|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NBAThe Spurs depart the Lone Star State for the long journey to the shores of Lake Erie, as San Antonio meets up with the Cleveland Cavaliers in Quickens Loans Arena at 7:00ET tonight.
San Antonio may be a tired group, as this is their third game in four days of this years compressed NBA schedule. However, they should be happy as well, being that they have won seven straight and are 10-1 in their last 11. On Saturday night, at the AT&T Center the Spurs beat a good Indiana team 112-103. In that one, Tim Duncan had a double, double leading all players scoring 23 and went 9 for 9 at the charity stripe while missing but one free throw in his last 22 attempts. Tony Parker netted 18 points and Manu Ginobeli had 18 of his own.
Duncan's nine free throws were the literal difference in this nine point victory, being that the Pacers actually shot better from the field 53 to 50 percent, but were outscored from the line 27-14. San Antonio (36-14) currently trails Oklahoma City by 2.5 games for the top spot in the Western Conference, but by just one in the all important loss column. They are 15-10 on the road.
Watch out for a trap game here though, as Spurs coach Paul Popovich may choose to give extended playing time to his bench in anticipation of yet another game with the suddenly surging Boston Celtics tomorrow. The Spurs have lost 2 of the last 3 played at Quickens Loan Arena too.
The Cavs are doing anything but surge of late, dropping their last 7. A bit of a bright spot should be the return of Kyrie Irving who did not play against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. Antawn Jamison led Cleveland in scoring with just 13 points. The Cavs committed 19 turnovers. New York returned the favor with 17.
The Spurs have won the last 3 games played versus the Cavs. San Antonio is a 9 point road favorite in the sportsbook website with a $110/$100 moneyline. Another wager of $110 will be required for the over/under of 202.5.