San Antonio has picked up their defensive intensity in recent games with the loss of Manu Ginobli.  Take the Under Tuesday night when the Spurs host the Dallas Mavericks.

Our Tuesday night NBA selection is on the Under in the Spurs/Mavericks game at San Antonio's AT&T Center.

San Antonio has been playing great defensive ball of late.  Two games ago, the Spurs held the Pistons to just 79 points, and that ranks as the their third-best effort this year.  And then, in the last game, San Antonio really pulled out the defensive stops and contained the Wizards to 67 points – easily their best defensive game of the year.

Now the Spurs will try for their third straight impressive defensive effort against their SW Division rivals, the Dallas Mavericks.

This will be San Antone's first home game since January, but one player who won't be in Silver-and-Black tonight is Manu Ginobili, sidelined with a stress fracture.  His absence earlier this season caused the Spurs' offense to often bog down, notwithstanding the contributions of rookie George Hill and free agent-signee Roger Mason, Jr.

And I expect a little more of that tonight.  Thus, between the absence of their Argentine superstar and with their surging defensive play, we'll look for a relatively low-scoring game in the Alamo City tonight.  Take the Under.

Free Pick: Mavericks-Spurs Under 190½ (-110)