NBA Picks: Spurs vs. Thunder

Joe Freda

Thursday, April 4, 2013 11:45 AM GMT

Thursday, Apr. 4, 2013 11:45 AM GMT

Will the hot UNDER trend that is this year's theme between these two keep up for these Western Conference rivals or is time to bet the other way?

The San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder have played their share of stingy duels recently, with the UNDER going 5-1 in both squads’ last six games. Thursday’s NBA betting has the foes squaring off for the fourth time, following the UNDER collecting at 3-0 in the first trio of duels

Spurs, Green hold off Magic

San Antonio heads north on no rest after Wednesday’s 98-84 win over the Orlando Magic, cruising as a 12 ½-point home betting odds favorite. The Spurs never trailed, holding Orlando to a 38.9 percent mark from the floor at AT&T Center.

Spurs guard Danny Green led his squad’s scoring with 20 points, while uniting with Nando de Colo for nine assists and four steals. San Antonio’s Tim Duncan was kept to 14 minutes of action, with bench mates Gary Neal and Tiago Splitter combining to grab 17 boards.

The contest’s 182 points plunged UNDER the ‘total’ of 198, with the Spurs edging out Orlando in paint points, 42-40. Green and Neal drilled 8-of-15 buckets from three-point land, while San Antonio outrebounded the Magic, 53-47

Thunder, Westbrook surge past Buck

Oklahoma City has been idle since Saturday’s 109-99 victory as six-point road ‘chalk’ against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Thunder jumped out to a 56-46 halftime lead, finishing with a 53.3 percent night from the field.

Thunder guard Russell Westbrook piled in a triple-double, including 23 points and 10 assists. Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka united for 46 points, with Ibaka adding eight of his side’s 12 blocks.

The battle’s 208 points leaped OVER the closing ‘total’ of 206, with the Thunder allowing Milwaukee to drain 12-of-29 shots beyond the arc. Oklahoma City outscored the Bucks in fast break points, 15-4, while Kevin Martin and Nick Collison combined to notch 27 points and 11 boards off the bench.

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Back the UNDER in OKC

Bookmaker.eu opened Oklahoma City as an eight-point favorite, while first setting the ‘total’ at 204. San Antonio has its injuries mounting with guard Manu Ginobili (11.9 PPG) out indefinitely with a hamstring strain, while Steven Jackson is “doubtful” and DeJuan Blain remains “questionable.”

I am adding a ticket on the UNDER to Thursday’s sports picks, looking for an intense battle that stays south of the ‘total.

Oklahoma City has held visitors to 88.7 PPG in its last nine home dates, with a depleted Spurs squad not looking to fare much better in this back-to-back spot. The UNDER is 6-2 in San Antonio’s last eight spots on no rest, while Gregg Popovich’s squad finds itself playing a fourth game in five days.

The Thunder have held San Antonio to 94.7 PPG in the three matchups between the rivals, leading by as many as 18 points in December’s 107-93 home victory. Oklahoma City is playing the front end of a back-to-back situation, which could slow down the action in the second half for Durant and Co. as a trip looms to Indiana.

The UNDER is 7-2 in San Antonio’s last nine battles against Western Conference foes, while the wager has cashed at a 5-0-2 clip in Oklahoma City’s last seven contests facing the same set of rivals. Look for the UNDER to get the money again here.

Free Pick: UNDER 204 (Bookmaker.eu)

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