After a really good start to the season, the Thunder have been playing erratic of late. They are 5-5 over its last 10 games, that includes a dismal record of 1-3 at home. With two elite scorers in the lineup, it’s surprising to note the Thunder has the NBA’s worst 3-point shooters, chucking the ball in at a rate of only 32.3%. They are still the 10th best scoring team in the league at 112 PPG. F Paul George leads the team in scoring at 26.8 PPG with G Russell Westbrook checking in at 21.2 PPG. Westbrook also leads the team in assists at 10.3 APG, which puts him among the league leaders in that category.
It took all of November for the Spurs’ new pieces to melt together, but it looks like this team is playing as well as anyone in the NBA. Since the beginning of December, the Spurs have won 14 of 19 games, including its last 5 against some of the better teams in the league. They have also won 9 of its last 10 games at home with the only loss coming against a very bad Chicago team. As what was expected, G Demar DeRozan leads the team in scoring with an average of 22.6 PPG. He is followed by C/PF LeMarcus Aldridge with 20.0 PPG to go along with his team-leading 8.6 RPG. This is the NBA’s 4th best shooting team (48.0% from the field) and best 3-point shooting team in the league at an amazing 39.7%.
Prediction: Both teams come into this game with two elite scorers. The difference between the two teams is San Antonio has a much better supporting cast. It’s hard to look past a team that is playing so well in San Antonio. It boggles the mind to see the Oklahoma City is actually favored in this one, something gamblers need to exploit. San Antonio +1 (score – San Antonio 118-111)