Dallas Mavericks vs. San Antonio Spurs
How many of you had the Spurs losing 24 points to Minnesota? We realize Tony Parker, Tony Duncan and Kawhi Leonard were all out, but absences haven't seemed to hurt San Antonio in the past.
Thing is, San Antonio has been a money-making machine after losses. They've gone a perfect 5-0 ATS in their last five contests following a straight up defeat. Oh, and they're 34-14-3 ATS in their past 51 home games dating back to last season. Not too shabby.
Updated injury reports have Shawn Marion doubtful and both Darren Collison and Anthony Morrow questionable for tonight, while Parker remains out for San Antonio, though both Duncan and Leonard are expected to return. Make sure to keep checking on everyone's statuses before making your final NBA picks.
You never really know what Gregg Popovich is going to do, but it hasn't mattered what lineups he's used. This San Antonio system is a thing of beauty and everyone has bought in.
The Spurs have already faced off against Dallas three times this season and have won each and every time, both straight up and against the spread.
In the one meeting at home, San Antonio strolled to a 129-91 victory, easily covering as 11-point favorites.
So while Dallas has obviously looked much better as of late, the Spurs tend to bounce back nicely after losses and we think they're definitely worth siding with as part of our teaser. San Antonio is 26-4 SU and 17-11-2 ATS at home.
New York Knicks vs. Portland Trail Blazers
Things went from bad to worse for the Knicks last night in another blowout loss, this time versus the red-hot Nuggets in Denver.
Two nights after a dreadful 92-63 loss to Golden State on the road, New York was never in it against Denver, losing 117-94 and never coming anywhere close to covering as 8.5-point dogs on the NBA odds board.
Making matters worse, Tyson Chandler hurt himself and is listed as doubtful for tonight, while Carmelo Anthony was sent back home to have his knee drained because he is clearly not himself out there right now.
Tonight the Knicks are 3.5-point dogs against Portland, with the O/U at 194.5. While the UNDER is 6-2 in New York's last eight overall, the OVER has hit the mark in four straight Trail Blazers home contests.
This has been a disastrous road trip for the Knicks so far, but it's not going to get any easier. They have to play at the Rose Garden tonight and then will close the trip out against the L.A. Clippers and Utah, two more great home teams.
The Knicks' offense has looked a hot mess over the last two games, but we think they may actually fare better in that regard without a hobbled Melo out there ruining the flow. The ball movement has looked much more fluid at times without their star out there.
Even with Chandler likely out and Amare also unavailable, New York still has their fair share of guys who can buckets, especially from beyond the arc. It's not as if Portland is known for their defensive prowess either, so we'll be adding an OVER play to round out our teaser.
5-point teaser (ties win): Spurs -3 and Trail Blazers/Knicks OVER 189.5 [-115]
The Spurs should be able to cover this shorter number in a bounce-back situation, while we find it hard to imagine the Knicks will be as bad they have been offensively over their last two games.Today's teaser futures 3 from the Western Conference, check out the Power Rankings~