NBA Picks: San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Lakers

San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Wednesday, 3/19/14, 10:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  San Antonio -13.5
Current Betting Line:  San Antonio -13
Opening Total:  222
Current Total:  223
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

Los Angeles Lakers C Pau Gasol doesn't have much help in the starting lineup this season
Los Angeles Lakers C Pau Gasol doesn’t have much help in the starting lineup this season

San Antonio has won its last six games against Los Angeles by an average of 19.1 points, including last season’s first-round playoff sweep, which is important to consider when making your NBA betting picks.  The Spurs have three of five probable starters averaging double figures, with point guard Tony Parker leading the way at 17.5 points a contest.  It’s important to point out that he’s the only member of the roster averaging more than 30 minutes per game.  San Antonio is 8-0 SU and 6-2 ATS in March, with the OVER going 5-3 in that situation.

The Spurs are 24-8 SU on the road this season, including a 13-5 mark versus Western Conference opponents, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NBA betting lines.  San Antonio is riding a current 10-game winning streak, while it owns the distinction of being the only franchise in the league to be 10-or-more games above .500 in both home and road games.

Los Angeles had dropped its last two games, including a 119-85 setback to the Spurs as 17.5-point road underdogs last time out.  The Lakers have two of five probable starters averaging double figures, with center Pau Gasol leading the way at 17.7 points per game—finishing with 18 points and 11 rebounds in his last affair.  The franchise is a dismal 11-20 SU when playing at the Staples Center, but eight of those wins have come against conference rivals.  Los Angeles is 2-4 SU and 4-2 ATS when playing with three or more days rest this season.

The Lakers are 3-7 SU in their last 10 regular season games against the Spurs, while they’ve gone 12-15 SU in this series in non-postseason match ups at this venue.  Los Angeles ranks 12th in the league in scoring 101.8 points per game, but sits 29th in surrendering 108.4 points a contest.

Sports bettors will likely play the total, as the UNDER is 21-7 in the last 28 meetings in this rivalry.

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