The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Golden State Warriors, 87-79, on Saturday. The Spurs’ victory, and the ability they showed to disrupt the Warriors’ offense, should open some eyes to San Antonio’s extraordinary season. The Spurs are 35-0 at home and are only three games behind the Warriors. The Oklahoma City Thunder hosts the Spurs, who are playing for the third time in four nights. Oklahoma City can move back as a contender in the Western Conference with a win against San Antonio on Saturday. The Spurs face a tough test in this one because the Thunder are playing well and are putting the post break struggles behind them. The Oklahoma City Thunder host the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, March 26, 2016, at 8 p.m. ET at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The basketball game will be broadcast on NBA TV.
The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has become a triple-double machine. In the five games since the 93-85 loss to San Antonio on March 12, the Thunder averaged 119.0 points per game and Westbrook has four triple-doubles with averages of 19.2 points, 12.0 assists and 10.8 rebounds. Westbrook solved the Spurs defense for 33 points on 12 of 23 shooting, and 10 assists in Oklahoma City’s home win in the season opener.
The San Antonio Spurs will be severely tested by a Thunder team who has been playing well. The last time these teams met, the Spurs’ top-ranked defense clamped down, holding OKC to 38.3 percent shooting and 11.1 percent from the 3 point line. The last game against San Antonio was the Thunder’s lowest point total of the NBA season. The Spurs will be playing their fifth game in a week span are sure to be worn down. We give the edge in this game to the Thunder who are playing well and will look to take advantage of that scheduling.