The oldest team in the NBA, San Antonio simply isn't the same team when playing without rest. Take the Toronto Raptors as home dogs Wednesday versus the Spurs.
Our Tuesday night NBA selection is on the Toronto Raptors plus the points at home over the San Antonio Spurs.
Last night San Antonio had a hard-earned victory against the New Jersey Nets, and that followed San Antonio's biggest win of the season – a 105-99 upset of Boston at TD Banknorth Garden. Toronto also comes into today's game off a win Tuesday night (at Minnesota).
But Wednesday night's game against the Raptors is an awful scheduling spot for San Antone. The Spurs are a much older ballclub than Toronto – indeed, the oldest team in the NBA is San Antonio – and will have more difficulty than the Raptors in rebounding off Tuesday night's game. The statistics bear this out.
Since February 2003, San Antonio is 49-59 ATS when playing with no rest; 180-158 ATS when playing with one day of rest; and 85-50 ATS when playing with two or more days of rest. Take Toronto as a live underdog here.
Free Pick: Raptors +6½ (-110)