Whenever I am watching the San Antonio Spurs I hear an old familiar song playing in my head, “Old Man River.”
This year’s Spurs team is special. It amazes me year in and year out how incredibly consistent this team has been. We all understand the nucleus of the team is all about the Big Three – Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Tim Duncan, but the rest of the team is made up of interchangeable parts that simply win.
I see a two-team race in the West for the conference championship – the Spurs and Thunder. Forget the Clippers with “Lob City,” it does not work in the playoffs. The Rockets are another example of good regular season success not equating to play off success, late in games the opposing teams will simply put train wreck Dwight Howard at the free throw line.
This leaves us with the Spurs and the Thunder as it should. These two teams are the best in the West. Oklahoma City is the real deal but has been hit hard with injuries, tough to overcome. To me these two teams are evenly matched so ultimately at the end of the day it will come down to being healthy and home court advantage. Let’s see how it plays out.
The difference very well may come down to coaching. The Spurs then have the advantage over anyone ever. Gregg Popovich is the best coach on the planet. Pop knows best.
The Spurs have won four NBA championships and have a legit shot this season. Defensively they are sound and are No. 2 overall in the West in this category. This is an interesting statistic because the Spurs have been a dead OVER team on the road this year.
As the regular season winds down check out who has the best ATS (against the spread record) in Las Vegas, which is all we fellow professional sports bettors care about. The Phoenix Suns have the best ATS record and it is not close.
Head coach Jeff Hornacek is outstanding and his players bring the energy and effort each and every night.
Let’s talk totals. The Detroit Pistons have the most OVER wins while the Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls have the most UNDER.
Moving forward, remember to “bet with your head, not over it.”
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