Joe D'Amico's NBA Western Conference Final's Game of the Year
Oklahoma City vs. San Antonio,
05/27/2012 20:30 EDT,
Score: 98 - 101
Point Spread: -5/-108 San Antonio
Today's winner is San Antonio over Oklahoma City. This is my Western Conference Finals Game of the Year.
Boasting an 8-1 playoff record, Oklahoma City has done well. Let's face it, they swept last season's NBA champion Mav's, however Dallas wasn't near the same team they were a season ago. They then took down the Lakers in 5 games but after Kobe Bryant, LA had no consistency. The Thunder, like the ousted Sixers are a team of the future. The problem is the present. This young team has an overall lack of playoff experience. I foresee another big problem in this matchup. The Spurs rotate 10 players. It is just too difficult to make quick adjustments for the Thunder. San Antonio is 32-5 SU at home, going 28-8-1 ATS this season. Parker, Ginobili, and Duncan have been together forever. Green and Leonard are each shooting 45% or better from beyond the arc this post-season. And late season acquisitions, Diaw and Jackson put the unit over the top. Experience, bench, and depth all go to the Spurs. SA won and covered 2 of 3 over OKC this year. The Thunder are 2-7 ATS their L9 vs. the Spurs and 0-4 ATS their L4 games played vs. teams with a winning percentage of over .600. The Spurs are 22-4-1 ATS their L27 games played at home and 14-6 ATS their L20 Conference Final games. Take San Antonio. Thank you.