NBA Wednesday Night on The Hardwood: San Antonio Spurs Vs. Toronto Raptors
The MVP of the East
Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors is the league’s best player and in all likelihood will repeat as league MVP. But what if he all of a sudden stopped playing basketball. Who would the NBA anoint as league MVP? Through a quarter of the season the Toronto Raptors point guard – Kyle Lowry – is a strong candidate. Lowry ranks 10th in the league in points with 22.2 per game, 17th in assists with 6.2 per game and he leads the NBA with 2.6 steals per game. The Raptors have been struggling with injuries over the past few weeks, making Lowry performance all the more impressive and important for his team’s success.
The Next Best Thing
The Warriors recording setting start to the season has diminished the Spurs very strong 18-4 start. The Spurs are the NBA’s model franchise, making the playoffs for 18 straight season and winning 5 NBA Championships since 1999. The Spurs have a perfect mixture of veterans and youth in their starting lineup and have consistently maximized their bench players’ productivity over the Greg Popovich coaching era.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Toronto Raptors
The Spurs come to Toronto as a reasonably sized favourite at -5 on most lines. The Spurs are arguably the second best team in the league and have dominated the Raptors over the last half dozen seasons winning 12 of 13 games. The Raptors are one of the best teams in the East this season and are 13-8-1 against the spread - that includes two covers against the NBA’s best team the Golden State Warriors. It’s a tough game to pick a clear cut winner in as the Spurs are 7-4 on the road, compared to 11-0 at home. The Raptors have the talent to play the Spurs well and can conceivably win so they are a good bet to at least keep it close. The under is another good option as the last time the Spurs came North of the border the two teams combined for 169 points.
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