San Antonio Spurs (3-7) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (6-4)
San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder 11/14/23 – In the National Basketball Association’s current season, one of the most intriguing matchups can be seen when San Antonio Spurs (with an overall record of 3-7) take on Oklahoma City Thunder (6-4). Slated for Tuesday November 14, 2023, this matchup between two distinctive teams promises to provide an exceptional display of basketball – appealing both fans and bettors looking for free NBA picks alike.
Even with their unfavorable record, the Spurs have displayed significant prowess recently despite their subpar record, especially on offense. Their average of 113 points per game comes with 47.3% shooting efficiency from the field; three-point shooting hovering around 35% makes an impressive showing; 41.9 rebounds per game demonstrate strength here as well. Unfortunately however, defensive strategies have been an area of weakness which was evident by recent game outcomes.
Conversely, Oklahoma City Thunder have shown more consistent form in terms of scoring efficiency. Averaging 115.9 points per game while shooting 49% accuracy shows their ability to capitalize on scoring opportunities and take advantage of three-point shooting at 37.5% while maintaining an 85.8% free throw percentage adds depth and versatility to their offensive arsenal. Although they have made improvements on defense as well, further growth potential remains.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder 11/14/23 Game Info
|When:||Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at 7:30 PM ET|
|Stream:||NBA League Pass|
Victor Wembanyama (C) vs. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (PG)
Victor Wembanyama has emerged as a key member of the San Antonio Spurs during a season beset with challenges for his team. Averaging 19.7 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, Wembanyama has proven himself invaluable both offensively and defensively – blocking an average of 2.4 shots each game to create an intimidating defensive presence in the paint while his average turnover rate of 3.8 suggests room for growth regarding ball handling skills and decision-making abilities.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of Oklahoma City Thunder has had an outstanding season. Averaging 29.4 points, 7 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game has been pivotal to their team’s success; his impressive skill set including scoring and playmaking creates major obstacles for opponents while his average of 2.1 steals per game is testament to his defensive prowess.
On-court confrontation between Wembanyama and Gilgeous-Alexander should make for an entertaining showdown, pitting Wembanyama’s defensive skills against Gilgeous-Alexander’s varied offensive talents and providing one individual matchup to have significant ramifications on both direction and outcome of the game.
NBA Odds/Point Spread: Oklahoma City Thunder -300, Total Odds: 236
The current betting odds favor the Oklahoma City Thunder, not surprisingly given their superior record and recent form. The total odds set at 236 points suggest a high-scoring affair, aligning with both teams’ offensive capabilities.
San Antonio Spurs Betting Trends
The Spurs have struggled against the spread (ATS), going 1-4 in their last five games. This trend indicates their inconsistency in performing up to expectations. Additionally, the total has gone OVER in 7 of their last 7 games, highlighting their potent offense but also their defensive vulnerabilities.
Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Trends
Conversely, the Thunder have been solid ATS, going 4-1 in their last five games. This demonstrates their ability to not only win but also cover the spread consistently. The total has gone UNDER in 5 of their last 6 games against Western Conference opponents, which could indicate a potential shift in the total points for this matchup.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder 11/14/23 Betting Picks
In analyzing both teams’ performance and trends, the Oklahoma City Thunder emerge as the more reliable pick. Their consistent scoring, combined with a relatively stronger defense, gives them the edge in this matchup. The Spurs’ inability to cover the spread in recent games further tilts the balance in favor of the Thunder.
For those interested in sports handicapping, the smart money might be on the Thunder to cover the spread. The over/under is trickier, given both teams’ offensive prowess and the Spurs’ tendency to be involved in high-scoring games. However, considering the Thunder’s recent trend of unders against Western Conference teams, the under might be a tempting choice.
Free Pick & Prediction: Oklahoma City Thunder 120, San Antonio Spurs 110