Charlotte Bobcats vs. San Antonio Spurs - 2/8/14
San Antonio Spurs (36-14) at Charlotte Bobcats (22-28)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Time Warner Cable Arena)
The Line: Charlotte Bobcats -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Tim Duncan is expected to return for the San Antonio Spurs tonight when they take on the Charlotte Bobcats.
The Spurs have lost four of their last seven and will be eager to get back to winning ways tonight after falling to the Nets by 103-89 on Thursday. Cory Joseph led the team with 18 points while Danny Green added 17, but it was never going to be enough for the Spurs who were without Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw. I'm sure coach Gregg Popovich would love to have a full roster for this game, but he might have to settle for just Duncan and Diaw for now because Parker is still listed as questionable, while Ginobili and Leonard are definitely out. Despite the recent losses, San Antonio is still a healthy 36-14 overall and 18-6 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Bobcats have won three of their last four and will be quietly confident about their chances of beating the Spurs tonight after dismantling the Warriors by 91-75 on Tuesday. Al Jefferson had 30 points and 13 rebounds while Gerald Henderson added 17 points, but those stats don't compare to how good the Bobcats were on defense. Stephen Curry had 17 points and Klay Thompson added 12, but no other Warrior even reached double figures as they were held to a season-low 31.2 percent shooting from the field. With the win, Charlotte improves to 22-28 overall and 11-15 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Spurs are 15-5 ATS in their last 20 games following a loss and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall, while the Bobcats are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a win.
Head to head, the Spurs are 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall and the Under is 5-1-1 in the last seven meetings in Charlotte.
Like most teams in the league, the Bobcats have not enjoyed much success against the Spurs as they've lost the last three meetings by an average of 28 points but given the injuries the Spurs have suffered, this game could be a little different.
Parker, Duncan and Diaw are all expected to return tonight which is a massive boost for the Spurs, so with that news, I'll be taking San Antonio to win and cover this small spread on the road.