NBA Prediction Tuesday Night Preview- San Antonio vs. Chicago

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San Antonio Spurs (46-16, 23-8 away) @ Chicago Bulls (35-28, 19-11 home) 03/10- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: SAS -4.0

Over/Under: 188.0

 

The red-hot San Antonio Spurs will be looking for revenge on the road against another team that has been playing well of late… the Chicago Bulls, as both teams will battle on Tuesday night at the United Center.

 

All the Spurs have done since the Bulls beat them 96-86 back in January is rattle off 13 of 16 wins and are enjoying a six-game win streak all while going on a offensive surge scoring an average of 106.6 points per game over their last 16 games while allowing 101.6 points per contest.

 

Last Thursday, the Spurs (46-16) were able to exact revenge on the Miami Heat with a 111-87 home win and will be looking for the same results against the defensive minded Bulls who also defeated the Heat at home on Sunday with a 95-88 overtime win.

 

Following their big win over the two-time defending champions, San Antonio survived a letdown at the hands of the lowly Orlando Magic on Saturday night with a 121-112 victory to keep their winning streak alive.

 

It’s always hard after a big win against Miami, the emotions,” Tony Parker said. “We wanted to make sure we didn’t come out flat, and Orlando, they came out firing.” They were shooting the ball very well from outside. They are young and wanted to prove something. They made it hard on us but it’s a big win for us.”

 

As well as the Spurs have been playing since their Chicago defeat, the Bulls (35-28) have also been on fire winning eleven of their last fourteen games and six of seven at home as they have been playing balanced basketball averaging 93.1 on offense and allowing 92.2 on defense.

 

They are a team with heart that plays hard for all 48 minutes and Sunday’s big win over the Heat as given them more of reason to feel good about themselves as the playoffs near.

 

I want what they have—a championship,” Joakim Noah said of the Heat. “One day, we are going to have to get through those guys.”

 

Chicago is in the middle of a challenging six-game stand that has seen them lose to the Memphis Grizzlies and bounce back with a huge win over the Heat, but after the Spurs will still be faced with the likes of the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder. Wow… talk about a tough stretch games! No doubt, defense will be the key for the Bulls to contain these high scoring teams in the coming days.

 

The Spurs have lost five-of-eight to the Bulls in the series, but oddsmakers have given the edge for Tuesday’s game making them a (minus -4.0) point favorite in Chicago where they will be looking for their second straight win in the Windy City. In what promises to be an entertaining well-played game for both teams, stay in the know with all the latest spreads on the game up until tipoff right here at Wonder Punter.

 

Tough one to call on this one as both teams are playing great ball, but I will favor the home-town Bulls to win in a close one as they continue to build their confidence as they playoffs near.

 

Prediction/Pick- Chicago

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

NBA Prediction Thursday Night Preview/Pick- Heat vs. Spurs

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Miami Heat (43-15, 19-10 away) @ San Antonio Spurs (44-16, 21-8 home) 03/06- 8PM EST

 

Line: SAS -3.0

Over/Under: 209.0

 

The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs will clash for the second time this season on Thursday night in a rematch from last year’s NBA Finals.

 

The Heat look to bounce back after a tough 106-103 loss at the hands of the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night that saw LeBron James score just 22 points a night after going off for 61 points in a 124-107 win over the Charlotte Bobcats.

 

Playing on the second of a back-to-back, it is safe say the four-time MVP James didn’t have much left in the tank after having the best night of career the night before. James went only 1 of 7 in the second half and spent most of the beginning of the fourth quarter on the bench.

 

I fought through it in the first half. Second half it just wasn’t there for me,” James said. “Got out of rhythm.”

 

Even with an exhausted James unable to perform to his fullest, the Heat (43-15) made a game of it and had their chances in the fourth quarter but just weren’t able to get over the hump as Michael Beasley and Dwayne Wade both scored 24 points apiece to help keep the Heat close.

 

We were able to push back in the fourth quarter and tie the game up,” Wade said. “But we had to exhaust so much energy trying to come back.”

 

With a Wednesday day off, Miami hopes to enter Thursday’s contest a little better rested as they look to sweep the regular-season series over the Spurs following a blowout 113-101 win back in Miami on Jan 26 that saw the Heat lead by as much as 29 points.

 

The Spurs (44-16) hope to have a better showing in the 3-point department come Thursday after going just 6 of 22 from beyond the arc back in Miami. The Spurs will also have a better compliment of starting players against the Heat on Thursday night after missing Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard and Tiago Splitter in the first matchup.

 

San Antonio is 4-1 is their last five games and have been getting it done from long range distance and sharing the basketball, where in their 122-101 victory at Cleveland on Tuesday night, the Spurs hit 12 of their final 18 3-point attempts and the team combined for 39 assists on 43 field goals.

 

That doesn’t happen very often,” coach Gregg Popovich said. “We’ve been doing that really well all year long, but that’s a ridiculous ratio right there.”

 

Those numbers won’t come as easy as they did on Tuesday night for the Spurs but the oddsmakers have given San Antonio the edge making them a (minus -3.0) point favorite but stay up to date on the latest spread up until game time right here at Wonder Punter.

 

The Heat have dominated the Spurs of late winning their last five regular-season game but I will favor the Spurs to get it done at home in what is expected to be a great game.

 

Prediction/Pick- San Antonio

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

NBA Prediction Tuesday Game Preview/Pick- San Antonio vs. Houston

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NBA Free Pick & Prediction Spurs vs. rockets 2024

San Antonio Spurs (33-11, 16-4 away) @ Houston Rockets (29-17, 18-7 home) 01/28- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: HOU -1.5

Over/Under: 212.0

 

The San Antonio Spurs coming off a bad game loss at the hands of the Miami Heat will try to avoid losing consecutive games as they travel into Houston to take on a Rockets team that will try to avoid their third straight in an important Western Conference showdown on Tuesday night.

 

The Spurs (33-11) lead the second-place Rockets (29-17) in the Southwest Division by five games, but have dropped three of five while the Rockets suffered back-to-back losses in a home-and-home series matchup against the surging Memphis Grizzlies.

 

San Antonio was riding a six-game road winning streak before they ran into a buzz saw in Miami that saw them trail by as many as 29 points before losing 113-101 in their first rematch since Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

 

Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green (hand) and Tiago Splitter (shoulder) are mainstays in the Spurs defense but injuries to these players are beginning to take their toll where they surrendered a season-worst 58.1 field goal percentage to the Miami Heat.

 

Everybody has injuries. You have to deal with them during the season,” said Tony Parker. “Obviously, it’s hurting us but they’re going to come back. We just have to keep pushing and trying to get better.”

 

The Spurs, who own a league-best 16-4 mark away from home will look to take advantage of a Houston team in search of their offense after being swept in a home-and-home series to the Grizzlies that saw them shoot 38.8 percent including 23 of 66 from behind the arc in both games. The Rockets went into those games shooting a league-best 47.0 percent while averaging 109.0 points per game. They lost at home 88-87 and in Memphis 99-81.

 

The last two games we’ve been terrible offensively,” said Chandler Parsons.

 

Rockets scoring leader James Harden who entered the series averaging 24.3 points per contest this season, totaled just 26 points in both games on 8 of 24 shooting should be able to get back on track scoring wise against the Spurs…. a team in which he is averaging 30.0 points per game over his last five contests against since joining the Rockets prior to the 2012-13 season. He’s also shooting 60.9 percent from behind the 3-point line.

 

Houston is 2-0 winning both games on the road (112-106 and 111-98) on the season versus the Spurs and oddsmakers like their chances again as they have made them a slim (minus -1.5) point favorite, but stay up-to-date on the latest spread for the game up until tipoff right here at Wonder Punter.

 

It’s going to be a tough game,” Houston coach Kevin McHale said. “The first two games don’t make any difference. We’re a different team. They’re a different team. We’ve got to play really well. That team lost to Miami, they’re going to come in hungry.”

 

A tough game it is going to be, but I predict the trio of Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili each having a great game to lead the Spurs to a big road win in Houston.

 

Prediction/Pick- San Antonio

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter