San Antonio@ 11/10
This is the match-up that the Western Conference has been waiting for, actually what the whole of America will be glued to on their flat screens in the early hours of your Friday morning. There can be little argument that the Spurs and the Thunder are two of the powerhouses in the NBA and this kind of match-up would not look out of place in the grand final, sadly that of course can never ever happen.
The Spurs of course come here on a roll and took out the Warriors with no less than clinical efficiency by 111-90 last night and created a club record 19 stingers on the bounce. This however, represents a totally different ball game. During that run they have yet to meet a team that is what you would call a mismatch in style for them.
During their three season meet-ups to date the Spurs have been beaten by an aggregate of 19 points and only a Tony Parker with a brilliant 37 in the January game actually kept them in the contest.
While the Spurs are in the record chasing game at the moment, Kevin Durant is piling on the points for the home boys and is only two games shy of matching Michael Jordan’s 25 plus points in consecutive games, a truly awesome record.
This would be a seventh consecutive defeat for the Spurs if they have their win tag snapped, but it’s hard to see them not, at the very least, contending much closer than they have done in the three previous match-ups.
Remember, despite winning last night, coach Popovich has managed to rest some of his key players and is sure to go in all guns blazing especially as a victory here would give them a literally insurmountable five game cushion over their conference rivals. To do that they must boss the boards, not for half the game, but on 85% plus and Tim Duncan will have to be at his awesome best with Parker pulling the strings.
The odds of the match-up have the Spurs at 11/10 which are well worth taking, but also have a look at the handicap book with them giving up three points or more.