Will two losses Spur on San Antonio to beat Boston?
The San Antonio Spurs will be glad of home comforts when they face the Boston Celtics on Saturday after ending their road trip with rare consecutive losses. Although Tony Parker has been scoring at a clip, there were a few signs of fatigue in those defeats with his team failing to reach the 100-point mark after failing to drop below 110 in their previous four games.
They’re 9-3 when out-rebounding opponents and with the Celtics struggling inside, Tim Duncan could deal out some punishment on an old foe. His match-ups with Kevin Garnett have always been ferocious and even with time ticking down on their respective careers, this one should be no different. Expect San Antonio to get back on track and even with a handicap of -9, they’re good value at 1.91.
Two of the NBA’s most surprising teams go head to head when the Atlanta Hawks host Golden State. Neither team had a winning record when they met in California 31 days ago when the Warriors snatched a 92-88 victory. But since that night, they’ve gone 12-4 with the Hawks 11-3 over that stretch.
Atlanta’s key is their tough defence, anchored by Al Horford who missed last month’s meeting and that should keep this a close one. In games decided by 9 points or less, the Warriors are 12-3 and with an impressive road record, they might just steal one. They’re available at 3.12 to win.
The Warriors’ last victims were Miami, and with the Heat losing three of their last five, the champions will relish the visit of lowly Washington to get back on track - or so you’d think. The last time, the teams met, earlier this month, the Wizards pulled off the shock of the season so far with a 105-101 win. Don’t bet on that happening again though with the Heat at 1.04 and the Wizards at a mammoth 16.00.
Bet of the Day: Take Golden State to beat Atlanta at 3.12.