San Antonio at Oklahoma City NBA Playoffs Spread Game 3
Thanks to a late non-call, the Oklahoma City Thunder stole Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal series against the Spurs in San Antonio on Monday night. So now it’s a best-of-5 and Oklahoma City has home-court advantage. It hosts Game 3 on Friday night as a slight favorite on NBA odds. So, don’t miss out on our online betting odds and win big in the NBA Playoffs!
A Quick Preview on San Antonio at Oklahoma City NBA Playoffs Spread Game 3 & TV Info
When: Friday, May 6, 9:30 PM ET
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City
Radio: San Antonio / Oklahoma
NBA Odds: Thunder -1.5 (199)
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If you watched Game 2, TNT analyst Chris Webber went bonkers on a late play on which he thought Oklahoma City should have been called for an offensive foul. Webber was right. Officials said after the Thunder’s 98-97 win that they should have called one.
The Thunder led 85-76 with nine minutes to go in regulation, but the Spurs responded with back-to-back Danny Green 3-pointers, making it a one-possession game all over again. From there it was a back and forth scramble defined by two clutch plays by the Thunder, both out of Billy Donovan timeouts, before some craziness in the final seconds of action.
The play in question involved Oklahoma City’s Dion Waiters on an inbounds play with 13.5 seconds remaining and his team nursing a one-point advantage. Replays showed Waiters used an elbow on Spurs guard Manu Ginobili to clear the space he needed to pass the ball to Kevin Durant, who was subsequently stripped by Danny Green. Patty Mills missed the ensuing corner 3-pointer, and Spurs power forward LaMarcus Aldridge lost control of the rebound. Kawhi Leonard’s scramble for the loose ball proved fruitless as the buzzer sounded. Had an offensive foul been called on Waiters, possession would have been given to the Spurs.
Russell Westbrook had 29 points and 10 assists, and Kevin Durant added 28 points as the Thunder handed the Spurs just their second home loss of the season, rebounding from a 32-point beating in Game 1. Steven Adams had 12 points and a playoff career-high 17 rebounds. As a team, the Thunder out-rebounded San Antonio by nine and forced the Spurs to shoot just 42.6 percent (6-for-23 from the 3-point line), in a major turnaround from Game 1.
Durant and Westbrook scored or assisted on 81 of the 98 points the Thunder scored in Game 2, including the points scored by Durant on Westbrook assists. It’s the third game this postseason in which they accounted for at least 75 points (Games 3 and 5 versus the Dallas Mavericks).
Aldridge had 41 points, but the Spurs shot much worse as a team after shooting 61 percent in the series opener. In the last five minutes of the game, Aldridge scored all 13 of his team’s points, even outpacing the Thunder, who scored 11 during that stretch. After his 38 points in Game 1, Aldridge became the third player in Spurs history (Tim Duncan and George Gervin are the others) with at least 70 points scored over the first two games of a postseason series.
Leonard was held to 14 points on 7-for-18 shooting. Ginobili was the only other San Antonio player in double figures, scoring 11 points on 5-for-8 shooting.
Expert Betting Prediction
Thunder take Game 3 but I still like Spurs in seven for this series.