2016-NBA-Playoffs-San Antonio host OKC in game 2-preview
**Oklahoma City at San Antonio**
– Game 1 was a quick and easy one for the Spurs, who coasted to a 124-92 win as 6.5-point home favorites. The 216 combined points soared ‘over’ the 199.5-point total. San Antonio went ahead 43-20 by the end of the first quarter and led by 33 at intermission. LaMarcus Aldridge led the way with 38 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots. Aldridge made 18-of-23 shots from the field. Kawhi Leonard added 25 points, five rebounds and five assists compared to merely one turnover. He hit 10-of-13 attempts from the field. Danny Green buried 5-of-6 launches from downtown and finished with 18 points.
– In the blowout defeat, Serge Ibaka scored a team-best 19 points for OKC. Kevin Durant had 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while Russell Westbrook produced 14 points and nine assists. Westbrook struggled from the field by hitting only 5-of-19 attempts.
– For Game 2, the Westgate opened San Antonio (72-15 SU, 48-39 ATS) as a 7.5-point favorite with a total of 202.5 points. Those numbers hadn’t budged by Sunday night. The Spurs were -350 on the money line, leaving the Thunder available for gamblers for a +290 payout (risk $100 to win $290). Gregg Popovich’s team is a four-point ‘chalk’ for first-half wagers.
– San Antonio went 43-1 SU and 26-18 ATS at home this year.
– Oklahoma City (59-29 SU, 40-47-1 ATS) is 25-19 SU but just 19-25 ATS on the road. Billy Donovan’s team owns a 4-7 spread record with just one outright victory in 11 games as a road underdog this season.
– After losing Game 2 at home to Dallas in its first-round series, Oklahoma City won three in a row to close out the Mavericks. The Thunder beat the Mavs by margins of 38, 29, 11 and 14. They won a 118-104 decision in Game 5 thanks to 36 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists from Westbrook. Durant added 33 points.
– Through six postseason games, Durant is averaging 24.3 PPG but he’s struggling mightily from the field. The 27-year-old who played one season at the University of Texas is making only 37.2 percent of his shots, including an abysmal 25.6 percent from 3-point land. Westbrook is averaging 24.0 points, 10.8 assists and 6.3 rebounds per game.
– VI’s David likes the Spurs in Game 2. David said, “Oklahoma City was exposed in Game 1 to the masses and I expect to see more of the same as this series progresses. Saturday’s defensive effort was the 10th time this season that the Thunder allowed 120 or more points and it’s even more amazing that they won three of those games. OKC is an offensive juggernaut and I wouldn’t advise betting on a team that needs to hit a high percentage to win. San Antonio has gone 21-10 as a favorite of eight or less points this season and 19-12 ATS, which means they usually cover when they win and I’ll take those percentages in Game 2 on Monday.”
– The ‘under’ is 45-43 overall for the Thunder, but the ‘over’ is 26-18 in its road assignments. They have watched the ‘over’ cash in each of their last five games.
– The ‘under’ is 48-37-2 overall for the Spurs, 23-20-1 in their home outings. They have seen the ‘under’ go 6-2 in their last eight contests.
– These teams split their four regular-season meetings with each club holding serve at home. The home team has compiled an 18-8-1 spread record in the last 27 encounters between these teams.
– TNT will have the telecast at 9:35 p.m. Eastern.
**B.E.’s Bonus Nuggets**
– Golden State captured a 118-106 win over Portland in Sunday’s series opener of the West semifinals at Oracle Arena. The Warriors raced out to a 20-point lead at the end of the first quarter and enjoyed a 65-51 advantage at halftime. They easily covered first-quarter (-3.5) and first-half (-6) bets. All five starters scored in double figures led by Klay Thompson’s game-high 37 points. Thompson hit 7-of-14 shots from 3-point range, grabbed five rebounds, dished out five assists and made two steals. Draymond Green produced a triple-double with 23 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists and three blocked shots. Andrew Bogut and Harrison Barnes both scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
– Trailing by 14 at intermission, Portland was a two-point underdog (+16 adjusted) for second-half wagers. The Trail Blazers covered those bets thanks to a 33-25 advantage over the Warriors in the fourth quarter. Damian Lillard finished with 30 points, but he got most of those in the second half and struggled from the field by making only 8-of-26 attempts. Golden State did an outstanding job of defending the Blazers’ backcourt, forcing C.J. McCollum to go 5-of-17 from the field in a 12-point effort. Terry Stotts has to feel great about the way his bench played, though. This group was an amazing 16-of-22 from the field. Allen Crabbe had 15 points, six rebounds and three assists without a turnover. Ed Davis fouled out after playing only 19 minutes, but he still contributed 11 points, seven boards and three assists without a turnover.
– The 224 combined points went ‘over’ the 210-point total for the Warriors and Trail Blazers. The ‘over’ also hit for second-half bets (105, 221 adjusted).
– Miami routed Charlotte 106-73 as a six-point home favorite in Sunday’s Game 7 in South Florida. Goran Dragic was the catalyst with 25 points, six rebounds and four assists. Luol Deng added 15 points, eight boards and four assists.