Spurs Look to Continue Their Home ATS Dominance: NBA Rundown

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Troy Haliburton

Saturday, January 13, 2018 5:09 PM UTC

Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 5:09 PM UTC

The NBA is getting into full swing and there are a few games that are very intriguing in tonight’s matchups. Let’s take a look at some of the slated action for Saturday night and see if we can find a few quality bets to make.

 

Nets at Wizards

The Wizards already lost to the Nets twice this season, but at least those games were without their superstar player, John Wall. The Nets gave the Wizards lots of problems with their fast-paced play, and the Wizards could not keep up with the transition scoring of the Nets. Well, it just so happens that John Wall is the fastest player in the NBA and will be able to turn himself into a one-man fastbreak in order to compete with the pace of the Nets.

The Nets have a talented group of young players who are playing above their current levels and the Nets are actually going out and winning ball games this season, so for the Wizards to think they can just roll into Saturday’s game and get a win would be a mistake.

The Wizards will have to continue their solid bench play, led by Mike Scott, who has been absolutely on fire this season in terms of shooting off the bench. Scott is averaging nearly 10 points a game on 58% shooting from the field and 50% shooting from behind the arc. His play along with the insertion of Tomas Satoransky as the backup point guard has taken the Wizards bench from one of the worst units in the league to one of the best.

Free Pick Wizards -9.5
Best Lines Available at Bookmaker

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Warriors at Raptors

The Raptors were once on the outside looking in of the pace and space movement, as they were one of the few teams who did not implement the 3-point shot in their offensive strategy. Toronto guard DeMar DeRozan has become notorious for his propensity to take mid-range jump shots, but he along with the rest of the Raptors team are changing that narrative. The Raptors now shoot 30.7 3-point attempts per game, which is up considerably from the 24.3 that they shot last season.

The Warriors are coming off of a big national tv win over the Milwaukee Bucks, in which Klay Thompson returned to the lineup. Golden State will still be without Steph Curry who is missing time due to another ankle injury, but the Warriors have played exceptionally well this season in his absence. Toronto will also be without Kyle Lowry who is missing time after hurting his tailbone in a nasty fall earlier this week. Without Lowry in the lineup, the Raptors are relying on Fred Van Fleet to set up the offense and get DeRozan the ball in his hot spots on the floor.

Toronto has been great at covering the spread all season long and rank fourth in the entire NBA in against the spread record with a mark of 23-17, but those were against non-Warriors opponents. Golden State is the best team in the league for a reason.

Free Pick Warriors -3.5
Best Lines Available at Bovada

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Nugget at Spurs

Denver is quietly having one of the more successful seasons in the entire NBA. They came into the year with relatively low expectations and on top of that have dealt with serious injuries to some of their star players and are still above .500 and competing in the Western Conference for a decent playoff seed.

The Nuggets are still having complications with their point guard situation and are still running a lot of their offense through Nikola Jokic in the high-post, which is good in moderation, but not necessarily how you want to run your team in the modern NBA.

San Antonio is once again showing why they are the model of consistency when it comes to NBA franchises. The Spurs have only had the luxury of their MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard, play just nine games this season, but that has not stopped them from amassing the third best record in the West. A big part of San Antonio’s success is the fact that LaMarcus Aldridge is having one of his better seasons after reports came out this week that he actually went to Greg Popovich this offseason and requested to be traded.

The Spurs boast the NBA’s best record at home ATS with a fantastic mark of 13-5-2 which is a 72% win percentage. Look for the Spurs to continue that dominance against a short-handed Nuggets squad for your NBA picks tonight.

Free Pick Spurs -6.5
Best Lines Available at (-105) Heritage

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