Spurs at Suns - 10/31/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Antonio Spurs (1-0) at Phoenix Suns (1-0)
NBA Basketball: Friday, October 31, 2014 at 10:00 pm (US Airways Center)
The Line: Phoenix Suns +1.5 -- Over/Under: 206 See the Latest Odds
TV: KENS, FSN-AZ
The San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns play Friday night at the US Airways Center.
The San Antonio Spurs survived a close game against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday and look to start the year with a 2-0 record for the fourth straight season. The Spurs looked like they didn’t miss a beat, as they shot 52.9 percent from the field and 50 percent from downtown, while racking up 23 assists on 37 made baskets. Tony Parker led the way with 23 points and Manu Ginobili scored a healthy 20 points off the bench. The Spurs 20 turnovers allowed the Mavs to hang around but clutch shots late the game won the game in typical San Antonio fashion. The Spurs should be even better in this matchup as Kawhi Leonardis probable after missing the opener with an eye injury. It’s no secret the San Antonio Spurs are one of the favorites to win it all once again, and they’ve won 24 of their last 28 regular season games SU.
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The Phoenix Suns won their season opener with a Wednesday victory over the Los Angeles Lakers and displayed an offensive explosion. The Suns shot 54.9 percent from the field and 50 percent from downtown, as all five of their starters scored in the double figures. Oddly enough, newly acquired Isaiah Thomas lead the Suns with 23 points off the bench and dropped three assists. As for the starters, Marcus Morris scored 21 points, while Eric Bledsoe had 16 points and nine assists. While it was against a defensively challenged Lakers team, the Suns performance was a great sign for a team that’s looking to breakthrough the West this season. The Phoneix Suns have firepower at pretty much every position and now have an All-Star caliber point guard coming off the bench. Of course, this game will be a measuring stick for the Suns.
The Spurs are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 vs. Western Conference and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Suns are 37-15-1 ATS in their last 53 games playing on 1 days rest and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 vs. NBA Southwest. The Spurs are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Phoenix.
It's not very often we get the San Antonio Spurs at a low line. While I like what the Suns are doing and give them a shot to win this game, the Spurs is the value play here considering you almost never get them under two points.