Coming off a humiliating loss, the Thunder try and get one back when the 2014 NBA playoffs shift to Oklahoma City for Game 3 against the Spurs. According to a May 25 SBN report, Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., will be the site for tonight’s postseason contest, which will be televised nationally on TNT and streaming live on TNT Overtime (online).
Opening tipoff is slated for 8:40 p.m. EST (7:40 p.m. CST/6:40 p.m. MST/5:40 p.m. PST) following the conclusion of NBA Tip-Off hosted by Ernie Johnson. After the pre-game show, Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Reggie Miller and David Aldridge will cover the action live from The Sooner State.
For the Oklahoma City Thunder, the absence of Serge Ibaka in the middle has certainly played a factor through two games. With seemingly no defensive presence down low, the Thunder have allowed an average of 117 points through in the Western Conference Finals, a number that will certainly not get it done in the postseason.
However, if a May 25 ESPN report is accurate, help could be on the way for Scott Brooks and the Thunder in the coming days. With that said, the obvious question now becomes: Can OKC get Serge Ibaka back on the court before it’s too late?
For the San Antonio Spurs, everything has gone according to planed through the first two games. The defending Western Conference champs have not only defended home-court, but they’ve also done it in impressive fashion.
As reported by Bleacher Report on May 25, the fact that Ibaka could rejoin the Thunder after being ruled out for the remainder of the postseason didn’t surprise anyone in the Spurs’ locker room. In fact, when Gregg Popovich heard the news, his first reaction was a sarcastic remark in which he stated the team “knew he’d be back”.
How will it all play out when the Oklahoma City Thunder [-3] host the San Antonio Spurs [+3] tonight? According to 2014 NBA playoffs oddsmakers, the home team is favored by three points and the OVER/UNDER is set at a combined total of 209 points. Straight-up betting lines have the Thunder valued at -140, the Spurs at +125, and here are some key statistics to keep in mind for tonight’s Game 3:
ATS Action Prior to TNT Natoinal TV Scheduled Start Time
Spurs spread: 49 percent.
Thunder spread: 51 percent.
OVER wagers: 68 percent.
UNDER wagers: 32 percent.
Trends Prior to TNT Overtime Free Live Stream Online
Spurs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Western Conference Finals games.
Spurs are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games versus a team with a winning straight-up record.
Spurs are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
Thunder is 14-3 ATS in their last 17 home games against teams with a road winning percentage of greater than .600.
Thunder is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss.
Thunder is 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight-up loss.
Spurs vs Thunder 2014 NBA Playoffs Game 3 Buzzer-Beating Stats
UNDER is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Oklahoma City.
Favorite is 8-2-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
Home team is 8-2-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
UNDER is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
San Antonio is 3-10-1 ATS in the last 14 meetings.
San Antonio is 0-7 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Oklahoma City.