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Vegas Play of the Day: San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder

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San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Danny Green (4), left, reacts with San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker (9) during the second half of Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball game, Thursday, June 6, 2013 in Miami. The Spurs defeated the Heat 92-88.

The hot streak keeps Bern-ing.

Taylor Bern hit yet another bet in the South Point-lined Play of the Day contest yesterday, leaving me scrambling to keep my starting $10,000 bankroll within a few thousand of the longtime leader.

San Antonio Spurs plus-3.5 at Oklahoma City Thunder: $550 to win $500

The home team has obliterated the visitors in every game this series. That’s what I keep hearing at least.

I’m not sure that’s what I’ve seen. No, I’ve seen the Spurs massacre the Thunder in all three games at the AT&T Center. At Chesapeake Energy Arena, I’ve seen the Thunder pick up a pair of impressive victories but not completely blow out the Spurs.

For the series, the Spurs have outscored the Thunder by 58 points. Take away the most recent outing — a 117-89 victory on Thursday — to even it out at two home games apiece and San Antonio still boasts a plus-30 scoring differential.

The Spurs came into this series the superior team, and they remain the superior team. Now is the time to act on that knowledge with an extra 1.5 points on the spread from what many sports books opened the first game between the two teams in Oklahoma City.

The home team, and favorite, winning and covering in every game feels like more of a random occurrence than a trend to use for profit going forward. Oklahoma City was far from unstoppable at home in the first two series of the NBA Playoffs, going 4-3 straight-up and 3-4 against the spread versus lesser teams than San Antonio.

San Antonio will solve its road woes just in time for the NBA Finals.

Standings: Bern (28-19-1, $11,850), Keefer (23-26, $8,588), Brewer (18-27-3, $4,450)

Case Keefer can be reached at 948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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