This being an odd calendar year, one might expect the NBA playoffs betting title to once again find its way back to San Antonio. But with the team aging and Manu Ginobli injured, this could be the toughest challenge the team has faced in a long time.
Bet on NBA playoffs action has been dominated by the Spurs over the past ten years. No team has been as successful and NBA playoffs betting fans have grown accustomed to seeing this team challenge for the title year in and year out. But times have changed and Tim Duncan’s output has dropped slightly and team’s aging veterans are another year older. The injury to Manu is also a major blow to the team’s bet on NBA playoffs hopes.
But make no mistake, the Spurs are still very much a contender and it all starts at the top. Greg Popovich may the most underappreciated coach in the history of NBA playoffs betting. He quietly goes about his work, but year in and year out no team is better coached or better prepared for the bet on NBA playoffs action than the Spurs. It is a very smart basketball team that makes up for some of its athletic deficiencies by simply playing smarter basketball than its opponent. And no team has been better at picking up obscure journeymen and turning them into star roll players in the regular season and the bet on NBA playoffs.
This year Roger Mason Jr. has been the latest journeyman to step into that role and he’ll have to continue to play big in the NBA playoffs betting. Without Manu creating penetration on the offensive end Tony Parker will also have to be very aggressive in attacking the defenses of the team’s opponents. The Spurs face the Mavs in the first round and should advance to the second round of the bet on NBA playoffs action.
After that the competition will be greatly intensified and the Spurs will have to rely upon their basketball smarts and experience to carry them deeper into the bet on NBA playoffs. This team has its obvious flaws and there are teams that look better on paper, but it’s also very hard to bet against the Spurs. One thing is for sure, this is probably the Spurs last real shot at reaching the NBA Finals again anytime soon.
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