The Spurs pushed it to the brink last season, coming up just short of the ultimate goal of winning another title. Let’s see what the Spurs have been up to so far this summer, and see if there is any value in them in a future NBA odds bet.
The Spurs were once again a solid regular season and playoff team SU, but they really became a solid ATS sports pick once the postseason came around. The Spurs were a combined 53-48-2 ATS in the regular season and the playoffs, but their postseason performance of covering is what made them good NBA picks for the season. San Antonio was 14-7 ATS during the playoffs, as they cruised to the NBA Finals.
They were the 4th best scoring team in the NBA a season ago, and their defense was nothing to laugh at either. They led the league in assists in 2012-2013, and it looks as if they have another star in the making in Kawhi Leonard. While they fell just short of a title after basically giving away Game 6 of the Finals, the Spurs were faced with several decisions, and they have decided to double down.
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The biggest question for this team heading into the summer was the free agency of two players, Tiago Splitter and Manu Ginobli. Both are on their way back to the Spurs this season, as Ginobli’s contract was cut in half, and the remaining money was given to Splitter in a deal worth $10 million this upcoming season, and then around $8½ million per season for the next three years after that.
Those two moves were crucial and needed in San Antonio, and with the little money they had left, they signed former Chicago Bull, Marco Belinelli to a $3 million per year contract. Belinelli will add shooting, passing and even some ball handling to the Spurs’ bench, as he will act as an insurance policy in case Ginobli or Tony Parker go down in the long-term.
With all things considered, this team’s window is still open, and the odds makers aren’t giving them much love once again this offseason, but they are a much better favorite than they were at this time last season.
Future odds value
The Spurs are +1200 in the NBA Odds to win the title this upcoming season, and although it’s slightly better than where they stood at this time last season, why wouldn’t they have value? Tim Duncan had another career year a season ago, and Parker is still in his prime. Taking away from my NFL Offseason articles, their one question this season is health, because if they stay healthy, a return to the NBA Finals is a good bet. They are still one of the best three teams in the West, and still one of the top five teams in the NBA, and their odds this summer do not reflect that. Don’t underestimate the Spurs, as many have done over the past several seasons.
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