The NBA is set up with another great day of action on Tuesday. Six games are up on the board throughout January 12. One of these games will be between the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder. These two teams have had solid starts to this season and will look to earn a big win on Tuesday night. This game will tip off at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.
The Spurs have earned a record of 5-5 to this point in the season, which has them sitting in ninth place of the Western Conference. San Antonio lost their last game, but had won three in a row before that. The Spurs will look to bounce back after that loss in this one. This will be San Antonio’s third game in four nights and they will look to come out strong in this one.
Oklahoma City has earned a record of 5-4 so far this season, which has them in sixth place of the Western Conference. The Thunder have won three games in a row coming into this one and will look to keep that momentum up. Oklahoma City has been a surprising team early in this season and will look to continue to make a strong early season push with another win in this one.
These two teams have been strong to open up this season, which should lead to a good game on Tuesday night. The Spurs will look to get back to .500 with a win in this one, while Oklahoma City is looking to keep this winning streak up. The Thunder have surprised a lot of people early in this season, which should be a great game on January 12.
The Spurs and the Thunder met up four times throughout last season. San Antonio hosted the first game on November 7. Danilo Gallinari scored 27 points, while Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finished with 21 points. LaMarcus Aldridge dropped 39 points and Dejounte Murray scored 17 points and 10 assists as the Spurs earned a 121-112 win at home.
The second game of the season series stayed in San Antonio on January 2. DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, while LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander put up 25 points and 7 rebounds. Dennis Schroder scored 19 points off the bench to help propel the Thunder to a 109-103 win.
Oklahoma City hosted the third game of the season series back on February 11. Chris Paul dropped 31 points for the Thunder, but it was not enough. LaMarcus Aldridge and Dejounte Murray both finished with 25 points. Patty Mills added 20 points off the bench. San Antonio was able to bounce back with a 114-106 win over the Thunder.
The final meeting of the season series shifted to Oklahoma City on February 23. Rudy Gay finished with 14 points off the bench, while Marco Belinelli added 13 points off the bench. It was not enough for Oklahoma City though. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander put up 22 points and 13 rebounds. Steven Adams added 21 points and 14 rebounds. The Thunder’s starting lineup combined for 82 points as Oklahoma City won 131-103.
DeMar DeRozan has helped lead this San Antonio team this season. DeRozan is averaging 21 points and 7 assists per game. Dejounte Murray has averaged 16 points and 7 rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 15.5 points per game, while Patty Mills has averaged 15 points per game. Keldon Johnson and Lonnie Walker are both averaging 13 points per game. Rudy Gay rounds out the lineup, averaging 11.5 points.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is continuing to step up for Oklahoma City in his second season with them. He has averaged 21 points and 7 assists per game. Luguentz Dort is averaging 12.5 points per game. Hamidou Diallo and George Hill are both averaging 12 points per game. Al Horford and Darius Bazley are averaging around 11.5 points per game, while Mike Muscala has averaged 10.5 points per game.
These two teams have been led by their best player, but their success has come from the depth. Both teams have seen quite a few players average over 10 points per game coming into this one. DeRozan missed San Antonio’s game on Sunday for personal reasons and the Spurs will hope to have him back in this one. If he is not back, it could give a huge edge to the Thunder.
Field Goal Shooting
The Spurs have shot well from deep this season, but have struggled inside the paint. San Antonio has made 44.5 percent of their shots from the field, which is 23rd in the league. The Spurs are also shooting 39.2 percent from deep, which is 4th in the NBA. San Antonio has also made 47.1 percent of their shots from inside the arc, which is last in the league.
Oklahoma City has been solid shooting throughout the early part of the season. The Thunder have been able to make around 45.1 percent of their shots from the field, which is 18th in the NBA. Oklahoma City has been able to shoot 33.5 percent from behind the arc, which is 27th in the league. The Thunder have made 55.4 percent of their shots from in close, which is 6th in the NBA.
These two teams have shot very opposite throughout this season. San Antonio has been better from deep, while the Thunder have been efficient from in close. Oklahoma City has been better on defense this season as well. The Thunder have held opposing teams to a 33.8 percent from deep and 52.5 percent from in close.
The Spurs are coming into this one after a tough loss to the Timberwolves in their last game. These two teams split the season series last season and I expect another good series this season. San Antonio is the more consistent team in my mind and I like them to earn the win in this one. Oklahoma City is on a nice run, but I think that the streak ends in this one.
BetOnline has the Spurs listed as a -2 ½ against the spread. This gives a solid edge to San Antonio. I agree with this line as the Spurs are the better team to me. San Antonio has more consistent offense and if they can slow down the Thunder, they should be able to earn a win in this one. The Spurs should be able to take over early, which should help them cover.