The lone nationally televised game on the Saturday NBA betting slate pits the Phoenix Suns against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center.
The Suns won a huge game on the road last night against the Houston Rockets to keep their playoff hopes alive, but they are still going to need a heck of a good run over the course of the last two weeks of the season to get into the postseason. The good news is that after this one is over, the next four and five of the last six are going to be played at home, where Phoenix is a significantly better team in general. The bad news though, is that in those last handful of games include two duels with these Spurs and one with each of Oklahoma City, LA, and Denver. Yikes. Still, we really love the way that this team plays when it is running up and down the court, and that is exactly what should be happening on Saturday night in the Lone Star State. Steve Nash has his team running right now after dropping 112 on the Rockets last night, and he had another seemingly prototypical game of 18 points and 10 assists without really doing all that much wrong along the way.
We really don’t talk about the Spurs all that often, but perhaps we should. They are on the verge of being the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference for the second straight year, and this year’s team just doesn’t feel like it is going to fall apart against an inferior team in the postseason as it did last year against the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round. Thanks to some injuries at the start of the season, Head Coach Gregg Popovich knows that he has a very deep team to work with this season. Tony Parker is playing like an MVP, averaging 18.7 points and 7.7 assists per game, while Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili are just both going about their business on a nightly basis and getting into double figures in scoring just about every night. Still, if you look at the rest of the guys on this roster that are big time contributors, you have to be impressed with the depth. Gary Neal, DeJuan Blair, Tiago Splitter, Danny Green, and now Stephen Jackson, Kawhi Leonard, and Matt Bonner – all of these players are averaging at least 7.0 points per game for San Antonio this year, and all of them can go off for double-digit nights every time out.
The Final Word: The Spurs are quite good, but this is a heck of a lot of points to be giving to a Phoenix team that is playing like its life depends on it at the moment. We do think that San Antonio is going to get the job done and notch another victory, but the Suns definitely should be able to stick within double digits on Saturday night.
Phoenix Suns @ San Antonio Spurs Pick: Phoenix Suns +9.5
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