San Antonio Spurs vs. Toronto Raptors - 12/23/13
Toronto Raptors (10-14) at San Antonio Spurs (21-6)
NBA Basketball: Monday, December 23, 2013 at 8:30 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -11.5 -- Over/Under: 203 See the Latest Odds
The San Antonio Spurs collide with the surging Toronto Raptors on Monday night from the AT&T Center.
Head to head, the Raptors are 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings while the favorite is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The Spurs are 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and 39-16-1 ATS in their last 56 vs. Eastern Conference, but just 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Raptors on the other hand are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest, 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
How good have the Toronto Raptors been since trading away Rudy Gay earlier in the month? Well, they just defeated the league-leading Oklahoma City Thunder 104-98 on Sunday night, which was just their fifth loss of the season and first at home. Toronto is now 5-2 since shipping Gay off to Sacramento and it's pretty clear they are a better team without him. The Raptors have also won four straight on the road and improved to 9-4 against the spread away from home.
Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs come into tonight's game off a loss to that same Oklahoma City squad, falling 113-100 at home on Saturday night. While the Spurs are 9-3 at home on the season, they haven't been there usual dominate selves there lately, failing to cover the spread in each of their last five games at the AT&T Center.
These two teams squared off just under two weeks ago in Toronto and it was an easy 116-103 win for the Spurs, despite the Raptors getting off to a 36-24 lead at the end of the first quarter. It was a classic San Antonio performance as seven players scored in double figures led by 16 points from Manu Ginobili off the bench.
I hate going against the Spurs coming off a loss, especially at home, but Toronto is playing inspired basketball right now. There's is every chance this could be a blowout because it's already happened once this season and the Raptors could be in for a bit of a letdown after last night's win, but I simply can't pass up that many points...
Dan’s Pick: Toronto +11.5
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