Oklahoma City Thunder (29-13) vs. San Antonio Spurs (8-34)
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs 1/24/24 – The NBA season is heating up as the Oklahoma City Thunder, boasting a strong 29-13 record, prepare to face the struggling San Antonio Spurs with a record of 8-34. This matchup, set for Wednesday is stirring significant interest among fans and bettors alike, looking for basketball free tips. The game is scheduled to take place at the Frost Bank Center at 9:30 PM ET and will be broadcasted live on ESPN, promising an exciting clash between two contrasting teams in the league.
The Thunder have been an impressive team this season, showing their strength and consistency. Their impressive record attests to their offensive prowess with an average of 121.7 points per game scored at 50.4% field goal percentage and 39.1% from beyond the arc shooting efficiency. Their defensive prowess has been equally impressive with 8.3 steals per game and 6.4 blocks on average while controlling rebounding by averaging 41 rebounds a contest being an integral factor of their success.
San Antonio Spurs have struggled mightily this season. Yet despite these setbacks, they’ve shown glimpses of potential in their offensive play averaging 112.5 points per game and boasting a 46% field goal percentage and 34.6% three-point success rate from three. Rebounding has been one of their strengths averaging 43 rebounds per game; this slightly exceeds that of Thunder. But their higher turnover rate (14.3 per game) has contributed greatly to their struggles.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs 1/24/24 Game Info
|Wednesday, January 24, 2024, at 9:30 PM ET
|Frost Bank Center
|NBA League Pass
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (PG) vs. Victor Wembanyama (C)
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has taken his game to new heights in this NBA season, emerging as an MVP candidate for the Thunder. In 41 games, he is averaging a career-best 31.1 points per game on highly efficient 50.4% shooting from the field. SGA is also contributing 6.3 assists and 5.6 rebounds while playing nearly 35 minutes per game as the Thunder’s do-it-all franchise cornerstone. His strengths lie in his patience, craft and scoring touch at all three levels.
Meanwhile, Victor Wembanyama has lived up to the hype as the #1 overall pick in his rookie campaign. In 36 games, he’s stuffing the stat sheet with 19.9 points, 10.1 rebounds and a staggering 3.2 blocks per game. Wembanyama is incredibly versatile on both ends of the court, using his length and mobility to impact games in a variety of ways. He has struggled with foul trouble and turnovers at times, but his rare physical tools give him perhaps the highest ceiling of any big man prospect ever.
This matchup will pit SGA’s methodical, high-efficiency scoring attack against Wembanyama’s explosive and disruptive interior presence. If SGA attacks the basket aggressively he may draw fouls on the shot-blocking phenom, but he must stay disciplined navigating the paint. Wembanyama can erase shots with ease, but keeping up with SGA on the perimeter could prove challenging. This duel should showcase two elite young talents at contrasting positions and styles.
NBA Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD
The betting odds and point spreads for this game are yet to be determined, reflecting the unpredictable nature of the matchup. However, given the Thunder’s impressive record and the Spurs’ struggles, it is likely that the Thunder will enter as favorites.
Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Trends
The Thunder have been solid against the spread this season with a 29-33 ATS record. They are 12-8 ATS on the road, showing an ability to take care of business away from home. OKC has gone over the total in 12 of their last 21 road games as well. With a fully healthy roster, this is an offense capable of putting up points in bunches.
San Antonio Spurs Betting Trends
It’s been a rough year betting on the Spurs, evidenced by their 18-42 ATS record. However, they have gone over the total in 14 of their last 19 home games. Even in losses this Spurs team plays at a fast pace and putting up points has not been a problem. The Thunder have enough defensive weaknesses for the Spurs young athletes to exploit.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs 1/24/24 Betting Picks
Considering the teams’ current form and statistics, the Thunder appear to be the stronger side and a safer bet. Their offensive efficiency and defensive capabilities give them an edge over the Spurs. For those seeking premium advice today, focusing on the point spread and considering the OVER for the total points might be worthwhile, given the trends and the offensive strengths of both teams.
Free Pick and Prediction: Oklahoma City Thunder 118, San Antonio Spurs 105.