Thunder vs. Spurs Game 2 NBA Picks - Bet 'Over' 211.5

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 12:56 PM UTC

Wednesday, May. 21, 2014 12:56 PM UTC

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.

Odds Overview

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. 

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.


Oklahoma City Thunder
Well, the Thunder held their own offensively in Game 1, but they were torched inside on the other end and that allowed the Spurs to run away with it

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.

Kevin Durant scored 28 points 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.

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.

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 want a chance in this series.

San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs exploited Oklahoma City's makeshift interior with reckless abandon and that ultimately was the difference between the two teams.

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.

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 doesn't have to deal with Ibaka out there. 

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. 

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.

Read Jordan Sharp's NBA Picks: Thunder vs. Spurs Game 2 Picks

Game 2 Pick
We got Game 1 wrong. 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.

As we approach Game 2, we're going to stay away from the betting spread. Oklahoma City is having a ton of trouble protecting the rim without Serge Ibaka 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.

Let's therefore take the OVER with our sports picks. 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. 

Free NBA Picks: OVER 211.5
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