NBA Picks: Hornets vs. Spurs

Joe Catalano

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 4:02 PM GMT

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 4:02 PM GMT

The New Orleans Hornets are a revived team, having won 7 out of their last 10 games. Can the Hornets carry the momentum into this game and give Parker, Duncan, and Coach Pop a run for their money?

Wednesday night might be different as they travel to Texas to face the San Antonio Spurs. Tip-off is scheduled for Wednesday at 8:30 pm ET at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.

5 Dimes Sportsbook currently lists the Spurs as a 10 point betting odds favorite and the total for the game is 193.

It’s young vs. old and this should be not only a good game to bet but an exciting game to watch.

Tony Parker vs. Greivis Vasquez

I’ve got news for you, folks. Times have changed and this matchup is a “dead heat”. You have Tony Parker that can pass the ball primarily to Tim Duncan, can shoot the basketball, and also take it to the hole, while you have the young upstart in Vasquez that’s a walking triple-double.

With his great size, Vasquez can give Parker some problems, but then again, Tony Parker, is relentless and unstoppable when he needs to be.

In his last 5 games, Vasquez is averaging 15.2 points, 9 assists, and 5.8 rebounds per game. These are Jason Kidd-like numbers in his prime and Greivis Vasquez always looks for the open man, just like Kidd. This allows Eric Gordon and Anthony Davis, who are just starting to come into their own, more offensive opportunities, and that’s why the Hornets have been winning lately.

Tony Parker on the other hand, looks for his offense a bit more than Vasquez, but if Manu Ginobili or Tim Duncan has the hot hand, Parker will feed them the ball all night long.

The Ageless Wonder

Tim Duncan isn’t just getting older, he’s getting better. Duncan has found a second wind in his career after being an MVP candidate for so many years.

I watched Duncan on Monday, MLK Jr. Day against the 76’ers. When playing well, Duncan is by far the best player on the court. Against the Sixers, he was unstoppable! He had 24 points and 17 rebounds. San Antonio dominated most of the way and Tim Duncan hit the timely shots and came up with rebounds when needed. The 76’ers didn’t have enough gas in the tank or time on the clock to come from behind.

Coach, Gregg Poppovich, strategically plays Duncan depending on how well the Spurs are playing and Tiago Splitter is always there to provide backup for Duncan. Can Tim Duncan outsmart and outplay yet another young basketball team; should we back him and the spurs for our NBA free picks?

Anthony Davis listed Questionable

Davis was having a monster 1st half with 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 blocks in 15 minutes until he injured his ankle against the Sacramento Kings on MLK Jr. Day. I along with many other fantasy leaguers, wanted to throw a sneaker threw our laptops as Davis never returned.

Concerning this game, Davis did practice on Tuesday and New Orleans needs him in the worst way. This game could be up for grabs if Davis plays. He hasn’t been able to catch Damian Lillard for Rookie of the Year, but he’s been playing some great basketball and his upside is higher than Lillard’s.

[gameodds]5/134683/43/us[/gameodds]

Outcome

I like New Orleans whether Davis plays or not, but covering the 10 points will be a lot easier with Davis in the lineup. Eric Gordon and Greivis Vasquez can carry this team if needed.

NBA Free Picks: New Orleans +10

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