The San Antonio Spurs might have the slight edge over Oklahoma City Thunder when it comes to the Western Conference standings, but their NBA odds say the advantage points the other way. This Thursday when Kevin Durant and company play host to their veteran rivals, we’ll see once and for all just who’s in the driver’s seat.
With 9/2 odds of winning the NBA championship, the Thunder trail only the Miami Heat when it comes to the league’s grand prize. The Spurs trail them with 7/1 NBA futures of their own.
That hasn’t stopped Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker from putting forth one of their most competitive seasons to date – and when you’re a franchise as decorated as the San Antonio Spurs, that says a lot.
If the playoffs were to start today it would be San Antonio in the No. 1 spot while OKC settles in at No. 2. It should be noted, however, that that’s exactly how the playoffs shaped up in 2012, when shortly thereafter the Thunder dismissed San Antonio in the Western Conference Finals.
Have the Thunder improved enough to last longer than five games in an NBA Finals ring with the Miami Heat? Have the Spurs found a way to combat OKC’s youth long enough to squeeze past them into a championship appearance of their own?