Bet Warriors ATS Over Spurs for Tonight's NBA Picks

Megan Rochester

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 10:45 PM GMT

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 10:45 PM GMT

Don't miss out as our own expert handicapper previews tonight's matchup between the Spurs vs. Warriors and offers valuable insight complete with our choice NBA picks.

San Antonio Spurs vs. Golden State Warriors
I walked around the office with my tail tucked between my legs all morning after busting on my prediction from last night’s Spurs vs. Clippers game. I told you guys not to bet on the spread and go ‘Over’ on the Total. Yeah, well, they went Under - and way Under at that. The O/U was 202 and the Spurs squeaked out a 89-85 snoozer over the Clippers putting the total at 174. However, for tonight's NBA picks I’m taking another look at San Antonio as they visit the Golden State Warriors tonight at the Oracle Arena.

 

Roll Out the Red Carpet…to the Spurs Bench
I just moved into a new apartment, and for me, it’s almost impossible to fall asleep in a new place when everything isn’t settled. But, my sleep may get a boost tonight because I’m going to bore myself to dreamland watching Spurs’ second game of a back-to-back. Coach Gregg Popovich will most likely bench his elites for the late game tonight. He showed us he isn’t afraid to do so this year as he benched the entire starting 5 in the Rockets game last week.

Last season, exactly a year ago, the Spurs played a back-to-back game and guess what? Tim Duncan didn’t play in the second game of the back-to-back against the Pheonix Suns. They played five back-to-back games last year from the middle of November to the middle of December. Timmy didn’t play in 40 percent of the second games in those series, and he only played more than 15 minutes in 2-5 of the second games in those series. Oh, and guess what else! One of the second games he was benched in during that time period was against none other than the Golden State Warriors. Manu Ginobili also rode the bench alongside Duncan that night.

Now, don’t get me wrong, Pop is a great coach, and a smart one at that, but he is also a play-it-safe kind of coach. Being conservatively early in the season has proven to be the right thing to do. I mean his method proved itself since the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy from last year currently resides in San Antonio, am I right? It’s so early in the season. Coaches don’t know their players, there are early injuries with players like Westbrook and Durant already out, rebuilding teams are figuring out who their starters are going to be night to night, I mean, the list goes on and on.

I agree with Pop on this. Why exhaust your talent on games so early in the season? You risk healthy, prime-time players in the part of the season where everyone is just warming up.  I do feel bad for all you fans out there who bought tickets thinking you would see a showstopper versus the real Spurs tonight.

Still don’t believe me about the game? Well, the oddsmakers seem to agree with me. In three hours, the spread has jumped from the opening 5 point advantage to the Warriors to an 8 point advantage. I’m not the only one doing my research.

 

Golden State Looks to Rebound from First Loss
Golden State is going to live up to their name tonight. Full-fledged Warriors. They should come out tonight fresh, rested and looking for blood on their home turf. They’ve got to be really pissed off after their first loss of the season to the 4-3 Pheonix Suns this past Sunday. Now, they are back in their house looking to get back on the winning track.

The Warriors have excellent defense. SBR handicapper David Lawrence stating in his article released earlier this morning:
“They’re allowing an average of 94.8 points per game, fifth best in the NBA. With Golden State’s potency on offense, that level of defensive efficiency is going to get the Warriors to win a lot of games if this team can keep it up over 82 contests through the middle of April.

I have to agree with the man. They’re defense is on point, but the Spurs’ D ain’t half bad either. In fact, they are 6th in points allowed per game, right behind the Warriors. I’m calling for an Under on the NBA odds tonight.

 

Final Thoughts
Make this game an exciting one for your bets tonight, lay down on the Warriors as the favorite, and do it now before oddsmakers read this article and jump the spread even more.

Free NBA picks: Golden State -8.5 at 5Dimes

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