NBA Picks: Spurs vs. Warriors

Jeff Grant

Friday, February 22, 2013 2:20 PM GMT

The San Antonio Spurs will try to win their 17th consecutive game against the Golden State Warriors Friday night, as the two teams meet at Oracle Arena in the Bay Area. What are the best options for our NBA picks in this matchup?


Let’s take a closer look at the NBA betting odds for this Western Conference affair that tips off at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Rodeo trip 

San Antonio is preparing to play its eighth contest of a nine-game rodeo road trip, as it comes off a 116-90 blowout victory over the Los Angeles Clippers Thursday night. The Spurs have won nine of their last 10 road games—leading directly to the league’s best record away from home (22-10).

The Spurs are 18-14 against the spread (ATS) on the road, while the OVER is 18-14 in that situation.

Snapped out of a funk?

Golden State ended its six-game losing streak by picking up a 108-98 win over the Phoenix Suns as 8.5-point home favorites Wednesday night, while going OVER the total for the seventh time in eight contests.

The Warriors will need to up their defensive intensity in this spot if they plan notching a straight-up victory as a home underdog, as they allowed opponents to score 117.5 points per game in their most recent funk.

Domination 

NBA handicappers will have a hard time finding a matchup that has been so one-sided recently, with the Spurs winning their last 16 games versus the Warriors, including the last seven at this venue. 

The favorite is 18-6-2 ATS in the last 26 meetings, which lines up San Antonio’s 9-2-1 ATS run in this series.

Terrible situational spot 

With San Antonio ranking fourth in the league in scoring, Friday night’s host lands in a bad situational spot, considering it has gone 0-5 SUATS when playing a game with a total that is greater than or equal to 210. It’s important to note the Spurs are 5-1 SU in that situation, but have covered the spread in just two of those seven games.

[gameodds]5/219071/43/us[/gameodds]

Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Spurs as one of their NBA picks against the spread, as they’ve favored by an average of six points in their last five road games in this series, while the Warriors are 0-7 ATS in their last seven games versus teams with a winning record.

NBA Pick: San Antonio Spurs -3 at Bovada