March 12, 2013 at 9:56 AM #48841
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2013 NBA Basketball Betting
The San Antonio Spurs have to wonder how much they have in the tank at a point in time when their best player is on the shelf. The Minnesota Timberwolves could very well ambush them.
San Antonio Spurs @ Minnesota Timberwolves – Tuesday, March 12
Online sports betting line: No line
Why San Antonio Will Win
When consulting betonline reviews, you simply can’t deny that the San Antonio Spurs are damaged goods right now, without Tony Parker in their lineup. Yet, they should be able to find enough defense – not necessarily offense – to beat Minnesota. The Timberwolves, one must remember, are still without big man Kevin Love, the team’s superstar and its soul as well. Love is not just a great player, but a high-energy player who sets a great example on the court. Love is needed for his passion, not just his excellence. He fires up his teammates when he’s available to play, and in addition to his high levels of production, he enables other players on the floor to perform their own roles. With Love grabbing 15 rebounds, guards don’t have to crash the glass all the time and can get back in transition on defense. With Love extending defenses by hitting long jumpers in addition to playing a low-post game, defenses have to account for so much more when playing Minnesota.
Love’s absence will enable San Antonio’s defense to contain the Timberwolves on a consistent basis. Minnesota’s offense might be able to have some success with Ricky Rubio’s dribble penetration, but if Rubio doesn’t have a finisher to give the ball to, the T-Wolves simply can’t be as effective as they want to be. San Antonio’s backups, properly embarrassed by the way they played this past Friday night against Portland in a 136-106 loss, are going to deliver a better effort this time around, leading the Spurs to a road win.
Why Minnesota Will Win
No matter which bookies you trust, a realistic and thoughtful sport betting perspective will certainly enable you to pick the Timberwolves in this contest. First of all, the absence of Tony Parker has clearly placed a lot of added pressure on the Spurs’ role players to produce. On some nights, the Spurs will be up to the challenge, but the key realization to make is that those role players won’t always deliver the goods. San Antonio is now an erratic and much less dependable team with Parker on the shelf due to an injury. Parker was the most reliable player on the Spurs this season. He was the engine that made the offense function smoothly. His quickness facilitated a devastating drive-and-kick game, feeding the Spurs’ wing shooters for open threes.
Parker’s ability to get into the lane has been lethal for opposing defenses, but with that weapon out of the Spurs’ arsenal, this team becomes so much easier to defend.The other thing that has to be noted about this contest is that San Antonio played Oklahoma City on Monday night. That’s a high-energy game which will take a lot out of the Spurs on an emotional level. The quick bounce-back in this back-to-back set could very easily catch the Spurs off guard.
Who Will Win
It’s hard to bet against the Spurs, even though they could be flat after playing Oklahoma City the night before. The absence of Kevin Love from the Minnesota lineup is too significant to ignore.
Read more on the latest sportsbook odds for NBA basketball in 2013.
NBA Betting Pick: San Antonio
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