Spurs Hoping for Better Defense Against the RocketsPosted by: Anthony Yaylor
Besides the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers, the San Antonio Spurs had the best online NBA betting odds to win the title ahead of the 2016-17 season. Which was considerate, especially when taking into account the fact that this would be the first season San Antonio would step onto the court without Tim Duncan. No one was quite sure how the Spurs would handle the loss of a future Hall of Famer, but in his place San Antonio brought in Pau Gasol to help cover the loss of such a valued player. The Spurs started the season on a high note by upsetting the team that most basketball betting sites had listed as the absolute favorite to win the NBA’s title this season, the Golden State Warriors. Upsetting the Warriors in their opener instantly validated this San Antonio team, and the Spurs would follow their opening day win with several other impressive showings.
After defeating Golden State, San Antonio would go on to win three consecutive games against the Sacramento Kings, the New Orleans Pelicans, and the Miami Heat. Unfortunately, their winning streak would be snapped by 91-106 loss against the Utah Jazz. The Spurs quickly bounced back in their next game against the Jazz, avenging their loss 100-86. However, the Spurs would once again taste defeat, this time against the Los Angeles Clippers, losing 92-116. Now at 5-2, San Antonio will prepare to face off against their Texan rival.
On Wednesday, November 9th, the San Antonio Spurs will be welcoming the Houston Rockets into their side of town to face off in the AT&T Arena. The opening tip off will be at 9:30 PM EST and fans looking to catch the broadcast can do so on ESPN. The Rockets will be coming off their Monday night game against the Washington Wizards and given how poor Houston has been this season (they’re currently ranked 9th in the Western Conference) most online NBA betting lines are going to be tilted in San Antonio’s favor.
Despite what the online NBA betting odds have to say about San Antonio’s next matchup, their loss against the Clippers raised some irritating concerns regarding this team. Specifically, how well is Pau Gasol fitting in? Gasol’s talents are irrefutable; this is the man that led the Olympics in scoring while playing for Spain. But playing alongside Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge has forced the six time All-Star to adjust and take a back seat in scoring. Gasol is obviously Duncan’s replacements, but right now the Spurs are asking more of Gasol defensively than offensively.
“I have to be better defensively to give the first unit a little more strength defensively, since I’m not going to be carrying as much load offensively as I’m used to,” Gasol stated. “Just trying to adjust as quickly as possible, trying to understand what’s asked of me at all times kind of thing, and at the same time play my game and be myself.”
The Spurs 5-2 record suggests things aren’t all that bad, in fact they’re going pretty good.