In an eagerly anticipated NBA face-off scheduled for Wednesday, the Oklahoma City Thunder will take on the San Antonio Spurs. This clash marks the second encounter of the season between these Western Conference teams, each positioned at opposite ends of the standings.
Here's a detailed preview, along with predictions and betting tips for the January 24th showdown. Riding high atop the Western Conference, the OKC Thunder are coming off a narrow 103-101 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday.
Tied with the Minnesota Timberwolves at a 30-13 record, the Thunder hold the tie-breaker advantage. They step into this back-to-back game buoyed by a three-game winning streak.
Spurs' Struggling Form
Conversely, the Spurs are reeling from a tough outing against Philadelphia, where Joel Embiid scored an astounding 70 points against them.
Returning from a challenging 1-4 road trip, the Spurs are languishing at the bottom of the Western Conference with an 8-35 record. The upcoming Thunder vs. Spurs game is set to take place at the Frost Bank Center in San Antonio, Texas, tipping off at 9:30 p.m.
EST. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN, with additional coverage on Bally Sports Oklahoma and CW35 in San Antonio. Betting lines for this matchup are as follows: Moneyline: Thunder (-280) vs Spurs (+235); Spread: Thunder -7 (-108) vs Spurs +7 (-112); Total (O/U): Thunder -110 (o241) vs Spurs -110 (u241).
In their first season meeting on November 14, the Thunder overwhelmingly defeated the Spurs 123-87 in Oklahoma City, a part of the 2023 NBA In-Season Tournament. This upcoming game marks the 186th regular-season meeting since their first game on November 9, 1976, when the Thunder were known as the Seattle SuperSonics.
Historically, the Thunder have won seven of their last 10 matchups against the Spurs. Projected lineups indicate the Thunder may only miss Olivier Sarr due to injury. Coach Mark Daigneault is likely to field Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Josh Giddey, Luguentz Dort, Jalen Williams, and Chet Holmgren.
The Spurs, dealing with injuries including a questionable Tre Jones, may start Devin Vassell, Doug McDermott, Julian Champagnie, Jeremy Sochan, and Victor Wembanyama. Betting tips suggest a cautious approach to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander's over/under of 32.5 points and a bolder bet on Victor Wembanyama surpassing his 22.5 points over/under.
Chet Holmgren, who's been averaging 17.1 points per game, is another player to watch, as betting on him to exceed 15.5 points could be worthwhile. Thunder are heavily favored to win and cover the spread in this matchup. The total points are also expected to fall under 241. This analysis should provide readers with a comprehensive understanding of the stakes in this exciting NBA encounter.