NBA Picks: 76ers vs. Spurs
NBA Odds for this game opened at an enormous -13 in favor of the Spurs, and has grown even more, as it now sits at -13 ½ in favor of San Antonio.
This is the largest spread of the evening. Philadelphia is coming off a back-to-back last night in Oklahoma City, while the Spurs had the night off. Will the rest for San Antonio be enough to cover this mammoth spread?
Sixers still waiting
We might never get to see Andrew Bynum in a Sixers uniform, and that means Philadelphia may just miss the playoffs –because of what seemed like a good trade at the time. Bynum has yet to play this season, and he has already had one setback, leading to doubts that he will ever suit up with Philly.
Last night in Oklahoma City, their lack of a big man hurt them as it has been for the last season. The Sixers were outrebounded 47-40 on the night, while Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant had their way with them in the paint. The Thunder had 40 of their 109 points in the paint, opposed to the Sixers who only had 26 points in the paint.
The Sixers face just as tough a test tonight in San Antonio, as the Spurs are coming off a bad loss to the Knicks, and would love to get some retribution against a struggling Philadelphia team.
Spurs still not getting love
It’s going to take a big winnings streak or something to get this team the love their deserve, because every year it seems as if no one is giving the Spurs a chance. San Antonio is still just a half game back of the top spot in the West, and is still just as dangerous.
Obviously they are a year older, but that almost helps their playoff chances if they are healthy and rested going into them. Their basketball IQ dominates any other teams’ in the NBA, and they still have the young talent surrounding a group of star veterans.
Tonight against Philadelphia, I expect Tim Duncan to put on another stellar performance. If it wasn’t for the normal MVP candidates, Duncan might be in the conversation. Timmy is having another stellar season, averaging 17.8 points, almost 10 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game this season.
On top of all that, the Spurs have brought back some defense this season, and rank 13th in the NBA in points allowed so far. This is big because this team used to be a perennial top 10 defensive team, and if they can hold it up throughout the long season, they might end up being the number one seed out West when it’s all said and done.
The Sharp Pick
Jrue Holiday is still a bit banged up for the Sixers, which is another huge problem. He is having a career season, and has ben single handedly leading the Sixers to being competitive. He played last night, but played less than his average in minutes, and it looks like he still may be in some pain.
I would like to make a pick on the total or spread in this one, but they are both too close to call. I like the Sixers on one hand, but there is no telling if they will even hit 80 points tonight. Instead, I’m siding with the first half spread, which favors the Spurs by -7 1/2. The Sixers should come out cold in this one, leading to the Spurs having a nice first half.
My Pick: Spurs -7 ½ 1H at BetOnline