The teams met at New Orleans on Monday and the Spurs routed the Hornets 106-92 in NBA betting. The Spurs are solid favorites to repeat that result in this game on Friday.
Basketball betting has seen the Spurs win 7 of the last 10 against the Hornets. They are just 4-6 against the NBA betting odds even though they did cover on Monday. The Spurs have won and covered all three games against the Hornets this season. They won 113-96 at home back in October in basketball betting. Three of the last four games between the two at San Antonio have gone over the NBA betting total. The Hornets have not won a season series against the Spurs since moving to New Orleans and they are not going to win this year either.
The situation doesn’t do New Orleans any favors since the Spurs have been off since winning on Monday while the Hornets played on Wednesday against Memphis. The Hornets are nearly out of the playoff race in the Western Conference and by the time Chris Paul comes back it will probably be too late. The Hornets do not have the statistics of a playoff team. They are below average in points per game and in points allowed per game. Ranking 17th and 19th respectively is simply not going to get it done in basketball betting. Without Chris Paul they simply do not have enough offense to win on a nightly basis and their defense isn’t very good either.
The Spurs have a winning record at 34-24 overall but they still have a losing record against the basketball betting odds. They are 27-30-1 against the NBA betting line this season. At home they are just above the break even mark in basketball betting at 16-14-1. The Spurs have a pretty good defense as they rank 9th in the league but their offense is still questionable as they are 15th in the league as basketball betting statistics indicate. Tim Duncan leads the team in scoring and that tells you a lot right there since he has seen better days. The Spurs oftentimes look old but against the Hornets it shouldn’t matter since San Antonio has had all week to rest.