Teddy and Pauly do a complete breakdown on the Spurs vs. Thunder series that is upcoming this Saturday. Visit Here for their NBA picks and more.
Over the course of the next few days, you’re going to hear, watch and read a veritable plethora of so called ‘analysis’ about the upcoming Spurs – Thunder series. On Thursday’s SportsBIT, Teddy and Pauly take a Deep Dive into the OKC – San Antonio matchup giving you an early edge on the NBA betting markets for this series. That will leave enough time on Friday’s show to give a thorough post-mortem on the first round of the NFL Draft from a Vegas perspective – be sure not to miss tomorrow’s show either!
Spurs – Thunder brings everything fans and bettors love about the NBA, most notably, the intriguing matchups on both ends on the floor. In a series filled with great matchups, none is more intriguing than the battle between Kevin Durant’s offense and Kahwi Leonard’s defense. If Leonard can slow Durant down while forcing Durant to work hard on defense against either Leonard or LaMarcus Aldridge; the Spurs have the potential to neutralize one of the Thunder’s biggest strengths!
Regardless of what Charles Barkley says (and Pauly has some choice words for Barkley’s breakdown of this series), San Antonio’s bench has been and remains the deepest bench in the NBA. In fact, if the Spurs bench had Popovich coaching them, they’d probably be a .500 level, playoff caliber team. But the Thunder’s bench isn’t chopped liver, loaded with big bodies in the low post and sharpshooters on the perimeter. Their rebounding, in particular, has been a clear area of strength from their reserves.
There’s not much bettors are going to learn from past history in this series. The Thunder pulled away late on opening night back in October to win and cover 112-106, but since then, there’s been only one meeting with every key player healthy and in the lineup; a Spurs 93-85 win and cover at home back on March 12th. Even that game needs an asterisk, because the Thunder were playing on the second night of back-2-backs after blowing a late lead at home against the Timberwolves the previous night.Obviously, those back-2-back spots end with the end of the regular season – fatigue is not likely to be an issue for either squad.
This is just the tip of the iceberg.Teddy and Pauly break down the Popovich vs. Donovan coaching matchup, focusing on Donovan’s two previous championships at the collegiate level. Of course, those titles came in a ‘One and Done’ setting, as opposed to a seven game series against the same opponent, forcing adjustments from game to game. They break down what bettors can learn from the two recent playoff series between the Thunder and Spurs. And they offer their opinions about whether the winner of this series will go on to win the title. Check out the full video right here and get your NBA pick right now.