NBA Expert Picks: Toronto At San Antonio

Posted by Henry Watkins on Monday,January 2, 2017 12:18, EDT in

Monday represents the first full week of the NBA betting season in 2017, and we are closing in quite quickly on the halfway point. At this stage of the season, there are no major surprises, as the teams that we expected to be at the top of their respective conferences are right up there where they belong. There are several big games on tap this coming week, but perhaps none as big as the one that sees the Toronto Raptors head into San Antonio to play the Spurs on Tuesday night. Both teams are off to a very good start, and both are sitting in second place in their respective conferences. They are also both on a very good run of form at the moment, which makes this meeting all the more compelling. The Raptors have an excellent road record this season, but will they be able to maintain that against a team that is at their very best when playing on home court? This is a game that has to be considered a must watch.

In Depth Analysis On The NBA Expert Picks: Raptors At Spurs

When: Tuesday, January 3 at 8:30 PM EST
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio
TV: Tigo Sports
Radio: CJCL and WOAI
Live Stream: NBA League Pass
NBA Odds: TBA

 

 

Why bet on the Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors have been very good on the road this season, putting together a 12-5 record to this point. A big part of their success this year has been their ability to score a lot of points, with their 111.2 PPG up near the top of the scoring averages. If there is a question mark with this team, it is their play against the other contenders in the NBA. While they have been able to hang with the likes of the Warriors, Cavaliers, and Clippers, they generally end up losing those games. They have split the season series with the Spurs in each of the last two years, but you have to go all the way back to 2007 to find the last time they won in San Antonio.

Why bet on the San Antonio Spurs

If you want to talk about a model of consistency in the NBA, then you need to talk about the San Antonio Spurs. With the retirement of Tim Duncan, they would have had an excuse for a bit of a drop off this season, but they just keep on rolling, and are just 2 games back of the Golden State Warriors at the top of the Western Conference. They are, as always, getting it done with defense, as their 98.3 PPG given up has them sitting third in the NBA. They are one a real roll, having gone an impressive 8-2 in their last 10 games. It should also be noted that they have won their last 8 home meetings versus the Raptors.

 

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Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like the Spurs to extend their home winning streak against Toronto, but I think this game is going to go right down to the wire. I expect this to be incredibly close, with perhaps a single score being the decider.

Toronto Raptors 103 San Antonio Spurs 105