injury report with a “undisclosed” injury. This most likely is the Thunder giving Westbrook and his surgically repaired knee a rest. I would expect him to play against the Spurs tonight, but keep an eye on the injury reports as we draw nearer to game-time. If Westbrook doesn’t play, this could affect the odds and the outlook on tonight’s game.

A Beasting Spurs Bench

San Antonio is coming off of 112-93 beating of a very good New Orleans Pelicans team and the difference in this game was the bench of the Spurs that produced 65 points. On the season, the Spurs are averaging 44 points from the bench which is one of the best in the NBA. This enables veterans like Tim Duncan and Tony Parker to stay fresh while players like Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw are able to play their 20 minutes and give a maximum effort.

Against the Pelicans, Ginobili played just 19 minutes and led the team with 16 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds.

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The Best Coach in the NBA

Coaches don’t play the games, but head coach Gregg Popovich is the best strategist in the game and best coach overall. Even though Kawhi Leonard is possibly the best young star on the team, in order for the Spurs to make it to the finals, they still have to have the nucleus of Ginobili, Parker, and Duncan involved.

Parker is still in his prime, but Duncan can only go so far and a matchup tonight against Serge Ibaka will be a difficult one for the legend out of Wake Forest. Look for Duncan to get a bit more playing time tonight as Popovich maneuvers his lineup as best as possible as the Spurs could be facing their 2nd loss of the season against the 2nd best player in the league in Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Outcome

As long as Westbrook plays, talent-wise, the Thunder blow the Spurs away for our NBA picks. Don’t expect Popovich to be able to squeeze out a win in Oklahoma City. The combination of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will prove to be unstoppable in this game and the odds are very low.

Free Pick- Oklahoma City -2.5 at Bet 365 

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