NBA Picks: San Antonio Spurs Team Futures Odds

Jordan Sharp

Sunday, September 22, 2013 3:12 PM GMT

Sunday, Sep. 22, 2013 3:12 PM GMT

San Antonio was seconds away from turning the Miami Heat’s dynasty into rubbish last season, but were ultimately defeated. Now the Spurs are set to try and make the long climb back to the peak of the mountain this season.

 

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San Antonio has gotten better this offseason too, and they are possibly one of the biggest threats to Oklahoma City, Houston and maybe Miami. Let’s take a look at the Spurs’ future odds to win the title this season from Bet365 sportsbook.

Future Odds (+1100)

The Spurs are behind the Heat, Thunder, Bulls and Nets this offseason in the NBA odds, while the Rockets and Pacers are both right there at 11/1 as well. While the price is somewhat fair, I think the Spurs are definitely the better of the +1100 teams, and right there with the Bulls and Nets as well. If they can stay healthy all season, I think Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobli have enough left in the tank to lead their talented group of supporting cast members.

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One of the biggest questions for the Spurs was Ginobli’s free agency, but Manu resigned with the Spurs for another 2 seasons for a reasonable $7 million per year. Along with Ginobli, the Spurs also brought back starting center Tiago Splitter, who may not show up in the stat sheet much, but is one of the most fundamentally sound centers in the NBA. His regular season presence will give Duncan the rest he needs to be a force in the playoffs like he was last season. Splitter signed for 4 more years at roughly $9 million per year on average. Plus his contract is front loaded, giving the Spurs expanding cap space as the deal progresses.

Along with bringing back those two key players, the Spurs spent their mini mid-level exception on former Bulls shooting guard, Marco Belinelli. He should be a key member and shooter for the bench this season, as he can handle the ball and pass out of both guard positions if needed. Even though they didn’t add much, they didn’t have to. The Spurs are easily still one of the top three teams in the west.

The Sharp Pick

I would definitely consider the Spurs as contenders and a solid NBA pick to win the championship this season. They almost did it last season and they were far more undervalued this time last year. I also really like their odds of winning the west. Right now at Sportsbook.ag, the Spurs are +450 to win the West.

The Spurs could be a bargain at +450 to win the West, considering the Thunder are slightly overvalued at +250, and the rest of the west seems pretty adequately priced. Only the Memphis Grizzlies at +1500 have better price value at winning the West this season.

The Spurs should be right there at the end of the season, capable of beating anyone at any time. However if this is finally the year where it all breaks down with injuries, the Spurs still have a very talented roster, and could be very undervalued in the sports betting odds once again. Since 2003, the Spurs are 652-291 ATS, a cashing rate of just over 69%. 

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