NBA Betting — Spurs Have Won Twelve Straight, But Get Points on Saturday Night

As of this moment, the San Antonio Spurs are the #1 team in the NBA. And they are riding a winning streak that has now reached twelve games. They are also the league’s best team when playing on the road. yet they are in the underdog role when they get together with the Golden State Warriors in NBA betting action that is scheduled to begin at 10:35 PM ET at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.

San Antonio, with a straight-up record of 52-16, is a game and a half ahead of both the Oklahoma City Thunder, in the race for the best record in the Western Conference, and the Indiana Pacers in the other race, for the NBA’s best overall record. They have been pretty good against the number (36-32 ATS), and that has actually been a lot better in road games (21-13 ATS). Golden State is at 44-26 on the season, which puts them in sixth place in the West standings, just a game and a half behind the Portland Trail Blazers. No one knows where any of these teams is going to land at season’s end, so there is no way to even project who gets to avoid who when they move up in the standings. Golden State is three games behind Houston, which is #4 in the West and would be in a position for home court advantage in an opening-round playoff series.

In the NBA betting lines that have been established at Bookmaker on this game, the Warriors are the slight favorites:

Golden State Warriors -2.5
San Antonio Spurs +2.5

Over 207 points -110
Under 207 points -110

San Antonio is truly one of those teams that has been able to navigate its way through a number of injuries, which included vital people in the rotation like Tony Parker, Tiago Splitter, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard. They have all missed significant stretches of time, yet Gregg Popovich, who is, as one erstwhile sports writer has said, “A little full of himself” but nonetheless has been masterful about the way he has handled things, especially considering that he also has to find opportunities for aging star Tim Duncan to get a rest now and then.

The Spurs are essentially in a co-favorite’s role with the Thunder to win the West, as far as the NBA futures odds at Bookmaker are concerned, as they are priced at +200. They are one of the teams for which it can be said that having home court advantage throughout the conference playoffs is not absolutely critical. Part of the reason we say it is that San Antonio has the best straight-up record as a visitor in the league, checking in at 26-8. So they wouldn’t be as handicapped by having to hit the road as much as, say the Los Angeles Clippers, who are 19-16 in that role.

NBA bettors also have to recognize that Golden State has been a tough “out” at home (23-11 straight-up), although they have been even better than that lately, with seven consecutive wins at the Oracle Arena. Stephen Curry has had to sit out one of the two meetings this season with San Antonio (both of them resulted in two-point victories for the Spurs and a split in the NBA betting odds), but he has rebounded from a scoring slump brought on by some little hurts to tally 27, 37, 23 and 31 points over his last four. Even though we have pointed out on occasion that the Warriors have done well in the win-loss record when he is under 20 points, we will also concede that against this hot Spurs team his maximum contribution will probably be required.
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