NBA Betting – It’s Desperate Time For the Thunder in Game 6

The Oklahoma City Thunder have to win Game 6 of the Western Conference championship series, but at least they have the San Antonio Spurs where they want them – at home, where they have beaten San Antonio nine straight times.

When NBA betting begins at 8:30 PM ET, the questions that will be hanging over the heads of the Thunder involve how they are going to get their defense to cover enough ground to thwart what the Spurs can do on the outside, which in turn greatly aids the ability of San Antonio to neutralize the effect of Serge Ibaka, who had such an impact after he came back to the lineup from a calf injury that was supposed to sideline him for the entire post-season.

We know that Ibaka has been sore, and in fact has been putting ice pack on that calf whenever possible. As his team returns home in this do-or-die game, can he contribute to making it as difficult as he did in the previous two games in Oklahoma City, when the Spurs were able to shot only 46% in the paint?

In the NBA betting odds that have been posted on this game by the people at BetAnySports, the Thunder are the favorites:

NBA Betting Odds Courtesy of BetAnySports USA Online Sportsbook

Oklahoma City Thunder -3

San Antonio Spurs +3

Over 206.5 Points -110

Under 206.5 Points -110

The Spurs seemed to get back to what they had been doing in the first couple of games of this series, where they beat OKC handily. Well, except for one thing – it wasn’t a matter of San Antonio just waltzing through the lane and getting whatever they wanted. In fact, they only had 40 points in the paint, which is a far cry from the 66 they had in Game 1. But what was interesting is that they were very selective and got high-percentage shots, because the Spurs were able to hit their shots from the three-point arc. As NBA bettors know, when you can hit 13 of them, as the Spurs did, you can reduce the amount of help the opponent gets in the middle.

Here the Thunder has a problem, as Reggie Jackson, who has been starting the last few games as defensive-minded Thabo Sefolosha is being phased out of the picture. Or at least he was. Jackson sprained an ankle a couple of games ago and is having all kinds of problems on defense with it. So he has had a devil of a time keeping up with the likes of Danny Green and Manu Ginobili, who combined to hit seven three-pointers on Thursday night. It’s just that the lateral movement isn’t there. So BetAnySports customers might be interested to see whether coach Scott Brooks elects to use Sefolosha and get a bigger man who can defend those wing players better.

If Sefolosha is ignored again, this really renders the Thunder’s bench much weaker. The San Antonio bench outscored OKC’s reserves by a 55-26 margin in Game 5, and maybe that’s a little deceiving in the sense that those guys tend to get in the game during a blowout. But whatever happens, Ibaka will have to do better than to make just one field goal in the paint and pull down only two rebounds. For the Thunder to advance, they need better work in the lane.

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