Rodeo Clowns: Avoid Spurs, Follow Nets for Monday’s Matchup

Monday, February 25, 2019 2:27 AM UTC

Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 2:27 AM UTC

The San Antonio Spurs are in a big-time funk. They might not have enough gas left to beat the NBA odds when they visit the Brooklyn Nets on Monday.

<p style="text-align:right"><em><strong>Jason’s 2018-19 NBA picks: 12-12 ATS, 0-3 ML (minus-8.35 units), 17-8 Totals</strong></em></p><p> </p><h2 style="text-align:center">San Antonio (33-28 SU, 32-28-1 ATS) at Brooklyn (31-30 SU, 34-27 ATS)</h2><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Monday, 7:30 p.m. ET<br />Free NBA Pick: Nets ATS<br />Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=BetOnline" target="_blank" title="Top-Rated Sportsbook">BetOnline</a></strong></p><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3569817, "sportsbooksIds":[1096,999996,19,238,93], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>There was a time when you could just print money betting on the San Antonio Spurs – especially when they went on their annual “rodeo trip,” the extended road swing they have to do every time the San Antonio Stock Show &amp; Rodeo comes to town. Well, just like Chris Rea once sang, it’s all gone. The Spurs lost 130-118 to the New York Knicks (!) on Sunday as 9-point road faves, or –400 on the moneyline. <a href="">I might cry</a>.<br /><br />Good thing there aren’t any tanking teams involved in Monday’s matchup between the Spurs and the Brooklyn Nets. Not only are the Nets not folding their tents, they’re the No. 6 seeds in the Eastern Conference, with plenty of young talent on the hoof. And they’ll be well-rested for San Antonio after taking Sunday off. We’re all over Brooklyn as 1.5-point home faves on the <a href="" title="Live NBA Odds">NBA odds board</a>. So are 100 percent of early bettors, according to the consensus reports. Come join us.</p><h2><strong>Smart Marks</strong></h2><p>Frickin’ Spurs, man. Between 2008 and 2014 inclusive, they went 42-20 SU and 34-25-2 ATS during their rodeo trips. Then the wheels fell off in 2015, and things just haven’t been the same since. Then again, this isn’t Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili we’re dealing with here. It’s DeMar DeRozan (minus-0.1 BPM), LaMarcus Aldridge (plus-1.2 BPM) and Rudy Gay (plus-1.6 BPM). And their production has been falling since well before the rodeo landed at AT&amp;T Center.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Quick story time: In April of 2017, as the Brooklyn Nets were winding down what was a pretty terrible season, they signed Cliff Alexander and Prince Ibeh to 10 Day Contracts and waived each player one day later. Odd transaction right? Read on for why and why it matters now.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;1/?&lt;/p&gt;— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;February 21, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]<br /><br />Let’s talk about the Nets instead. They’ve been on the right track under GM Sean Marks, a former player and assistant coach with the Spurs who took over the program on February 18, 2016. Let’s look at some of his career highlights:</p><ul> <li><strong><em>Feb. 20, 2016:</em> </strong>Waived Andrea Bargnani</li> <li><strong><em>Feb. 25, 2016:</em> </strong>Waived Joe Johnson</li> <li><strong><em>Apr. 17, 2016:</em> </strong>Hired Kenny Atkinson as head coach</li> <li><strong><em>July 7, 2016:</em> </strong>Traded Thaddeus Young to Indiana for Caris LeVert (0.0 BPM)</li> <li><strong><em>July 19, 2016:</em></strong> Signed free agent Joe Harris (plus-0.9 BPM)</li> <li><strong><em>Dec. 8, 2016:</em> </strong>Signed free agent Spencer Dinwiddie (plus-0.2 BPM)</li></ul><p><br />You know what, there’s so much good stuff here, I can’t fit it all in one article. I’ll just add that Marks traded for the first-round draft pick that became Jarrett Allen (plus-2.5 BPM), and was happy to take on D’Angelo Russell (plus-2.5 BPM) after he fell out of favor with the Los Angeles Lakers. Russell’s an All-Star now, albeit a marginal one. Brooklyn were the right <a href="" title="Check Our NBA Picks">NBA pick</a> the last time they faced the Spurs on January 31, and they’re the right pick for the rematch, as well. May the sphere be with them.</p>
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