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San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Free NBA Pick

Saturday, January 12 at 8:00 PM ET

Chesapeake Energy Arena

Coverage: NBATV

The San Antonio Spurs visit the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second game of their home-and-home series on Saturday night.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored a career-high 56 points to help the Spurs overcome a Russell Westbrook triple-double and beat the Thunder 154-147 in double-overtime last Thursday.

The Spurs set a franchise record by making their first 14 3-pointers and they were 16 of 19 overall from beyond the arc but they still needed two overtime periods to get past the Thunder, in part because Westbrook had 24 points, a career-high 24 assists and 13 rebounds and he was able to take care of the ball, with only three turnovers in 50 minutes.

Aldridge scored seven points in the second overtime and Derrick White added four points, a steal and a critical block of Jerami Grant at the rim with the Spurs up 148-144 with less than two minutes to play. White finished with a career-high 23 points and Marco Belinelli made all five of his 3-point shots while scoring 19 points. Aldridge was 20-for-33 from the field and 16-for-16 on free-throws.

San Antonio has won six of seven and 14 of 18 to close within a game of Oklahoma City for third place in the Western Conference, which adds even more interest to what should an extremely fun-to-watch contest.

Paul George scored 30 points and Grant added a career-high 25 points and 12 rebounds but he fouled out with 25 seconds left in the second overtime.

NBA Trends:

The Under is:

8-3 in San Antonio's last 11 games against Western Conference opponents

5-2 in San Antonio's last seven games against a team with a winning straight up record

5-1 in Oklahoma City's last six games when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game

15-5 in Oklahoma City's last 20 games when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game

6-2 in in Oklahoma City's last eight games against a team with a winning straight up record

19-7 in Oklahoma City's last 26 games after allowing more than 125 points in their previous game

5-2 in Oklahoma City's last seven games after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game

37-18 in Oklahoma City's last 55 Saturday games

4-0 in the last four meetings in Oklahoma City

6-2 in the last eight meetings

The Thunder came into Thursday's game having held opponents to 33.3 percent shooting from 3-point range, the third-lowest in the NBA and they clearly have to limit the Spurs's effectiveness from beyond the arc in order to beat them on Saturday.

DeMar DeRozan had a quiet game for his standards, scoring just 16 points with 11 assists on 7 of 22 shooting and the Spurs need a bounce back effort from him if they want to beat the Thunder again. Last Thursday showed what both teams are capable of on offense but my initial lean is on the Under because the total will likely be too high based on the last meeting.

NBA Pick: Under at Jazz Sports

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