The NBA betting regular season wraps up on Thursday night at Oracle Arena with the final nationally televised game of the year between the San Antonio Spurs and the Golden State Warriors.
The Spurs decided that they were going to sit Gary Neal, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker last night against the Phoenix Suns, and they still were able to win yet another game, marking their ninth straight win both SU and ATS in a row. We expect to see the same four guys sitting in this one, and once again, we know that Head Coach Gregg Popovich is going to be using a slew of guys in rotation as to not wear anyone out. Patty Mills scored 27 against the Suns, proving that he can play at this level, and he should be a starter once again in this one. Meanwhile, San Antonio got a great contribution off of the bench from Tiago Splitter, who shot 10-of-13 from the field and 6-of-7 from the charity stripe, coming up with 26 points in just 20 minutes on the court. The team still shot 46.6 percent from the field on a whopping 88 shots in spite of the fact that most of the big names were sitting this one out. It is a true testament to just how deep this team is, and we expect to see plenty more where that came from tonight.
Meanwhile, Golden State is basically the anti-deep team. Oh, we have seen plenty of players suit up this year for the Warriors, but the mass majority of them that are on the court right now are merely D-League type of guys that are only playing out the string for a team that will look very, very different next year. Andris Biedrins, Nate Robinson, Dorrell Wright, Stephen Curry, David Lee, and Andrew Bogut are all sitting the finale out, and that might only leave nine healthy bodies, including the likes of Dominic McGuire, Mikki Moore, and Mickell Gladness to play in this game. About the only viable options are Richard Jefferson, who was traded from the Spurs to the Warriors at the trade deadline, and Klay Thompson, who has pleasantly turned into a great shooting option with Curry out injured and Monta Ellis now playing for the Milwaukee Bucks. Still, this team tries to run and run as fast as it can, and in spite of the lack of talent that is on the court, there is still no doubt that the team can score. That’s how it has four covers in a row coming into this final game of the year.
The Final Word: Yuck. The Warriors try really hard to get the job done, but in the end, the players on the court for the Spurs know that they still have something to play for. A win parlayed with a loss by the Chicago Bulls, and San Antonio would have home court advantage in the NBA Finals should those two teams meet up. There’s just no reason to think that the Spurs just won’t keep on rolling into the postseason.
San Antonio Spurs @ Golden State Warriors Pick: San Antonio Spurs
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