San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Preview
To me, there is nothing like a Saturday in January when all NBA fans have to accept that they are not America’s number one sport. But the die-hard NBA fans don’t mind because they will get to tune into a great Thunder vs Spurs rematch. This time in Oklahoma City.
In case you missed it, Thursday night’s double-overtime game ended with the Spurs coming out on top 154-147. If you did, you missed out on one of the NBA’s best games this season. Both teams combined for a whopping 301 total points which was the first 300-point NBA game since 2006. In that game, Mike D’Antoni, who was coaching the Phoenix Suns, took down the New Jersey Nets. Since then, D’Antoni has coached 3 different teams and the Nets moved across two rivers. So, it’s amazing to think that since the 3-ball has evolved more into the game that the Warriors haven’t been in a 300-point game.
Time: 8:00pm ET
Arena: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
Channel: NBA TV
San Antonio Spurs Starting Lineup
LaMarcus Aldridge joined the 50-point club on Thursday night with 56 points. That was his first 50-point game and he also went 16 for 16 from the line, which is not bad for a big fella.
The Spurs were also hot from deep, connecting on all 14 of their first 14 three-point attempts.
Role players like Spurs guard Derrick White played well. White scored 23 and added several rebounds and assists. White also helped San Antonio by playing over 40 minutes.
After playing in double OT on the second game of a back-to-back, and with only one day of rest, I wonder if they’ll have enough in the tank for another double overtime game.
Oklahoma City Thunder Starting Lineup
I would expect the Thunder to be more motivated at home after a heartbreaking road loss. Especially when they are playing the same team from two days ago and they are on a three-game losing streak. We all know Westbrook will be out to get another triple-double. He told reporters after Thursday’s game that “It’s a tough place to play, a tough night, but we’ll see them again on Saturday, so we’ll be ready to go.”
Steven Adams left Thursday’s game due to his ankle and is currently listed as day-to-day. If he does play, then his defensive effort will need to be much better and it should be personal for him to not let Aldridge have another big game.
The Thunder are a younger team than the Spurs and should be able to recover faster. I would expect an extra decibel from Thunder fans after seeing Thursday’s double overtime loss. However, I wonder how many people in football-crazy Oklahoma will be fully interested in the NBA. Even if they are big Thunder fans, NFL playoffs are tough to compete with. I will still go with the Thunder to pick up a home win. I could always go some more overtime, but that is the last thing both of these teams want. With such an exciting Thursday night in San Antonio, what will happen for an encore in Oklahoma City.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Odds
Oklahoma City is a -5.5 point favorite to protect their home court tonight. The over/under is 226 points, and there has been no movement on the moneyline, where Oklahoma City opened at -220.
The Thunder are 13-6 at home and 20-13 as the favorite. San Antonio is 7-13 on the road and 10-11 as the underdog.
DraftKings & FanDuel Fantasy Picks
Stud players for tonight’s game are Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook and San Antonio’s DeMar DeRozan.
Westbrook ($12.4k) is projected for a big game against San Antonio. He had a triple-double on Thursday night and has a projection of 55.77 points on FanDuel. DeRozan ($9.1k) is expected to bounce back from a rough Thursday night performance with a projection of 40.74 points.
Value players are Jerami Grant ($5.4k) who was huge on Thursday. He is projected for 28.09 points, and Derrick White ($5.6k), who has performed extremely well and has shown tremendous growth this season. He is expected to finish with 22.83 points on FanDuel.
Find all of our Fanduel and Draftkings projections here: https://www.lineups.com/nba/nba-fantasy-basketball-projections.