The San Antonio Spurs Are Struggling, But Things Aren't That Bad - Page 3
As I predicted (but had not published), Chicago not only covered, but actually beat the Spurs. The Spurs have become a classic "trap team" for Vegas. San Antonio is a well-respected, tough, defensive minded team — why shouldn't they be able to beat Chicago at home? This is the reasoning of the average Joe. But perception and reality are two different entities. Vegas knows this and lured thousands of bettors, sports writers, SpursTalkers and fans alike: "The Spurs are a 7 point favorite? At home? They should easily win by at least 8 ..."
Turning to tonight's home game against Hotlanta, San Antonio is a 3 point favorite and slight moneyline favorite. This is a more reasonable line and I personally wouldn't want to lay money on this game. Although a slight lean towards Hotlanta is possible, considering Manu just said he would become a free agent on July 1st and that the Spurs might attempt to trade for Amar'e.
There's also the possibility Pops could rest Tony, Timmy or 'Tonio. Right now San Antonio has too many distractions and not enough momentum. The perception of the team is slowly changing, in Vegas, on the internet, and in reality. But, despite the "mere 58 percent win percentage," San Antonio has a long way to go before their reputation is as bad as the L.A. Clippers or the New Jersey Nets. Relax, for now.