The San Antonio Spurs (26-12), the league’s top scoring defense, will go head-to-head against the Philadelphia 76ers (17-19) at Wells Fargo Center. The game starts at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, and will air on Fox Sports – Southwest.
San Antonio Spurs at Philadelphia 76ers Betting Odds
Both teams defeated their last opponent. The 76ers defeated the Phoenix Suns 123-110, while the Spurs beat the New York Knicks 100-91.
San Antonio dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a fantastic free throw rate of 0.341 (above their season average of 0.187) and a turnover percentage of 7.6 (better than their season average of 12.8). For those same stats, New York recorded marks of 0.161 and 12.9, respectively. Philadelphia, meanwhile, dominated nearly every facet of their game. They had an extraordinary effective field goal percentage of 0.623 (above their season average of 0.519) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 32.4 (above their season average of 25.6). For those same stats, Phoenix was 0.477 and 26.7, respectively. Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons had a good outing, putting up 21 points, nine rebounds and six assists. LaMarcus Aldridge played a key role for San Antonio with 29 points and six rebounds.
It will be a showdown of conflicting styles as the fast-breaking 76ers will look to push the more half-court-oriented Spurs. The 76ers rank second in possessions per game while the Spurs are 29th.
Games involving the Spurs have a tendency to go under the total (56.8 percent). San Antonio comes into the contest with records of 26-12 straight up (SU) and 19-16-2 against the spread (ATS).
In opposition of San Antonio, 76ers games have gone over the projected point total 52.8 percent of the time. Moreover, Philadelphia owns records of 17-19 SU and 19-17 ATS.
Pau Gasol has been playing at a high level recently for San Antonio, averaging 14.8 points, 12.2 rebounds and 5.6 assists over the last five games.
The Spurs dominated this series last year, winning both games. In the last contest, San Antonio won 111-103. San Antonio’s 0.601 effective field goal percentage was its largest strength over Philadelphia, who had a rate of 0.482. This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.
San Antonio Spurs at Philadelphia 76ers Free Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – 76ers, ATS Winner – 76ers, O/U – Under
The 76ers average 46.9 points in the paint per game, which ranks seventh in the league. The Spurs rank 11th in points allowed in the paint per game (42.3).
San Antonio ranks first in blocks allowed per game (3.7) while Philadelphia ranks 27th (5.8).
The 76ers rank third in assists per game (26.2) while the Spurs rank 20th (22.0).
Philadelphia ranks 11th in three pointers attempted per game (29.9) while San Antonio ranks 27th (24.3).
Philadelphia ranks first in rebounds per game (47.7) while San Antonio ranks 11th (44.7).
The Spurs rank 11th in points off turnovers allowed per game (15.5) while the 76ers rank 29th (19.3).
The Spurs average 13.3 second chance points per game, which ranks ninth in the NBA. The 76ers rank 21st in second chance points allowed per game (13.0).
San Antonio ranks 13th in steals allowed per game (7.7) while Philadelphia ranks last (9.4).
San Antonio is 17-6 when they hold opponents under 100 points, while Philadelphia is 5-0.
The Spurs are 19-1 when they reach the century mark, while the 76ers are 16-12.
Philadelphia is 8-8 ATS at home, while San Antonio is 6-11-1 ATS on the road.
In 18 road games, the Spurs have 13 unders, 4 overs and 1 push.
The 76ers have 9 unders and 7 overs in 16 home games.
In their last five games, San Antonio and Philadelphia are both 3-2 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
The Spurs’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 5.6, up from 3.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the 76ers have scored an average of 106.2 points per game (2.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 105.2 points per game (3.6 below their season average).