NBA Betting News and Notes Thursday 11/1

NBA Betting News and Notes Thursday 11/1

OKLAHOMA CITY (0 - 0) at SAN ANTONIO (1 - 0) - 11/1/2012, 9:35 PM

Top Trends for this game.
SAN ANTONIO is 50-28 ATS (+19.2 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
SAN ANTONIO is 40-20 ATS (+18.0 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
SAN ANTONIO is 28-10 ATS (+17.0 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.
SAN ANTONIO is 127-96 ATS (+21.4 Units) in home games first half of the season since 1996.
SAN ANTONIO is 12-3 ATS (+8.7 Units) after a division game over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
OKLAHOMA CITY is 7-5 against the spread versus SAN ANTONIO over the last 3 seasons
SAN ANTONIO is 7-5 straight up against OKLAHOMA CITY over the last 3 seasons
9 of 12 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


OKLAHOMA CITY vs. SAN ANTONIO
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games on the road
Oklahoma City is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Antonio's last 6 games
San Antonio is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games

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Re: NBA Betting News and Notes Thursday 11/1

NBA on TNT: Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs
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Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs (-2.5, 201.5)

After having the summer to stew over losing to LeBron James and the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder will tip off their 2012-13 season when they visit the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday. While the Thunder still boast three-time scoring champion Kevin Durant and fellow Olympian Russell Westbrook, they traded James Harden to Houston for Kevin Martin and Jeremy Lamb. Harden, who was the Sixth Man of the Year, agreed to a five-year, $80 million extension on Wednesday.

Despite finishing with the best record in West, the Spurs watched helplessly as Oklahoma City won four straight against them in the conference finals. The veteran Spurs will look to exact a small measure of revenge and feed off Wednesday's 99-95 triumph over New Orleans. Tim Duncan had 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field in the victory.

LINE: The Spurs opened as 2.5-point home favorites. The total has moved from 201 to 201.5 points.

ABOUT THE THUNDER (2011-12: 47-19): Harden's departure was the only ripple in an otherwise quiet offseason for Scott Brooks' club. Kendrick Perkins is expected to log plenty of minutes at center and improve upon a woeful 5.1 points per game - his lowest output since his sophomore season in the league. Guard Thabo Sefolosha and power forward Serge Ibaka will round out the starting lineup for Oklahoma City, which will have a tough road to repeat as Western Conference champions.

ABOUT THE SPURS (1-0, 0-1 ATS): Although Tony Parker started his season with a flourish on Wednesday by scoring 23 points, he was simply sensational in a 107-96 victory over Oklahoma City last Feb. 4. The Frenchman scored 42 points and added nine assists in the triumph. Swingman Kawhi Leonard put together strong spurts to finish with 19 points in the opener, which saw veteran guard Manu Ginobili sit out with back spasms.

TRENDS:

* Thunder are 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings.
* Over is 4-1 in the last five meetings in San Antonio.
* Over is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings.
* Favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.
* Home team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.

BUZZER BEATERS:

1. The Thunder also shipped Cole Aldrich, Lazar Hayward and Daequan Cook to the Rockets, who in turn sent two 2013 first-round picks to complete the Harden deal.

2. Parker's heroics aside, Oklahoma City won two of the three regular-season meetings between the clubs.

3. The Thunder led the league with an 80.6 free-throw percentage in 2011-12. The Spurs were 19th with a 74.8 percentage.

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