NBA Spread Picks: Toronto Raptors vs San Antonio Spurs
Will Raptors Break 4-Game Slide Against Spurs?
Yes, because Leonard, Ginobili and Gay won’t make the trip north.
Over the years, the San Antonio Spurs have slapped the Raptors around the court, creating the most lopsided matchup in franchise history. Toronto’s 11-32 against the Spurs, by far the worst record against any team in the NBA. Even an improved Raptors squad struggles against San Antonio, winning only two of the last ten meetings.
The Spurs visit the North with a noticeable limp after defeating the Brooklyn Nets in New York. They’ve recently dropped games against the Hawks and the Lakers, losing five of their last ten overall. San Antonio’s done well to ward off Father Time with expert drafting and player development, but the team hasn’t appeared this thin in a long time.
Raptors Betting Picks:
NBA Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction
Point Spread – Toronto Raptors -6.0 (-110)
Straight Up Moneyline – Raptors -265
Over/Under Totals – Over 205.5 (-110)
Toronto Raptors Betting Trends Against San Antonio Spurs
Six Point Spread Big Against Spurs
A six-point spread represents a large winning margin for this matchup. The last time the Toronto Raptors defeated the Spurs by more than six points was December 2007. The two most recent victories for Toronto were by two possessions or less. Lately, games between these two teams have been close, with five of the last eight meetings decided in the final few minutes. A spread this large against San Antonio represents genuine doubt about the franchise, which maintains a solid record despite recent stutters and health challenges.
Injuries Limit Spurs – But Not Too Much
Kawhi Leonard’s out indefinitely, Manu Ginobili needs a few days off to heal a nasty bruise, and Rudy Gay still requires a couple of more weeks to mend a busted heel. Coach Popovich makes the most out of any personnel sent his way, but there’s only so much one can do without superstars in the NBA. A 5-5 record over their last ten implies a Spurs fall, but the team’s still 30-16 – good enough for third place in the western conference. Toronto’s rightly favored, but can’t take a night off.
Raptors Bench Looks To Feast
The Toronto Raptors have been fantastic this season because of the depth developed by the franchise over the past couple of seasons. Instead of giving up draft picks in a vain attempt to win quick, Toronto utilized their picks well and signed key contributors like C.J. Miles, creating one of the best bench units in the NBA. Their most stunning game was against the Cavaliers, combining to score 76 points in a 133-99 rout of LeBron. Fred VanVleet might not dress tonight, which would impact the bench.
Toronto Boasts Second Best Home Record
Toronto’s been making the most of home advantage this season, starting the year with the second-best home record in the NBA, a bit behind the Spurs. Even relatively slow and quiet home games – like the recent victory over the Pistons – seem to boost the Raps this season. Good thing the Spurs have the best home mark in the NBA, because San Antonio hasn’t played well on the road. The Spurs have a surprisingly mediocre 11-14 away from home, and they’re usually one of the better travelling teams.
Toronto’s Losing Trend Against Spurs
Another incredible stat that solidifies Coach Popovich’s legacy would be the Raptors incredible lack of success against San Antonio. Toronto’s winning percentage of 25.6% against the Spurs is the worst against any opposition. Over the past decade, Toronto has a 4-16 record against San Antonio. At full strength, the Spurs would be considered strong favorites to win this game. Toronto’s favored because the Raptors play extremely well at home and the Spurs lineup’s decimated by injury. Both factors create enough momentum to expect a rare Toronto win.
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