10:05 a.m. at Boston
Spurs +8 at Celtics
San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich pulled one over on the linesmakers this past Tuesday with a last-minute benching of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker against Denver. Thus the line ballooned from 4 to 13 points and the underdog Spurs wound up losing by just 8. Now we will see if Popovich’s strategy works since San Antonio will have had five full days of rest prior to this morning’s matchup with Boston.
The Celtics could have used San Antonio’s schedule. Boston is playing its third game in four days, while battling a flu problem that hit Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Both will be in the lineup in one of the marquee matchups of the season. Boston is 13-1 in its last 14 games, the lone blemish a one-point overtime loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
San Antonio is 8-2 in its last 10 games and 4-0-1 against the spread in its past five outings. The line opened at 8, which is strange territory for the Spurs. Only three times this season has San Antonio been an underdog of at least 6, going 2-1 ATS. We’ll take the points in a game that means more to the Spurs as they try to chase down the Lakers for the No. 1 seed in the West. SPURS.