NBA Picks: Spurs vs. Nets

Jordan Sharp

Sunday, February 10, 2013 5:02 PM GMT

San Antonio is a -2 favorite in this game, despite Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobli missing their game against the Pistons on Friday. Does this line tell us anything about the game tonight?  

NBA Picks: Spurs vs. Nets

One of the final games of the week heading into the week of the All Star Break is the Spurs heading into Brooklyn to take on the Nets. The NBA Odds for this one were late coming out this morning, but when they did, it definitely caught my eye.

Catching eyes

The Spurs still sit atop the West standings going into Sunday, but when this line opened in front of my very eyes, I could not help but feel somewhat confused. If Duncan and Ginobli are both still out for this game, which is a real possibility with how close the All Star Break is, there is no way in hell that the Spurs should be favored. Unless of course one or both of those guys are set to make a return to the court this evening.

Ginobli has missed the Spurs’ last three games, while Duncan has missed six of the Spurs last seven games. However, if those two are still sitting, there is no reason why the Spurs should be favored here on the road against a healthy Nets team.  One or both of those guys might make their return to the court tonight with this kind of number. Keep a close eye on the Spurs’ morning shoot around report, but I think there is a chance -2 is great value if word comes out that one or both of the Spurs big three are playing tonight.

Nets’ average February

After rolling out a seven game winning streak and winning ten of their first 11 games of 2013, the Nets have cooled off tremendously afterwards. Since then the Nets have gone 3-5 SU and they are once again outside of home court advantage realm in the playoff standings.

A big win against one of the West’s best tonight could help out a lot. The Spurs are one of the worst offensive rebounding teams in the NBA, and although the Nets aren’t a great defensive rebounding team, if they can win the glass tonight, they have an excellent shot at knocking off San Antonio.

The realm of the unknown is of course the status of the two Spurs’ stars, but word should be coming out shortly, which will give us a much clearer picture of who is and who isn’t playing tonight for San Antonio.

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The Sharp Pick

In my eyes and through my own projections, there is no way this line should favor the Spurs unless either Duncan and/or Ginobli are making their return. It seems that the books know something the public doesn’t, and the line is already starting to go up. Go ahead and lay the two points, because as word comes out, the line is going to continue to go up. San Antonio is already a good road team, going 15-12 ATS on the season when playing away from home. Today we will take them for our NBA Picks.

Free NBA Picks: Spurs -2