San Antonio Spurs – Surging Offence Helping Spurs get back into the Playoff Picture
After a rocky start to the season, the San Antonio Spurs have climbed back into a playoff spot and now sit only three games out of third place. The Spurs offence is rolling, scoring over 110 points per game, while ranking fourth in the NBA in field goal percentage (at 47.2%) and leading the league in three-point percentage at 39.7%.
The Spurs play a bit of an unorthodox, with the three-point playing a small role in the team’s success. Still, even if they limit their long-range attempts, making nearly 40% of shots is going to help any team in the NBA win games.
Toronto Raptors – Still Winning Despite the Absence of Kyle Lowry
The Raptors are leading the league in wins around the midpoint of the NBA season, despite Kyle Lowry missing time. The Raptors are 6-3 without Kyle Lowry (compared to 22-8 with him), a fine record for a team missing their second best player.
The health of Lowry is critical for the Raptors going into 2019. The Raptors need a full vision of the four-time All-Star if they are going to win the Eastern Conference. Because of this, Lowry is a question mark going into Thursday huge (albeit, in grand scheme not overly critical) game. His absence though on any given night is sure to affect Toronto Raptor betting lines.