Spurs Will Get Their Groove At Home vs. Raptors

Danny Green

Charles Stark

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 2:02 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 2:02 PM UTC

The Spurs are coming home off of a surprising loss while the Raptors had little trouble with the Los Angeles Lakers. Today they meet in San Antonio and the Spurs are a small home favorite. Can Toronto make this game interesting?

Toronto Raptors

After losing two games in a row Toronto got back on track with a solid win against the Los Angeles Lakers. Today things get exponentially more difficult as they travel to take on one of the best teams not only this season but for the past several years. Toronto has been more focused offensively this season averaging 111.2 points per game which ranks third in the NBA. They also rank third and fourth in three-point shooting percentage and overall shooting percentage respectively. They have been very efficient this season while only attempting 85.2 field goals per game, which ranks in the bottom third of the league, they are dropping 40.2 of those shots ranking them third. However, what concerns me today is their lack on the other side of the ball as they rank in the middle of the league in most defensive categories. As well, currently Toronto ranks 21st in the NBA in both opponent shooting efficiency and effective field-goal percentage. This could be a recipe for disaster as San Antonio is extremely efficient scoring the basketball and should be able to get enough stops to cover this number.

 San Antonio Spurs

Coming back from a tough overtime loss in Atlanta San Antonio now has to refocus on one of the best teams in the East. Although it might be tempting to take the points with Toronto I don’t like how they match up with this very good San Antonio team who should win this game by close to double digits. Offensively the Spurs are averaging 105.4 points per game which ranks right in the middle of the league, however there are very efficient shooting 40.7% from distance and 47.4% overall which ranks them first and third in the NBA respectively. For them to win this game and cover they will have to play defense like we have seen over the past decade which I think they are capable of doing tonight. Although they have not been as lockdown as we saw last year they still remain one of the best defenses in the NBA. They rank in the top 10 in most categories highlighted by ranking fourth in opponent field goals made per game.

 NBA Odds

Oddsmakers have come out making San Antonio a -5.5 favorite and for my NBA pick I will back the Spurs in this spot. I have a lot of respect for Toronto but I think they don’t match up very well with San Antonio so I like for the Spurs pull away in the second half.

Free NBA Pick: Spurs -6Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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