Confidently Place Your NBA Pick on the Warriors -8 as Tired Spurs Will Struggle Tonight at Staples Center

Nikki Adams

Friday, February 20, 2015 6:11 PM GMT

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 6:11 PM GMT

In their second game in as many days, San Antonio Spurs look to bounce back at the expense of the Golden State Warriors. Find out what the NBA odds on offer are and what value NBA picks we're serving up.

San Antonio Spurs Look to Bounce Back
San Antonio Spurs look to bounce back from a narrow 119-115 loss to the LA Clippers on Thursday night, all while matched as the 3-point road faves across NBA betting odds. This time, in their second road game in as many nights, they enter as the distinct road pups, matched at whopping +300 NBA odds to win outright and as the 8.5-point road underdogs.

At the start of the season, the Spurs beat the Warriors 113-100 on the away to come through as the 7.5-point road pups. That they pulled off the feat against the highly-favored Warriors (also one of the NBA betting faves for the playoffs) augurs well. It'll be their second meeting at the Staples Center on Friday night, under similar market conditions.

The Spurs are seventh in the Eastern Conference behind a 34-20 mark, which includes a 20-7 mark at home but merely a 14-13 record on the road. It's obvious their playoff bid relies heavily on their home form at the moment. That said, they are in the midst of a nine-game road stretch, albeit broken up by the All-Star break (3 and 6 in a row). They've split the first four games winning against Indiana and Detroit while losing to Toronto and LA Clippers.

On the back of their most recent loss, they slipped to 7-3 in their last ten games. Against the spread, they are just 2-7-1 in their last ten games.

If the Spurs were hoping to make a statement ahead of their date with the Warriors, they failed spectacularly in the 119-115 loss, which saw them allow 54.5 percent shooting from the field. Overall, the Spurs are 23-29-2 ATS on the season; 13-14 ATS on the away. As the road pups, they are 5-4 ATS on the season,

The Spurs are averaging 100.7 points per game on 45.4 percent shooting and are allowing an average of 96.7 points per game on 44.2 percent shooting.

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Golden State Warriors Rested and Raring to Go
Golden State Warriors are set to play their first game since the All Star Break. They are well-rested and raring to go at the Oracle Arena, where they are tough to beat at the best of times. On the season, the high-flying Warriors have barely made a wrong step. They lead the Western Conference with an enviable 42-9 record, which includes an irreproachable 23-2 record at home and a 19-7 record on the road.

One of the two games they lost at home was to the Spurs earlier this season. So this is their chance at some payback when the Spurs come calling tonight, a little worse for the wear having played in Los Angeles on Thursday. Not that the Warriors needed any help, but will look to capitalise on those tired legs of the Spurs bench.

Odds makers confidently set the Warriors on whopping -360 NBA odds to win outright and as the 8.5-point home chalk. In fact, the NBA lines opened on 6.5-points before being bet up to 8.5-points at most online sports betting shops, an NBA betting trend underscored by an 18-6-1 ATS record at home as the faves and a 16-point win margin, which is the best record of the league at the moment.


NBA Betting Verdict: Typically, San Antonio Spurs strike an attractive pose on the NBA betting board, particularly as away underdogs against the spread. Consider the fact that they played and lost last night and take on only one of the best teams this season in their next game in as many nights, it's a tall order for the Spurs to keep up with the Warriors, never mind win. Take the Warriors across the board on your NBA picks.

NBA Picks: Warriors -8 at 5Dimes

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