Oklahoma City Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs
Tip-off: Monday, March 11, 2013 – 8:30 PM ET
AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
The San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder are one game away in the race for the Western Conference’s best record.
Oklahoma City has won five games in a row and will try to pull even with San Antonio who will be playing without Tony Parker in tonight’s marquee matchup at the AT&T Center.
According to the NBA live lines, the Spurs (48-15) lead the Thunder (47-16) for the conference’s top record, even though YouWager experts are still unsure just how important that may be since Oklahoma City didn’t have home-court advantage in eliminating San Antonio in six games in 2012’s conference finals.
These basketball teams have split two meetings this season, with Manu Ginobili missing both. He knows the challenge that Oklahoma City represents.
San Antonio will have to do once again without Parker, likely to miss four weeks with a Grade 2 left ankle sprain. The Spurs won their first two games without him before Friday’s 136-106 defeat versus the Portland Trail Blazers, marking the franchise’s worst loss in Tim Duncan’s 16 seasons and the second-worst ever at home.
The 136 points were the most by a San Antonio rival at the AT&T Center. Now the Spurs must try to slow down Durant, the NBA’s leading scorer at 28.4 points per game, and Oklahoma City, second in the league at 106.7 points per contest.
Durant’s 21.0 points per game versus San Antonio this season represent his lowest mark against any West foe. Spurs’ guard Danny Green shared his thoughts on defending the superstar.
Oklahoma City’s only lower point totals this season were in an 87-83 win versus the Blazers on Jan. 13 and an 86-84 loss against San Antonio in their Nov. 1 opener when Parker hit a winning shot at the buzzer.
These teams will end their season series April 4 in Oklahoma City.