76ers vs. Spurs Prediction
Can the 76ers keep pace with the Spurs tonight when they visit San Antonio as a massive road underdog at 8:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Spurs are 15-point home favorites versus the 76ers after opening as a 13.5-point favorite. As for the total, the number hit the board at 209.5 and has been bet up to 211.
Philadelphia has won six of its last 10 games overall and is 7-3 against the spread during that stretch, but is coming off an ugly 113-95 loss at Dallas on Wednesday night. Ersan Ilyasova did post a double-double in the loss, scoring 13 points with 10 rebounds. Nerlens Noel also scored eight points with three rebounds in just 17 minutes of play while coming off the bench in the loss.
The Spurs have now won seven of their last 10 games and are 6-4 at the betting window over that same 10-game stretch. Their 108-94 win over the Thunder on Tuesday as a 9.5-point favorite was their first win in three games, following consecutive losses to the Pelicans and Mavericks. In their win over Oklahoma City, Kawhi Leonard scored 36 points while hitting 13-of-26 from the field and 9-of-11 from the line.
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OUR PREDICTION: The 76ers have covered the spread in 13 of their last 17 games overall, are 5-2 against the number in their last seven games playing on zero rest, and are 9-2 at the betting window in their last 11 games after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game. The Spurs, meanwhile, are just 1-4 against the spread in their last five games against an opponent with a winning percentage below .400.
THURSDAY NBA PREDICTION: PHILADELPHIA 76ERS +15