San Antonio Spurs vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction Spread and Trends to Watch - 11/07/2021

by James Q

San Antonio Spurs vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction Spread and Trends to Watch - 11/07/2021

Game Time: 7:00 PM ET, Sunday, November 7th, 2021 
Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Where to Watch: NBA TV

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VegasInsider:  Spread: PK  : O/U 212

Season Record 

Spurs: 3-6 (12 place, Western Conference)
Thunder: 2-6 (13th place Western Conference)

The Spurs beat the Orlando Magic on Friday night and for what it is worth winning 1 game in San Antonio is “being on a roll” these days. Dejounte Murray is San Antonio’s best player and if he were behind you in line at the Local 7-11 you wouldn’t recognize him.  The ghost of NBA season past remembers the Spurs always having 3-4 famous faces as they held down a 20 year dynasty.  The game before last (Wednesday night) they got beat by the Dallas Mavericks, an average NBA team, by 1 point. The Spurs first loss this season was game #2 against the Denver Nuggets, then a tumble started with losses to the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, and Dallas Mavericks.  It has been 2-2 since.

The Thunder won their last matchup in dramatic fashion against the Los Angeles Lakers (without LeBron James)... they fell behind by as much as 19 points in the 2nd quarter… But led by young star player Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, OKC picked up the pace and stayed on the Lakers heels all game until they snuck away the win in the final minutes 107-104.  It was only their second win off their first 8 games.  The other win also came against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday Oct, 27th when the Lakers failed to contest shots and rookie Josh Giddey announced his arrival to the league by netting 18 pts and 10 rebounds from the backup guard spot.  The Thunder you watch this season will be different next season and different again the season after that.  They are rebuilding aggressively by trading for picks and drafting outside of the box.  Three years from now Shai Gilgeous, Darius Bazley, and Josh Giddey will be the only names left from the 2021-22 Thunder (if they stay healthy).  The Thunder have lost to the likes of the Houston Rockets, the Utah Jazz, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Golden State Warriors (twice),  and the Los Angeles Clippers.  They may fare better against other young teams like the New orleans Pelican, the Charlotte Hornets, and the Memphis Grizzlies… but they will never be above .500 this season.  They don’t want to be.  

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Spurs vs Thunder Preview and Analysis. 

The Spurs are 3-6 on the season, but 6-3 ATS.  They have been a solid team to bet on.  They have notched 4 OVERS and 5 UNDERS, so they still put an emphasis on defense reflective of their hall of fame coach.  As far as the record goes they are 2-3 at home and 1-3 on the road. You will see NBA predictions that favor the Spurs all throughout the season… even when their record gets bad.  Everyone knows Pop will have them playing hard, well executed ball whether they have enough talent or not.

The Thunder are 2-6 on the season, but 4-4 ATS.  They have not been a good or safe bet.  Like lots of young teams in constant flux, they perform well sometimes and stop at brick city other times. They have notched 2 Overs and 6 Unders.  Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is their Star player.  He does everything from the Point Guard position well, but the engine that makes this team play well is Luguentz Dort. He is a scrappy, emotional, unheralded player that will give you full effort on defense all the time. Dort’s stats don’t jump off the page.. His hustle jumps off the court.

Offensive Analysis

San Antonio is 13th in points per game 108.9, 24th in rebounds 44.4, 2nd in Ast/To ratio 2.0, and 11th in blocks 5.6 a game.  They aren’t winners 

OKC Thunder are 29th in points with 98 per, 16th in rebounds 45.1 per, 27th in Ast/To ratio 1.3, and 29th in blocks 3.8.  They are holding their spot in the league and racing toward the next NBA draft.  Don’t bet on them to win… except maybe if they are playing the Lakers at Staples Center?

San Antonio Spurs vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction 

Our prediction for Sunday, November 7th is…  Spurs 109 - Thunder 98

Spurs and the UNDER.  

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NBA Betting Trends

The Spurs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games.
The Spurs are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games on the road.
The Spurs are 4-1 ATs in their last 5 games versus a Western Conference opponent.

Injury Reports:
Spurs:  C Jakob Poeltl (covid-19) Out indefinitely ** PF Zach Collins (ankle) Out indefinitely

Thunder: F Gabriel Deck (heel) Quest.  (not an impactful player)

Starting Lineups

Spurs: PG Dejounte Murray, SG Derrick White, SF Doug McDermott, PF Keldon Johnson, C Drew Eubanks

Thunder: PG Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, SG Luguentz Dort, Sf Josh Giddey, PF Darius Bazley, C Derrick Favors

Statistical Leaders

Points: Dejounte Murray 18.4
Rebounds: Jakob Poeltl 9.7
Assists: Dejounte Murray 8.2
Steals: Dejounte Murray 2.1
Blocks: Jakob Poeltl 1.1

Points: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 23.5
Rebounds: Darius Bazley 6.2
Assists: Josh Giddey 6.1
Steals: Josh Giddey 1.6
Blocks: Darius Bazley 0.9

Spurs:  Greg Poppovich.  One of only five coaches in NBA history to have five NBA titles.  He doesn’t like the trend of 3-pointers over quality shots that the NBA has shifted to… he is looking his age… he will soon hand this team over to Becky Hammond.

Thunder:  Mark Daigneault.  A rookie NBA coach.  He was born in 1985.  huh.


James Q

About the Author:

James Q. has been involved with sports and gambling his entire life. A former division 1 scholarship basketball player, James understands sports (and especially basketball) inside-and-out. Following his basketball playing days, James parlayed his gambling skills into a semi-pro poker career. James resides in Los Angeles, and especially loves the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Rams, and Los Angeles Dodgers. And when he isn't betting on sports (and writing about it), James can be found performing stand-up comedy on the Sunset Strip.

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