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Oklahoma City vs. San Antonio Game 1 Betting Pick

Time: 9 PM EST Monday May 19, 2014, TNT

Location: AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas

The San Antonio Spurs host the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.

In their last games: The Spurs beat the Portland Trailblazers 104-82 and the Thunder beat the L.A. Clippers 104-98.

The Spurs won their game facing the Blazers with their defense, as they forced 18 turnovers and held Portland to a FG% of 40.7%.

In their win over the Clippers Kevin Durant went for 29 points and they played good defense holding L.A. to a FG% of 42.1%.

This season the Thunder won all 4 games facing the Spurs.

We’re certainly not going to tell you that betting a higher percentage of underdogs is the best way to build your bankroll. But, if you follow that theory (we do), then why not get the best underdogs lines at this leading sportsbook. to check them out.

Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

The Thunder are 10-1-1 ATS in their last 12 games against the Spurs.

In the last 8 games between these 2 teams the total has gone Under 6 times.

The Thunder are 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 games in San Antonio.

Betting Odds

Point Spread: San Antonio -5.5
Total Line: 208.5
Money Line: Thunder +190 / Spurs -230

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Oklahoma City Thunder: 67-28 SU 50-42-3 ATS
San Antonio Spurs: 70-24 SU 50-44 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• OKC is 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 road games.
• OKC is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
• OKC has an Under record of 4-1 in their last 5 games.
• SA is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games.
• SA is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
• DA has an Over record of 5-1 in their last 6 games.
Sagarin Power Rankings
Oklahoma City Thunder: 96.37
San Antonio Spurs: 98.28

Key Player Injuries

Serge Ibaka F/C Sidelined May 15 calf Day-to-day

Tony Parker G Sidelined May 14 hamstring Day-to-day

Betting Pick:

The Thunder had their way the Spurs sweeping the season series, but you have to think it will be different without Serge Ibaka. Oklahoma City averaged 106 points per game versus San Antonio and I don’t think the loss of Ibaka will have much of an impact on that number. It’s the defense that will struggle without his rebounding. The Spurs could manage only 96 points per game in the 4 regular season matchups and that should go up substantially without Ibaka in the lineup.
Take the OVER 208.5.

Why waste money? Bet this game at and lay -105 instead of -110!

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