Although the Spurs won that game outright they did not cover the basketball betting odds.
Basketball bet had the teams splitting the season series last year and they have split the season series in three of the last four years. This has been a home team series as the Spurs have won five straight against the 76ers in San Antonio while the Sixers have won the last two in Philadelphia and seven of the last nine. In the earlier meeting this season the Spurs won mainly because Philadelphia shot the ball poorly. The 76ers shot just 39.3% for the game. Tim Duncan led all scorers with 22 points for San Antonio while Andre Iguodala had 21 to lead Philadelphia. The Bench was huge for the Spurs as they outscored the Philadelphia reserves 49-15.
San Antonio may be the popular team to take with a basketball bet in this matchup but the trends don’t support the Spurs. San Antonio has won 7 of the last 10 against Philadelphia but they are just 2-7-1 against the basketball betting line in those games. Three of the last four meetings between the teams in Philly have gone over the basketball betting total.
San Antonio is still trying to win with an aging roster. Tim Duncan leads the team in scoring but he is no longer a dominant force. The Spurs are just 14th in the league on offense as basketball bet numbers indicate. Their defense is 8th in the league which is pretty good. San Antonio simply doesn’t score enough points though to consistently cover the basketball bet point spread.
Philadelphia has not been a good team at home vs. the basketball bet line. They have been far better on the road. At home they have been a big money loser in basketball betting. Philadelphia has been playing much better without Allen Iverson in the lineup but he could return and that may end up hurting the Sixers more than helping them. Philadelphia has an offense that is in the bottom third of the league as basketball bet statistics indicated, while their defense is just below average. Andre Iguodala has been leading the team in scoring at just over 17 points per game.