After both teams had quite a bit of time to spend resting, the Western Conference Finals gets started on Sunday night in the Lone Star State, and we are set to make our Game 1 picks for the clash between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs.
NBA Matchup: #2 Oklahoma City Thunder @ #1 San Antonio Spurs Game 1
Date: Sunday, May 27th, 8:30 p.m. (ET)
Location: AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
NBA Playoffs Odds: San Antonio -5.5
NBA TV Schedule: TNT
This has been one of the most highly anticipated series over the course of the playoffs in either hockey or basketball, and for good reason. The Spurs and the Thunder are the top two seeds in the West, and save for the Miami Heat, they are largely looked at as the two best teams in the league as well. This is the one chance that we think that Oklahoma City has of pulling off the upset, though. The Spurs are the hottest team that we have seen in quite some time, going 18-0 SU and 15-2-1 ATS in their last 18 games overall dating back to the regular season, and the time off between finishing off the Utah Jazz and starting the series against the Los Angeles Clippers didn’t seem to make all that much of a difference. This time around though, this is a much different story. The Thunder are as good of a team as the Spurs will be facing, and though the boys in San Antonio have the depth, that shouldn’t come into play in this game. We think that Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have a great shot of firing the first salvo. We think that this is a 50/50 proposition, and that being said, we definitely want those points on our side for what should be the first close game in a very close series.
NBA Free Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder +5.5