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Spurs Lakers Betting - Spurs And Lakers Joust For Seeding Slots In The West

Posted by Craig Parsons on 4/16/2012 8:08:37 PM

The San Antonio Spurs are fighting hard for the top seed in the NBA's Western Conference. The Los Angeles Lakers are fighting just as hard for the third seed in the West. They meet Tuesday.

San Antonio Spurs @ Los Angeles Lakers - Tuesday, April 17 

Sports betting line: No line

Why San Antonio Will Win

The professional basketball analysts who will be assessing this NBA contest will calmly point out that even though the Lakers have won four out of five games without Kobe Bryant over the past week and a half, this is the kind of game in which the Lakers need their star to be healthy and whole. San Antonio has surprised NBA experts throughout the season, showing levels of resilience and durability that have catapulted a relatively old team to the top tier of the Western Conference. Yes, the Spurs flamed out in the playoffs last year, but the Memphis Grizzlies were a terrible match up for them.

If the Spurs can get the number one seed in the West this year, they could have a very favorable draw in the first round and a manageable draw in the second round. This is a team that – due to the retirement of Phil Jackson last year – has the best active coach in the league, Gregg Popovich, a master at plugging holes and getting role players to meet the needs of a given situation at a given point in time. San Antonio has had answers throughout the course of this season. With Kobe far from 100 percent for this game, the Spurs should be able to defend the Lakers without too much difficulty, and they should be able to get scoring from enough complementary parts to outmaneuver and outflank the Lake Show in this contest.

Why Los Angeles Will Win

When you do your homework and assess your sports bet on this game, you'll note that the Lakers have not suffered in the absence of Kobe Bryant. Andrew Bynum is still a beast in the low post, a load for any big man – including San Antonio's Tim Duncan – to deal with. Pau Gasol is taking it upon himself to carry more of the scoring load, specifically by shooting three-pointers to extend defenses and draw other pivot players out of the lane.

The Lakers are working to pry open opportunities at the offensive end of the court and play a more elastic and flexible kind of basketball. Kobe Bryant, though not in the lineup the past week and a half, was seen exhorting his teammates from the bench in civilian clothes this past Sunday against the Dallas Mavericks. Knowing that their teammate is emotionally invested in their success will keep the Lakers, to a man, motivated to play as well as possible against San Antonio. Los Angeles, with supreme defensive energy, will be in very good position to win this clash.

Who Will Win

It’s San Antonio's offense versus Los Angeles' defense. It's important to remember that Kobe Bryant is a high-level defender, not just a really good scorer. That component of the puzzle should give the Spurs the sportsbook edge they need on the road.

NBA Basketball Betting Pick: San Antonio



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