NBA Picks - Spurs At Full Strength Tonight Against Hawks

Mark Lathrop

Saturday, October 8, 2016 9:34 PM UTC

Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 9:34 PM UTC

As everyone focuses on football this weekend, a great line to take advantage of presents itself in Preseason NBA basketball! Join me as I find the betting edge in Hawks vs. Spurs affair.

Basketball? How rudely you interrupt my football nirvana! Oh wait, I guess my team has a bye week in Week 5, so I guess I’ll take a look.


Atlanta Hawks vs San Antonio Spurs 

Yes, it is a little early to start thinking about the NBA. So early in fact, that Gregg Popovich thought that half of his team wasn’t ready for their first preseason game. Coach Popovich didn’t bring Pau Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green, Patty Mills, or Tony Parker on the plane to their first preseason game at Phoenix, instead focusing on playing end-of-the bench guys and seeing Kawhi Leonard running the offense by himself. For the latter, Leonard was successful as he built the Spurs a big lead against Phoenix going into halftime with a blistering hot start. Even with most of their starters not at the game the Spurs still almost beat Phoenix, eventually losing 91-86.

It is important to note that 4 of the 6 players that Coach Popovich left behind played in the Olympics, so their offseason was shorter than most. Overall I take that as a positive though, as these players should not be very rusty coming into this game. They have also garnered some experience playing together without Tim Duncan, who will be sorely missed by the Spurs organization going forward.

Coming into this game, the Atlanta Hawks routed the Memphis Grizzlies, 104-83, as their bench players took over the game in the second half. Getting some playing time was newest Atlanta Hawk, Dwight Howard, who finished with 6 points, 7 rebounds, and picked up 4 fouls in 18 minutes. He also turned the ball over three times, which will be a point of contention for him this season. Last season, Dwight Howard was ranked 52nd of 58 in turnover ratio for qualified centers in the NBA. Paul Millsap didn’t play in this game, and most importantly, will be missing this game against the Spurs.

With San Antonio coming into this game at full strength, the opening NBA odds have instilled them as slight 4.5 favorites across the board. The O/U total opened at 189, but has risen to 189.5 as early bettors are favoring the Over.

What I like about the Spurs in this game is that the starters should play the entire first half, but the bench players that will see considerable time in the 2nd half already have a game and extended playing time under their belt. That is not the case for the Hawks, so I’m willing to wager on the Spurs to be able to pull away late and will be taking the Spurs -4.5 at Bovada, one of the best sportsbook available, as my preseason NBA Pick.


Free NBA Pick: Spurs -4.5
Best Line Offered: at Bovada

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