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NBA Betting News and Notes Wednesday, October 30

NBA Betting News and Notes Wednesday, October 30

NBA: Streaks, Tips, Notes

Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors

Toronto hasn’t changed much from last season but with Rudy Gay in for an entire season and a healthier Kyle Lowry the Raptors could see some nice improvements over last years 34-48 (41-40-1 ATS ) performance. Off a successful 6-1 preseason the Raptors get down to serious business Wednesday when they open the campaign against Boston Celtics at the Air Canada Center. Raptors have not enjoyed much success vs C's the past six seasons posting a 7-20 (8-18-1 ATS) mark including 5-8 (4-9 ATS) playing north of the border. But, Rajon Rondo with a weakened supporting cast now that Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are out of the picture no reason to think Raptors can't get off to a winning start. Raps a solid 7-2 (5-4 ATS) when tipping off the season at home in October, Celtics 1-4 (2-3 ATS) in their last five opening road games the lean is towards Raptors.

Memphis Grizzlies at San Antonio Spurs

San Antonio Spurs off a 73-30 (53-48-2 ATS) season missing a franchise fifth NBA title by one game open the campaign against Memphis Grizzlies (64-33, 57-38-2 ATS) the team they swept in the Western Conference finals. Spurs a model of consistency at the AT&T Center in San Antonio posting a 43-8 (25-24-2 ATS) record last year, 78-13 (55-32-4 ATS) mark the past two seasons have opened 5-point favorites. Sports bettors who keep a close watch on the boys from Alamo City won't hesitate laying the points. The Spurs are on an 18-0 (12-6 ATS) stretch hosting a division opponent, have won 16-of-17 (9-8 ATS) regular season meetings on home court vs Grizzlies. The kicker for those taking the time to dig deeper into betting numbers, Grizzlies are on an 0-12 (2-10 ATS) skid in season openers.

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Grizzlies at Spurs: What Bettors Need to Know

Memphis Grizzlies at San Antonio Spurs (-5.5, 188.5)

The San Antonio Spurs dealt the whole offseason with the pain of just missing the franchise’s fifth NBA title. They take the first steps toward recovery Wednesday when they host the Memphis Grizzlies, the team they swept in the Western Conference finals before losing to the Miami Heat in the oh-so-close championship series. The cores of both teams return, although Memphis has a new coach with former assistant David Joerger taking over for Lionel Hollins.

Both teams are expected to again compete in the talent-laden West, and San Antonio will do its best to shake its postseason heartbreak — but it won’t be easy. “We’re gonna continue to think about it, because it’s going to continue to hurt whether we talk about it or let it go or not,” Spurs star Tim Duncan said at the team’s media day last month. “When the regular season starts and the ball goes up, then we’ve got to focus on a whole ‘nother season.”

ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES (2012-13: 56-26, 46-34-2 ATS): Memphis returns all the key pieces from last year’s team that set a franchise record for wins. Defensive Player of the Year Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph are one of the league’s most formidable frontcourt duos, and Mike Conley has become a dependable point guard. The Grizzlies had a relatively quiet offseason but added big man Kosta Koufos and sharpshooter Mike Miller.

ABOUT THE SPURS (2012-13: 58-24, 39-41-2 ATS): The NBA’s model franchise for consistency didn’t do anything to shake that label in the offseason. Coach Gregg Popovich is back for his 18th season, and Duncan is right behind him with 17. With those two around, San Antonio has long been one of the league’s most difficult destinations for opponents, and that was no different last year when the Spurs went 35-6 at home in the regular season.


* Over is 11-5 in the last 16 meetings in San Antonio.
* Underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.
* Road team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.
* Grizzlies are 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings.


1. Popovich has been coaching the Spurs three times longer than the league’s next longest-tenured coach (Eric Spoelstra, who is entering his sixth season in Miami).

2. The Grizzlies have not won a season opener since the franchise moved to Memphis before the 2001-02 season.

3. The teams split their four regular-season games last year.

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