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Point Spread Betting Lines: Spurs vs. Thunder Game 3

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When: Sunday, May 25th 2014 at 8:30pm ET
Where: Chesapeake Energy Center in Oklahoma City
Watch: Live on TNT

So far the Oklahoma City Thunder have been completely outplayed by the San Antonio Spurs through two games of the series. Both of the games have been blowouts and OKC needs to turn this Western Conference Finals series around at home this weekend.

Latest Spread in SA vs. OKC

It’s unlikely that we’re going to see this point spread move much before tip-off. OKC had a great home record this season, but during the playoffs they’re only 4-3 at the Chesapeake Energy Center. They’ll need to improve a lot to have a chance at beating the Spurs.

How the Thunder Can Cover ATS in Game 3

The Spurs took the opening game of the series 122-105 and followed that up with a demoralizing 112-77 win in G2. It would be an understatement to say that the Thunder need to make adjustments if they expect to take G3 of the series at home on Sunday.

Losing Serge Ibaka for this series has hurt the Thunder immensely, especially on the defensive front. The Spurs shot 57.5% from the field in G1 and 50% from the field in G2. SA has hit 18 of 40 three point shot attempts in the series, which OKC has to defend.

The pick and roll has been killing OKC in this series and they need to find a way to shutdown Tony Parker. Danny Green has been on fire this series and the Thunder have to do a better job at covering him as well. A major concern for OKC is the depth of SA.

Don’t get me wrong, the Thunder haven’t done a good job shutting down the Spurs outside of the paint, but they really have to work on keeping the Spurs out of the paint. In G1 they scored 66 points in the paint and in G2 they scored 54 points in the paint.

In G1 OKC managed to shoot 44.4% from beyond the arc (12 of 27), but in G2 they went 2 of 20 (10%). In the series the Thunder are just 24 of 33 from the FT line. Rather than settle for the deep ball they need to attack the rim more and get to the charity stripe.

How the Spurs Can Cover ATS in Game 3

If the Spurs can even win just one of the next two games on the road they’ll lock up this series in my opinion. They have been playing at another level in this series compared to the first two series they played in and the Ibaka-less Thunder are completely outmatched.

Danny Green was relatively quiet in the two series before the Western Conference Finals. In the first two games of this series Green has shot 13 of 18 from the field (11 of 15 on 3-pointers) and in 55 minutes of playing time he has a +/- of +54, which shows his value.

Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobli continue to play at an elite level despite their age. The three aging veterans have scored 53 PPG this series while also averaging 14.5 RPG and 14 APG. They have been able to outplay Kevin Durance and Russell Westbrook.

The superstar duo on the Thunder played well in the opening game, as they combined for 53 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists. In G2 of the series the Spurs did much better defending the duo, as they only combined 30 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists.

Spurs vs. Thunder Game 3 Point Spread Picks

Until the Thunder can play some defense against the Spurs I can’t see how you could bet on them. They have been manhandled in this series thus far and with Ibaka out I think the hole that they’ve dug will be too much to climb out of against a team like SA.

Don’t expect the Spurs to let off the gas either, as Popovich will ensure his team is ready to play. The more rest the Spurs can get before they play the winner of the Heat/Pacers the better. SA has too many weapons and they play the best team game in the NBA.

ScottThis article was written by Scott

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