Detroit Pistons vs. San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs continue their annual rodeo road trip as they collide with the Detroit Pistons tonight. The Spurs are -4.5 point favorites over the Pistons with an over/under point total set at 197.
Head to head, the Spurs are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings while the underdog is 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings. The Pistons are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 vs. Western Conference. The Spurs on the other hand are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Central and 43-20-5 ATS in their last 68 games following a S.U. win, but just 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
If you’re a San Antonio Spurs fan, you have to be encouraged with the way your team has played in their last couple of weeks. Even though Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili have missed the majority of the Spurs last 11 games, that hasn’t stopped the Spurs from winning each contest as they have improved to a league-best 39-11. Let’s face it, Duncan and Ginobili won’t be around forever, yet, San Antonio has shown they can compete with the best of them without those two, which is an encouraging sign for when they both decide to retire.
While the Spurs are enjoying an 11-game winning streak, the Pistons find themselves in the midst of a three-game losing streak. There was a period not too long ago where it looked like Detroit was turning things around, however, that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore as they have reverted back to their losing ways, having now dropped seven of nine following their 93-90 home loss to Brooklyn on Wednesday.
I’m still not sure if Ginobili or Duncan will take the court tonight, but frankly it doesn’t matter because the Spurs have won 11 straight with little help from those two. While San Antonio is due for a loss sometime, I’m not betting against them until they give me a reason too.
San Antonio Spurs -4.5 Detroit Pistons