As the early season progresses, the 76ers host the Spurs! It’s time for another NBA odds prediction and pick involving the Spurs and 76ers.
The San Antonio Spurs are winless so far this season after last night’s victories against the Indiana Pacers and Charlotte Hornets. Although this club won’t be a contender, Gregg Popovich is still the head coach, thus they may find a way to repeat their exceptional record of covering the spread from the previous year. The Sixers are currently 0-2 after losing their first two games to the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks. The Sixers can recover well in this game.
NBA odds for Spurs vs. 76ers are provided here thanks to FanDuel.
NBA Odds: Spurs-76ers Odds
Spurs of San Antonio: +13.5 (-110)
Pennsylvania 76ers: 13.5 (-110)
Over: 224 (-110) (-110)
Under: 224 (-110)
Why The Spurs Could Cover The Spread
This team’s star is Keldon Johnson, who has averaged 21.5 points, seven rebounds, and five assists in two games. The only experienced player on the roster is Pop. The Spurs have an excellent opportunity to cover the spread tonight, though, and they have the talent to win games. SA outscored the Indiana Pacers by 137 points last night. Last night, there was zero defence played, and the Spurs took advantage, shooting 54% from the field.
The defence must be strengthened. They nearly imploded last night in the fourth quarter after losing a 17-point lead early on. They gave up 49 points to the Pacers. The defence needs to step up against the opponent they are playing tonight. The Sixers boast one of the NBA’s most complete squads, despite their lack of a victory. This Spurs team will always play hard every single night, that much is certain.
Why The 76ers Could Cover The Spread
Philadelphia must begin moving immediately. It’s possible that this will be that game. They should not be the overwhelming favourites in this game, but they are. The Sixers are coming off an 88-point performance, while SA is coming off a 137-point performance. Yes, the Sixers are the better team and have the better defenders, but if Philly isn’t careful, the Spurs can still score at will. Johnson and Josh Richardson must be contained at all costs by the Sixers (who is fresh off of 27 points).
In two games, James Harden has already had a fantastic season. He scored 31 points against the Bucks after scoring 35 against the Boston Celtics. In both of those games, he came very close to a triple-double, thus his worth is clearly shining right now. It will be up to those two to lead them over the Spurs tonight as Joel Embiid’s presence is a given. Tyrese Maxey averages 18 points a game, but if the Sixers want to improve, he must make other contributions as well. Only one assist and one rebound are averaged by him every game.
Final Spurs-76ers Prediction & Pick
The Sixers will win this game, there is no doubt in my mind about that. Due to the high spread, the Spurs are the team to pick here since they consistently find a way to cover it. Even though the Sixers should triumph, bet on San Antonio to cover the spread on the road.
Spurs-76ers final Pick and Prediction: San Antonio Spurs +13.5 (-110)
The first version of this article published on ClutchPoints: NBA Odds: Spurs vs. 76ers forecast, odds, and selection – 10/22/2022.