Nets vs. Spurs Odds & Picks: Texas-Size Test

Jan 09, 2022
Nets vs. Spurs Odds & Picks: Texas-Size Test

Sports Betting is alive and well in New York! Thanks to the New York State Gaming Commission approving four sports betting platforms for mobile sports betting in the state this weekend, New York has officially entered the sports gambling world. We enjoy a full, multi-sport slate of action today with two NFL games and one NBA game. Let's take a close look at the Brooklyn Nets hosting the San Antonio Spurs.


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Nets vs. Spurs Betting Odds

Nets Spurs
Spread -10 +10
Moneyline -490 +380
Over/Under 225 (-110)

Nets vs. Spurs Best Bets

*Lines accurate at time of publication.

Spurs +10 vs. Nets (-110, DK)

This is the first meeting of the year between San Antonio and Brooklyn. Both teams have hovered around .500 the past two weeks, with the Spurs going 4-6 in their last 10 games, while the Nets are an even 5-5.

San Antonio has started to lock down opponents on defense—they are the 11th-most efficient defensive team the past two weeks. Brooklyn has trended in the opposite direction, ranking 26th over that same time period. The Nets celebrated the return of Kyrie Irving with a 129-121 victory at Indiana, but Irving is still not eligible to play in home games due to COVID-19 restrictions for unvaccinated players.

The Spurs have greatly improved on both ends of the floor with the return of leading-scorer Dejounte Murray from the health and safety protocols. Murray looked fantastic, tallying 27 points, nine rebounds and three steals in his return. While the Nets look superior on paper, the return of Murray makes 10 points too many to lay, even in Brooklyn.

San Antonio's last game with Murray was greatly affected by center Jakob Poeltl earning two fouls in the first two minutes. The Spurs were down 20 points to Philadelphia at the end of the first quarter, a deficit from which they never recovered. Poeltl should have a much easier battle against the Nets' undersized frontline, keeping San Antonio in the game and certainly within 10 points.

The Spurs have one of the NBA's best records against the spread at 21-17. That record is even better when you consider they failed to cover three of the five games without Murray. Brooklyn is one of the NBA's worst teams against the spread at 14-22-1. The only team with a worse betting record is Portland at 13-25.

I'll grab the Spurs +10 in a game they will keep close in a noon tip-off at the Barclays Center.

Risk: 1.10 units on DraftKings to win 1 unit. (Bet up to -120)

Nets vs. Spurs Game Total Under 225 Points (-110, DK)

Brooklyn has gone under this total in eight of their last 10 non-overtime home games. They are 20-17 to the under on the season, and 13-7 to the under at home. San Antonio is a tough road team under head coach Gregg Popovich, and they usually control the pace. The Spurs are 13-17-1 to the under on the road this season. As an away underdog? That record improves to 11-5-1 to the under.

The Spurs usually get their pace, and I expect the same against a Brooklyn team that will have to adjust again without Kyrie Irving. Without Irving, the Nets are a better defensive team, but a worse offensive team. I'll take the under 225 points for this Sunday matinee battle.

Risk: 1.10 units on DraftKings to win 1 unit. (Bet up to -120)

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