Spurs v Lakers
The San Antonio Spurs dished out a beating to the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this week. Tonight, however, they’ll have to deal with the addition of Kobe Bryant as well.
The All Star is set to make his Lakers return after missing seven games through injury, as they attempt to close in on the Pacific Division title. What's more, a victory in Texas tonight would be enough to give them homecourt advantage in the first round of the play-offs.
What the Spurs desire is that perk all the way to the Finals. And with Chicago losing to Miami on Thursday, a win for San Antonio would leave them within touching distance of the Bulls and maintain their slender advantage over Oklahoma City in the race to top the Western Conference.
Conserving his players’ energies, Greg Popovich rested Tim Duncan in Wednesday’s rout of Sacramento but it underlines the Spurs depth that the rotation policy has been so effective. Even at a handicap of +6, it’s hard to see the Lakers coming close, but go under the line of 203.5 total points (at odds of 1.91) in this one.
Kings v Thunder
With one eye on that result, Oklahoma City will feel confident of keeping up their own chase in Sacramento. Last Friday, they trashed the Kings by 26 points and then on Wednesday, James Harden hit 40 in a tough win over Phoenix.
It could be the Kings penultimate game in Sacramento after a new arena deal fell apart but with the Lakers in their finale, they will likely go out with a whimper not a bang. Take the Thunder at 1.91 on a -10 handicap but with a Sunday trip to the Lakers, go under 213 total points as their starters rest up.
Bet of the Day: Go under 203.5 points in Lakers @ San Antonio at 1.91