Thunder host Spurs as Thursday Underdogs
- Updated: March 9, 2017
The Oklahoma City Thunder will be trying to end a four-game straight-up losing streak on Thursday when they host the red-hot San Antonio Spurs as 3-point underdogs on the betting lines.
Oklahoma City’s latest defeat came on Tuesday, when it dropped a 126-121 decision to the Portland Trail Blazers as 7-point home chalk. That ended a four-game SU win streak on home hardwood, and left the club stalled in seventh place in the Western Conference standings ahead of Thursday’s matchup at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Thunder’s loss to Portland comes on the heels of a dismal three-game road trip that featured SU and against the spread losses to the Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns, and Dallas Mavericks.
Oklahoma City was pegged as betting chalk in its road dates with Portland and Phoenix, and as slim 1-point underdog against the Mavericks. But a porous Thunder defense surrendered a whopping 112 points per game over those three losses, while Tuesday’s humbling by the Blazers marked the eighth time the club has allowed 120 or more points this season.
Not surprisingly, the club failed to cover in seven of those eight contests. However, the Thunder have proven to be a reliable bet at home this season, posting a 21-11 ATS record, second only to the Mavericks in the NBA’s Western Conference.
Thunder Own a Home ATS Trend vs. Spurs
Oklahoma City has also enjoyed success in recent home dates with the Spurs, posting SU and ATS wins in four of San Antonio’s past five visits to Chesapeake Energy Arena. That includes a pair of home wins by double-digit margins in its stunning six-game win over the Spurs in their Western Conference semi-final playoff matchup last spring.
However, the Thunder were outclassed in a 108-94 loss in San Antonio as 9.5-point underdogs on January 31, which marked the start of the Spurs’ current 14-2 SU run. That has kept San Antonio within striking distance of first-place Golden State in the Western Conference standings.
San Antonio tallied its ninth straight SU victory on Wednesday, overcoming a 22-point first-quarter deficit to record a 114-104 win over Sacramento. The Spurs were particularly dominant while holding the Kings to just 18 fourth-quarter points, but failed to cover as 11-point home chalk to extend their current ATS slide to five games.
Despite their recent struggles at the sportsbooks, the Spurs remain a strong road bet, covering in three of their past four including two ATS wins as double-digit chalk, and are also 7-3 ATS in their past 10 road dates when pegged as favorites of fewer than four points.
*Odds as of March 9, 2017