NBA Betting — Off Overtime Win, Spurs Lay Points to Mavericks
- Updated: January 8, 2014
The San Antonio Spurs gave many NBA bettors a thrill last night as they outlasted the Memphis Grizzlies in overtime. On Wednesday night they will lace ’em up to play host to the Dallas Mavericks in a game that will get underway at 7:05 PM ET at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.
The Spurs come into the game at 26-8 straight-up, with a record of 18-16 against the basketball pointspread. They are currently the leaders in the Southwest Division and are tied with the Oklahoma City Thunder for the best record in the Western Conference. The Mavs are 20-15, with is good for 8th place overall in the West. They are 19-16 against the number.
In the NBA betting odds that have been established on this game by the people at VietBet, the Spurs are the team laying points:
San Antonio Spurs -7
Dallas Mavericks +7
Over 209 points -110
Under 209 points -110
One would certainly have to say that the Mavs were extended far less than the Spurs last night. Dallas rolled to a 110-97 win over the thinned-out Los Angeles Lakers behind Dirk Nowitzki’s 27 points. They also shot 53% from the field as a team, in moving their pointspread record in the NBA odds three games over the .500 mark. San Antonio had to go to overtime to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 110-108, and that put more of a tax on some individuals than Gregg Popovich probably intended. Tim Duncan scored 27 points with 17 rebounds, and he played 38 minutes. Tony Parker also played 40 minutes. As most basketball bettors know, part of Popovich’s pattern in the regular season is to identify those pockets in which he can give members of his so-called “Big Three” a rest here and there.
That would seem to dictate that he would be careful with Duncan’s minutes. The game in Memphis was, in fact, his most extended playing time of the season. And this is a difficult spot, because Tiago Splitter has a shoulder injury, which leaves the Spurs in a position where there is not a lot of bulk up front in reserve. Splitter had a lot of value because he gave Duncan some much-needed relief.
We can tell you that Duncan’s presence was most definitely felt when these teams played on December 26, as he contributed 21 points and 13 rebounds in a 116-107 victory. But the big gun for San Antonio that night was small forward Danny Green, who made al five of his three-point attempts and finished with 22 points. That was the Spurs’ fifth straight win over the Mavs (covering four of them against the basketball pointspread).
For a team with such an outstanding overall record, it might be surprising to some VietBet customers that the Spurs haven’t exactly built a fortress around the AT&T Center. Their 13-5 straight-up home mark is not garish by any means, and they have not been profitable against the NBA betting odds either (just 7-11 ATS). By contrast, Dallas has been a 67% proposition as a road underdog (8-4 ATS).
If it’s more technical trends you want, you may consider that San Antonio has played ten of its last 12 games over the listed total in the basketball lines, and that Dallas has gone “under” in five of its last six outings.
Shawn Marion, who was involved in the bizarre “shoelace” incident with New York’s JR Smith on Sunday, has been nursing a sore right ankle and a sore Achilles tendon as well, but he suited up against the Lakers and gave the Mavericks fifteen minutes that were strong; in fact, he had eight points and five rebounds in the first quarter alone. However, basketball bettors will not be seeing him in the rotation for Wednesday’s game because he took a hard fall to the floor and jammed up his shoulder right before halftime of the game with the Lakers. The injury is not serious (indeed, X-rays were negative), but he is not making the trip.
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