The Thunder simply couldn't stop the Spurs from doing what they do best: scoring the basketball. Will things change at all in Game 2? The NBA odds once again favor San Antonio, so come in and see what kind of NBA pick we're recommending.
<p><b style="font-size:1em">Odds Overview</b></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">The NBA betting lines have changed a little bit, as the Spurs have risen from 5.5-point favorites as they were in Game 1 to 6-point chalk now. That's what a dominating all-around performance can do.</span><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>As for the total, it can be found at either 211.5 or 212, after the OVER easily cashed in Game 1 two nights ago.</p> <p style="text-align:left">[gameodds]5/291355/?r3=43-19-349/dec&r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Oklahoma City Thunder<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">Well, the Thunder held their own offensively in Game 1, but they were torched inside on the other end and that <a target="_blank" title="Is a six point spread too low in Game 2?" href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/forum/nba-basketball-betting/2885813-so-spurs-beat-thunder-17-a.html">allowed the Spurs to run away with it</a>.</span><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>In all, Oklahoma City shot 46.2 percent overall, 44.4 percent (12-of-27) from three and 82.6 percent (19-of-23) from the line. Not bad percentages there.</p> <p><a title="Will Kevin Durant's MVP skills show up in this series?" href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/forum/players-talk/2876257-durant-wins-mvp-award.html">Kevin Durant scored 28 points</a> on 10-of-19 shooting (with four threes) and chipped in with nine rebounds and five assists, though he did turn the ball over six times. Russell Westbrook went for 25/7/5 with four turnovers in the loss.</p> <p>With Serge Ibaka out with a strained calf, Nick Collison picked up the starting nod at power forward, though he only played roughly 15 minutes, finishing with three rebounds, one assist, two steals and a block. Collison may not have scored a single point, but his toughness and energy did make a difference, which is why it was questionable that he didn't play whatsoever in the fourth quarter.</p> <p>Off the bench, Oklahoma City got 16 points out of Derek Fisher (four threes), 13 from Reggie Jackson and nine out of Caron Butler, though Steven Adams (four points and two boards) was quiet. The Thunder are going to need as much as they can get out of their bench going forward if they <a target="_blank" title="Thunder vs. Spurs Series Price Betting Odds" href="/picks/nba/nba-picks-thunder-vs-spurs-series-price-odds/39631/">want a chance in this series</a>.</p> <p><b style="font-size:1em"><br />San Antonio Spurs<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">The Spurs exploited Oklahoma City's makeshift interior with reckless abandon and that ultimately was the difference between the two teams.</span></p> <p>San Antonio out-scored the Thunder 66-32 in the paint, with the team shooting a mighty impressive 57.5 percent overall from the floor. The Spurs hit 9-of-17 from three and forced 16 turnovers out of Oklahoma City.</p> <p>Tim Duncan made quick work of the Thunder, scoring 27 points with seven rebounds and three assists in just over 29 minutes of action. He's surely happy as can be that he <a target="_blank" title="Do Spurs actually believe that Ibaka is done for the season?" href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/forum/players-talk/2884755-spurs-dont-believe-ibaka-done-season.html">doesn't have to deal with Ibaka</a> out there.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>Duncan wasn't the only effective player for San Antonio. Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green and Manu Ginobili all scored in double figures as well, with Parker also dishing out 12 assists as more of a facilitator this time around.<b style="font-size:1em"> </b></p> <p>We'll have to see if the Thunder make any adjustments after some failed experiments in Game 1. Either way, the Spurs will be ready to exploit whatever weaknesses they find.</p> <p style="text-align:center"><em>Read Jordan Sharp's <a target="_blank" title="NBA Picks: Thunder vs. Spurs Game 2 Predictions" href="/picks/nba/nba-picks-thunder-vs-spurs-game-2/39688/">NBA Picks: Thunder vs. Spurs Game 2 Picks</a></em></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Game 2 Pick<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">We got <a target="_blank" title="Where did we miss the mark with our Game 1 picks?" href="/picks/nba/bet-thunder-5-5-vs-spurs-game-1/39659/">Game 1 wrong</a>. The Thunder did look good at times and actually held the lead at one point, but the point-producing machine that is the Spurs just continued to show no mercy.</span></p> <p>As we approach Game 2, we're going to stay away from the betting spread. Oklahoma City is having a ton of <a title="Serge Ibaka out for the season" href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/forum/players-talk/2883183-serge-ibaka-out-season.html">trouble protecting the rim without Serge Ibaka</a> and that should hurt them significantly again this evening. Still, we've seen what the tandem of Durant and Westbrook can do all by themselves practically.<b></b></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Let's therefore take the OVER with our <a target="_blank" title="Free Sports Picks & Betting Predictions" href="/">sports picks</a>. Jordan Sharp is in agreement: this series has all the makings of featuring shootout after shootout, especially with the Thunder looking committed to going small without Ibaka.</span><b style="font-size:1em"> </b></p> <b>Free NBA Picks: </b>OVER 211.5