San Antonio Spurs vs. Philadelphia 76ers Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/24/14
Philadelphia 76ers (15-55) at San Antonio Spurs (53-16)
NBA Basketball: Monday, March 24, 2014 at 8:30 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -21.5 -- Over/Under: 211 See the Latest Odds
TV: TCN-Philadelphia, FS-Southwest
The best and the worst of the NBA meet on Monday as the San Antonio Spurs host the Philadelphia 76ers.
The San Antonio Spurs have won 13 games in a row and have the overall best record in the NBA. The Spurs are two games better in the west than Oklahoma City and the team that knows they don’t have too many chances left has been focused and playing like there is no tomorrow. Tim Duncan is still the leader in San Antonio averaging 15 points and 10 rebounds per game and averaging 29.4 minutes. Tony Parker is averaging 17.6 points and 6.1 assists, Manu Ginobli is averaging 12.5 points, Kawhi Leonard is averaging 12.3 points and 1.7 steals, and Marco Belinelli is averaging 11.5 points. The Spurs are averaging 1-5.2 points and they are shooting 48.7 percent including 39.7 percent from beyond the three-point arc while defensively they are allowing 97.6 points and their opponents are converting on 44.4 percent of their shots. While the core of the Spurs has remained the same the mixing in of new players has been seamless and a big part of their success.
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The Philadelphia 76ers have lost 24 games in a row and have the second worst record in the NBA. While the Sixers are a proud organization they look like they will be drafting high in what appears to one of the best NBA Drafts in history. Thaddeus Young leads the 76ers averaging 18.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Michael Carter-Williams is averaging 16.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 6.3 assists, James Anderson is averaging 10.1 points, and Henry Sims is averaging 9.6 points and 7.0 rebounds. Philadelphia is averaging 98.8 points and they are shooting 42.9 percent from the floor and 30.4 percent from beyond the three-point arc while defensively they allow 110 points and their opponents shoot 46.9 percent. The Sixers are setting franchise records in futility that they hope will never be broken.
San Antonio is 7-0 against the spread in their last seven games, 4-1 against the spread in their last five home games, and 4-0 against the spread against a team with a losing record. Philadelphia is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games, 4-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 17-36-1 against the spread in their last 54 games against the Western Conference. The home team has covered the point spread in six of the last eight meetings of these two.
This number is gigantic and while the Sixers are just plain bad and the Spurs have been the best, this is a lot of points. What we generally see is bad teams get too many points and good teams have to lay too many and this one hits on both of those though this play is still a lean at best.
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