Oklahoma City at San Antonio Game 5 NBA Playoffs Odds Pick
No team has won back-to-back games yet in the excellent Thunder-Spurs series. It shifts back to San Antonio for Game 5 on Tuesday night all tied at 2-2. The Spurs are -290 on NBA odds to win the series with Oklahoma City at +245.
A Look at the Oklahoma City at San Antonio Game 5 NBA Playoffs Odds Pick & TV Info
Thunder at Spurs Historic Betting Trends
Oklahoma City tied the series with a 111-97 home win Sunday, the most points by far the Thunder have had in this series. Four-time NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant matched his career playoff high with 41 points. Durant had 29 points on 10-for-13 shooting in the second half. He scored 17 points in the fourth quarter, one more than the Spurs, and did so on 6-for-6 shooting. That assured at least one more game in OKC for Durant amid speculation he could leave the Thunder as a free agent after this season if OKC falls in this series.
Durant now has 36 games of at least 30 points in the playoffs, second only to LeBron James (50) over the past seven seasons. He has six 40-point playoff games in that span, again second only to James (seven). Russell Westbrook finished with 14 points and 15 assists. Dion Waiters had 17 massive points. Steven Adams went from one shot in Game 3 to scoring 16 on 6-of-8 in Game 4. Enes Kanter closed alongside Adams, finishing with 11 points and eight rebounds in 28 minutes.
San Antonio led at the end of the first, second and third quarters before being outscored 34-16 in the final period to drop their first game this postseason on the road. San Antonio’s Tony Parker, LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard each recorded 20+ points. Parker finished with a team-high 22, Leonard 21 and Aldridge 20. San Antonio outscored Oklahoma City 19-15 in fast break points and both teams were tied with 48 points in the paint.
The Spurs finished the game with just 12 assists on 40 made field goals, which works out to an assist on 30 percent of the team’s makes. That number registers as the team’s lowest assist percentage since 1987, when the Spurs assisted on 28.9 percent of their buckets against the Sacramento Kings. More than half of San Antonio’s field goal attempts in Game 4 came after only one pass or fewer, which ranks as the team’s highest in a game so far in this series. When the Spurs did get off a shot from a pass in Game 4, they connected on just 36.4 percent of those attempts, which ranks as the worst for the team this postseason.
Tim Duncan picked up four fouls in the opening 16 minutes of the game and lasted a little more three minutes of the second half before sitting for good. He scored zero points for the first time in his 249-game postseason career and took no shot attempts for the first time in any off his 1,641 competitive NBA games.
Over NBA history, teams that won at least 65 regular-season games as the Spurs did and then found themselves tied 2-2 in a playoff series, those teams are 15-0 all-time in those series.
Expert Betting Prediction
Give the points, go under the total. The under is 5-2 in the past seven meetings. The Spurs are 18-6 ATS in their past 24 after a loss.