OKLAHOMA CITY (Sporting Alert) — Western Conference powerhouses Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs square-off in what should be a high quality contest at Chesapeake Energy Arena here in Oklahoma City on Thursday night.
San Antonio (56-19) are 1.5 games ahead of Oklahoma City and will look to put a little more distance between the two sides with a win.
Both teams are 7-3 from the last 10 games, with Spurs coming into the contest with a 98-84 win over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night, while the Thunder (54-20), who are yet to play in April, beat the Milwaukee Bucks 109-99 on March 30.
“To get four days off is going to help your body and help your mind, just to give you some physical and mental rest is always good,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said.
“We know we’re playing one of the best teams in the league, and we’re going to focus on playing well against them.
“There’s no doubt they challenge you in a lot of different ways, but it’s good for us. It’s always good to play against the best teams down the stretch.”
Oklahoma City, who are giving up 97 points per game, are 32-5 at home, while San Antonio, which will be without Manu Ginobili, who remains out because of a hamstring injury, are 23-14 on the road.