San Antonio Spurs vs Oklahoma City Thunder: Prediction,Key Players,Injuries

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The San Antonio Spurs take on the Oklahoma City Thunder on Christmas afternoon at the AT&T Center.

The game is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. CT and will be televised on ABC. The game can also be heard on the radio on WOAI 1200 AM.

This is the first matchup of three between the two Western Conference powerhouse teams.

How will the Spurs fare against the Thunder? We take a look at recent history, injuries, and key players to predict the outcome of the game!

San Antonio Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs are 18-11 overall and 9-4 at home. The Spurs are coming off a 125-118 home victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. Tony Parker (hamstring) returned after missing the previous five games. He led the Spurs with 26 points.

Oklahoma City Thunder

The Oklahoma City Thunder are 13-16 overall and 6-9 on the road. They are coming off a tough 115-111 OT loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. Russell Westbrook led the way with 40 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists.

Injuries

San Antonio Spurs

Kawhi Leonard– Kawhi Leonard is out with a bruise on his right hand.

Patty Mills- Patty Mills remains out with a right shoulder injury.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Kevin Durant– Kevin Durant is out with a mild sprained ankle. Status change is possible before game.

Players to Watch For Oklahoma City Thunder

Russell Westbrook- Russell Westbrook is arguably the best player in the NBA right now. Yes I said it! While teammate Kevin Durant has been out for a good portion of the year, it has been Westbrook that has been dominating. In the 13 games since Westbrook’s return, he is averaging 29.5 points, 7.4 assists, 6.4 rebounds and 2 steals. The Spurs will have their hands full with him.

Reggie Jackson– With Durant potentially missing tomorrow’s contest, Reggie Jackson will be asked to do more. Jackson has been good this season, as he is averaging 16.3 points, 5.4 assists and 4.7 rebounds. After cooling off when Durant returned, Jackson has picked it back up as he has scored at least 19 points in the last three games.

Serge Ibaka– One thing has been certain so far this season, Serge Ibaka has had a quieter year than expected. With Westbrook and Durant missing time, it was expected for Ibaka’s production to rise significantly, but that hasn’t happened. Ibaka is still a player to key in on, as he is averaging 14.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.4 blocks.

Prediction

98. 149. . 103. 29

Assuming Durant misses, the Spurs will win the contest. The Spurs are deeper than the Spurs at every position, with the exception of point guard. The Spurs will feed off their home crowd and will beat a team that is being carried offensively by one player on a daily basis. A good Christmas present for Spurs fans.

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